SFBC Director Kathryn Moore and fellow Broward Open Streets Committee Team Member Bil Goetz sat down with Fort Lauderdale Police to plan the route of what we hope will be a March 2011 ‘ciclovia’ in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. We watched this great video from Los Angeles’ inaugural “CicLAvia” event last Sunday and then traveled through different corridors to see what we thought would work best (be most fun for people while not limiting too much access to various destinations by motor/emergency vehicles and not requiring an excessive amount of resources in terms of police, staff, public works, cones, barricades, signs, etc.)
We know that South Florida can have the same success that Los Angeles experienced. Their event took two years of planning (including talking to us about our lessons learned from Bike Miami Days and other advocates from all over the Americas) and over $240,000 – but an estimated 70,000 -100,000 people got to explore their city in a new way because of the dedicated work of inspired volunteers.
There are lots of tweaks and extensions yet to consider in planning Broward’s route but here is a general idea of the streets we are discussing right now – connecting Downtown Ft. Lauderdale and the Riverfront with Holiday Park, Wilton Manors and possibly the beachfront from Las Olas to Birch Park…
- Huizenga Park to Esplanade Park via the RiverWalk
- Esplanade Park to East Las Olas via SE 2nd Street
- East Las Olas to 12th or 15th Avenue and then north to Holiday Park
- From Holiday Park up into Wilton Manors through a residential corridor
- Extending the route down the eastbound/south half of Las Olas Boulevard to AIA and then up the east side of AIA until Birch Park/Sunrise Boulevard.
The mission of the South Florida Bike Coalition is to increase and improve bicycling by fostering collaboration among all of us. If you would like to get more involved in formalizing this (or another) route, please let us know. Alternatively, you can come to any (or tonight’s) meeting of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization to get involved with the Broward Open Streets Group/Team/Committee (We should have a name! Ideas?)
Thanks for following what we are doing and for any support you can give to this campaign to make Broward Open Streets happen!