South Florida Bike Coalition Board Member Felipe Azenha is the driving force behind our campaign to reduce the speed limit on Brickell Avenue. He writes about his ongoing efforts at TransitMiami.com, a blog for which I also write about transportation issues. Below is a repost of his most recent blog. The woman is lucky to be alive – and we can tell you that her story is (finally) inspiring stronger responses from local and state officials.
Last week a pedestrian was hit near Brickell Avenue. Below is the story according to the victim. Apparently the driver of the vehicle was not ticketed. Natalie Brown from the Brickell Homeowners Association forwarded this email to Transit Miami.
“I’m contacting you because you might be interested in what happened to me November 11. I live at Brickell Place D building and walk most every morning to Publix or Walgreen’s. When I was returning I walked to where I can enter the building….that is the driveway where cars go in and out. I crossed the driveway where the cars are leaving the building and I stood and waited a moment to see if it was clear for me to continue to the gate which I would enter. All of a sudden a white car swung into the drive and came towards me and hit me.
I just layed there on my stomach…..the lady driver came over and was crying and I couldn’t move. Another lady came along….put my jacket under my head (which was bleeding) and she called my husband for me. I think it was a policeman who asked me what happened. All I said was “The driver entered the driveway very very fast.” Then the ambulance came and took me to Mercy Hospital.
It’s ironic that the very next day there was a long article in the Herald about the walkers vs. cars on Brickell! I read your name in the article and thought that you would be interested to hear what happened to me.
According to the police report, I believe that the driver did not get a ticket. I had to have 8 stitches over my eye…there was a large hematoma on my temple and I have bruises and lots of pain in my back.
You are right….there are not enough crosswalks on Brickell, and in fact, to enter our building from Brickell Av. there is not one crosswalk.”
The victim went on to say…
“Indeed we need more crosswalks and I believe that the speed limit should be reduced especially in the residential part of Brickell.”
Commissioner Gimenez and Mayor Regalado attended the BHA meeting last night. Both support pedestrian-friendly improvements on Brickell Avenue. They believe Representative Luis Garcia can help Brickell Avenue residents and businesses by lobbying FDOT in Tallahassee.
If you know of any similar incidents on Brickell Avenue, please let us know in the comments section. Sadly, there is still no word if FDOT will make any ped-friendly improvements on Brickell.
Read more posts by Felipe here.