The South Florida Bike Coalition will continue to seek an appropriate posted speed limit for the full length of Brickell Avenue that meets Florida state standards for residential/business districts (25-30mph) despite the recent concession from FDOT to reduce the 40mph to 35mph.
We are thrilled that FDOT has agreed to add Shared Use Lane Markings (sharrows) to the roadway because we know this will increase motorist awareness of the many Brickell area residents, business people and service industry employees who bicycle for transportation along the Avenue.
And we are still working with FDOT to get ‘Share the Road’ signs up during construction and ‘Ride Right Drive Right’ or ‘May Use Full Lane’ signs up after construction.
That said, we were able to get this reduction because while speed reviews done in September by FDOT justified the two separate posted speed limits of 35mph and 40mph, new studies that we asked for (and completely just after Thanksgiving) apparently yielded new results for the south section. We will be working with volunteers and the TransitMiami.com team to review these studies and will provide you with a breakdown of what we get, how we do it, what conclusions we come to and, hopefully, a better understanding to how FDOT can say that 35mph is safe for residents in the heaviest use pedestrian street in our city.
NOTE: Bike Coalition board member and fellow TransitMiami.com writer will be posting additional response on TransitMiami.com shortly. Be sure to read it.