The Miami Herald today published a joint letter from the Bike Coalition board member, director and member leading our campaign to reduce the speed limit on Brickell Avenue. We’re happy that The Herald continues to cover this important campaign – which has united politicians, neighborhood organizations, business owners, residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists – to make our city’s densest, busiest business/residential street safe for everyone.
FDOT controls Brickell Avenue. This historic street was considered a ‘highway’ before I-95 was built and before tens of thousands of people and families moved in, before it became the epicenter of banking in the Americas and before it was the anchor for Downtown Miami’s booming nightlife. We love Brickell Avenue but it’s not a highway or even a thoroughfare anymore- Brickell is a destination. When FDOT steps up and takes responsibility for Brickell residents and visitors’ safety – it will be mean even more people walking and bicycling there, spending money there and being proud to live and work there. It will be positive not just for Downtown residents and those of us who do business there, but for Greater Miami on the whole. And a 5mph speed reduction in one section is simply not enough. Brickell deserves the speed limit, crosswalks and general treatment of its counterparts in San Francisco, Chicago or London.
Our thanks to The Miami Herald for continuing to cover this issue. We also thank City of Miami Mayor Regalado, City Commissioner Sarnoff, County Commissioner Gimenez and State Representative Garcia for continuing their pressure on an FDOT that is responsible to no one.