New Bike Lanes SW 127th Ave



It appears that the east side of SW 127th Avenue between Miller Dr (56th St) & Bird Rd (42nd Street) was partially striped for bike lanes earlier today. There are no bike lane signs up yet, but I can't imagine it being anything other than bike lanes, unless it's an equestrian path, keep in mind this part of Miami-Dade is known as "Horse Country". There's an abundance of migrant workers who ride their bicycles in this area as it is their only means of transportation. It's unfortunate that due to lack of education these bike lanes will go mostly unused, the 40mph speed limit will also discourage most people from using the lanes and remaining on the sidewalks.

Update 4/29
These are indeed bike lanes and they extend from Bird Rd to Kendall Dr on 127th Ave

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Bike Miami Days | Orange Bike Parade : Video

Great turnout at Bike Miami Days / Orange Bike Parade yesterday morning. Coconut Grove once again proved to be the ideal location for Bike Miami Days, it was a fun family event that allowed bicyclists and pedestrians to safely enjoy the area. This was the first Bike Miami Days under Mayor Tomás Regalado, and the 2nd Annual Orange Bike Parade for the local dutch community.

There was plenty for kids to do and free entertainment for everyone. Some children played in a bounce house, others rode bicycles through an obstacle course, and younger ones experienced the event from the trailer off their parents bikes.

Below are a just few other attractions and services at the event:

  • Jungle Island brought a few birds, a python and baby alligator for show and tell.
  • Youth Bike provided free bicycle repair service and encouraged kids to draw bicycle safety propaganda.
  • Green Mobility Network provided Bike Valet.
  • A Gavioli fair organ playing tunes from an early 20th Century Renault truck.
  • The Netherlands Consulate raffle included great prizes and the winner of the Bike Decorating Contest took home a Gazelle bicycle.


Here's a video from the event:




Thanks to the City of Miami, Mack Cycles, M.O.S.T. and all the sponsors and volunteers who made this possible. Special thanks to the Netherlands Consulate for the FREE orange "Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike!" t-shirts supplied to the masses!

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T-shirts & spoke cards!

If you reserved a Miami Bike Scene t-shirt last week you should be receiving a message from me shortly with information concerning how to pick your order up. This was a limited run and the shirts will be gone by the weekend. I will NOT be bringing these to Critical Mass, so make sure you get them this week. Thanks to everyone who ordered a shirt, I can't wait to see people riding around town sporting them.



FREE spoke cards for the first people to pick up shirts, very very limited.



One more thing.. some of you may recall the sticker contest I mentioned here a few days ago? Details are still forthcoming, just know the contest will involve a camera, Twitter & Facebook. The prize is a Miami Bike Scene t-shirt, along with some other goodies. Stay tuned...

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Broward Critical Mass | Ft. Lauderdale



Saturday, May 1st
8pm

Brew Urban Cafe
638 N. Federal Hwy
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

Don't forget to bring lights! Also, Miami Critical Mass is the evening before.




RSVP on Facebook.



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Note: Broward had a (954) Critical Mass circa 2006-2007. It's now been defunct for a few years so it's great to see a new one spring forth. The new Broward Critical Mass switches location every month. In March the ride was in Coral Springs, this ride is in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Miami Beach : Bike Lanes / Sharrows



Brief recap of the FDOT SR-A1A (5th Street) public information meeting I attended on Wednesday afternoon. To my surprise the meeting was poorly attended, I counted 4 or 5 residents during my time there. The overall atmosphere though was much more pleasant than that of the meeting on Sunset Drive last month, maybe it's because FDOT actually had a good plan to share.

The plan is for all lanes of traffic to be reduced to 11' from Lennox Ave to Washington Ave and a 4' bike lane to be striped on both sides of the road. The bike lanes will not continue onto Collins or Ocean because there are only two lanes available, same with the west bound lanes going to Alton or West. Pedestrians will benefit greatly from added pattern textured crosswalks and sidewalk repairs. Construction begins April 2011.

Gary from Green Mobility Network and I had the opportunity to speak briefly with City of Miami Beach Transportation Manager, Xavier Falconi. He informed us about a few upcoming bike lane/path projects in the city, one which stood out involves a current study being conducted for the placement of sharrows on Washington Avenue from 17th St to South Pointe Park. If all goes as planned Miami Beach will be the first city in the county to implement sharrows. This is very exciting news, it's about time someone took the initiative to utilize sharrows. According to Mr. Falconi the sharrows could go up in as soon as 6 months.

Other future projects for Miami Beach:

Bike lanes on 71st St/Normandy Dr from Collins Ave to Bay Dr
Bike path on Dade Blvd from Purdy Ave to Washington Ave

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2010 Florida State Track Championships



Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome
9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, FL 33024

Entry Fee: $10
Registration closes at 7:15pm
Participants must bring their USA Cycling license.
Spectators are welcome.

Dates:

Saturday April 17th 7:30pm
Florida State Track Championships : Pursuit / Scratch Race

Saturday May 22nd 7:30pm
Florida State Track Championships : Kilo / 500 Meters

Saturday June 5th June 26th 7:30pm
Florida State Track Championships : Sprints

Saturday July 10th 7:30pm
Florida State Track Masters Championships : 200 Meters, Kilo, Scratch Race

Sunday July 11th 9:00am
Florida State Track Masters Championships : Sprints, Pursuit, Points Race

Saturday August 28th 7:30pm
Florida State Track Championships : Team Sprint

Saturday October 2nd 7:30pm
Florida State Track Championships : Juniors

Saturday October 9th 7:30pm
Florida State Track Championships : Keirin


For more information, please call velodrome office (954) 437-2626 after 3pm


Helmets are mandatory. Bicycle must be track bike or fixed gear with drop bars. No brakes allowed! You may rent a helmet and track bike if you don't have one.


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Spotted!

Spotted! is a recurring segment on The Miami Bike Scene which profiles random cyclists spotted on the streets of S. Florida.




Spotted! at Flamingo Park
Name: Mark
Age: 52

What are you riding?
Diamondback Drifter

Where do you live?
South Beach

Where are you headed?
Going to the gym/yoga and to drop off a dvd rental.

Do you ride to commute or for recreation?
Mostly recreation

How long have you been riding?
47 years

Favorite bike shop?

N/A

Favorite place to ride in S. Florida.
South Beach and Shark Valley

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Why Drive? Campaign



These are slick, they remind motorists how practical cycling is and simultaneously promote the blog, hopefully they can encourage a few folks to get out of their cars an try riding a bicycle to work or school for a change.

Unlike The Miami Bike Scene logo stickers which have sporadically shown up throughout the city, these labels are primarily intended to be seen by motorists stuck in traffic.

The "Why Drive?" design pays homage to the classic "Ride...Metrorail" stencil on the 836/Dolphin Exwy, while the "You'd Be Home By Now" is a nod to surburban living with a slight twist.



The best opportunity we have as cyclists to encourage motorists to trade their cars for bicycles is when they are at their most vulnerable (i.e. gridlock). While they're frustrated in traffic and cursing their cars we give them the simple message.. cycling can save you a lot of time.

For instance, take S Dixie Hwy/US1 around Coconut Grove, vehicles are backed up for miles during rush hour and cyclists can be observed by motorists moving along swiftly via the M-Path. Someone who works in Downtown and lives in the South Miami, Coral Gables, or Coconut Grove area can probably get to and from work faster than someone driving during peak hours. If driving, one has to consider traffic, possible accidents, and then trying to find parking once you've reached your destination. We can then add the cost of fuel and parking to the equation and it makes you wonder why more people aren't cycling to work? The fact that the M-Path is in dire need of help is a part of the answer, the other part which is more difficult is erasing the S. Florida car-centric mentality.

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T-Shirts



I will be getting a limited run of The Miami Bike Scene t-shirts later this week. Printed on Gildan 100% cotton pre-shrunk shirts, the tees are $10 each and help support the blog, MIA Fixed, beer fund, and various other small projects I'm working on, but mostly the beer fund. Reserve one today!

I have included a catalog above with a ( # ) next to each shirt, select the color combination you like, and email me your size and model # (1-8).

Please include your name, ph#, model #, and t-shirt size.

The shirts may be purchased from me directly before 4/27, after that date they will only be available at 1 or 2 select bike shops (TBD).

*The color selections provided above are the only ones currently available. Sizes S-4XL, youth sizes also available.

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Ban Driver Texting



Florida does not currently have a law prohibiting texting while driving. Please sign the petition started by John Hopkins of Green Mobility Network to reduce distracted driving in Florida by adopting HB41 / SB448, which will ban texting while driving.

"Now is the time to put a stop to the dangerous habit of drivers text-messaging at the wheel of their moving vehicles. You can help by signing this petition -- today -- to nudge state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff of Fort Lauderdale and state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla of Miami to let the issue out of committee so it can be voted into law." - John Hopkins

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Bike Miami Days | Coconut Grove

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
9:00am – 2:00pm

Peacock Park
2820 McFarlane Road
Miami, FL 33131



City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, the Consul General of the Netherlands Lucita Moenir Alam, and the Dutch community will kick off the first Bike Miami Days of 2010 and Second Annual Orange Bike Parade.

South Bayshore Drive, McFarlane Road, Commodore Plaza, Fuller Street, Main Highway and Grand Avenue will be closed to cars so that bicyclists, pedestrians, rollerbladers and others can explore Coconut Grove in a fun, safe and completely FREE way.

“This is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy,” said Mayor Regalado. “Cycling is a fun and green way to see all the beautiful things our city has to offer.”

The event will mark the Second Annual Orange Bike Parade, hosted by Consul Alam to commemorate the Dutch’s preferred mode of transportation for centuries and also support the City’s effort to make Miami a more bike-friendly city.

Cyclists will have the opportunity to ride freely along a designated route in Coconut Grove. Other activities will include giveaways, skateboard demos, and bike clinics.

Scheduled Events
9:00am Streets Closed to Vehicles
10:00am Kickoff / Announcements*

City Officials Address the Public*
Get your free GoGreenGoDutchGoBike T-shirt and raffle ticket at the Dutch Pavilion
Fitness Together – group stretching*
10:30am Orange Bike Parade
12:15pm - 12:45pm Bike Decorating Contest
1:00pm Green Monkey Yoga*
2:00pm Streets Open to Vehicles

*Distribution of T-shirts & raffle tickets while supplies last or until 12:30 pm

All Day Activities
Mack Cycle and Fitness – Bike Demos
Bike and Roll – Free Bike Rentals
Buddy Bike – Free Tandem Rentals
Skateboard Demos
Miami Science Museum – Flubber
Radio Caracol
DJ in Peacock Park
Green Mobility Network – Free Bike Valet
Youth Bike – Arts and Crafts Table
Strolling Musicians
Miami Capoeira Sol e Lua (Afro-Brazilian Martial Art/Dance)
Dangerfun Circus Troupe

* at Peacock Park

RSVP for this event here.

For more information about the Orange Bike Parade, visit the Facebook page for SoBe Dutch – CG Miami. For sponsorship opportunities, to volunteer, or learn more about Bike Miami Days, contact Collin Worth or visit www.bikemiamiblog.wordpress.com


Here's a video from last year's Bike Miami Days | Orange Bike Parade

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Weekend Photos

Here's a few photos from some of the events which took place this weekend.


4/10 - Miami Beach Community Ride

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4/10 - Emerge Miami / Save the Arboretum Bike Ride

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4/10 - Homicide investigation during Wynwood Art Walk.
Notice the roll of yellow caution tape on the handlebars, eerie.

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4/11 - 2010 Nautica South Beach Triathlon
Photo by Slip

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4/11 - Sunrise Classic Criterium
Photos by Erica Elliott Baker
More great photos of the crit available here and here.

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4/11 - Team Keirin MS Donation Drive

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Stick 'Em Up



Just made more The Miami Bike Scene stickers. The initial batch was gone surprisingly fast, I wasn't aware people were so into stickers. I'm hoping folks find a good place to put these, they are 4"x4" and I don't recommend putting them on bikes, they're too big for proper alignment on bike tubes. Don't fret though, spoke cards will be available soon, those go on your bike dummy!

As of now the only way to get the stickers is directly from me, these will not be mailed out to anyone. I'll be around this weekend at various events, ask and you shall receive.

Also, please leave a comment if you spot some of these around town (include where you saw it). Within the next couple of days there will be a fun contest, more details to come so stay tuned.



Disclaimer: Do not put stickers, posters or other materials on public or private property unless you have permission. We are not responsible for any fines or other legal consequences (including possible arrest) you suffer if you post materials in an illegal location.

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Bicycle Weekend Guide April 10-11



Not much going on today, but Saturday & Sunday are loaded with cycling events. There's something for everyone: community rides, time trial, crit race, alleycat, bmx demo, and a fundraiser BBQ/event. Try and make it out to one or more of the events listed below.


Saturday, April 10th

zMotion Sunrise Classic
Circuit/Time Trial race @ BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise.
8:00am-7:00pm

Miami Beach Community Ride
Ride with police escort around Miami Beach.
9:00am

Save the Arboretum Bike Ride
Community ride to UM from Downtown Miami. In conjunction with Emerge Miami ride.
10:00am

Emerge Miami CM Meetup
(see Save the Arboretum Bike Ride)

Best Friends Forever WPB Alleycat
West Palm Beach "2 Person Team" alleycat race.
2:00pm

Board Up Miami
This is an action sports festival, they'll have a few bmx demos.
10:00am-7:00pm



Sunday, April 11th

zMotion Sunrise Classic
Criterium Race in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
8:00am

Team Keirin MS Donation Drive
BBQ, bake sale, and bike parts sale/swap to raise money for Keirin Cycles MS Team.
12:00-6:00pm

Ride To Roubaix 2010
Ride around FTL and then watch the Paris-Roubaix live at a pub/restaurant.
4:00pm

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Team Keirin MS150 Fundraiser



Sunday, April 11th
12pm-6pm

Keirin Cycles
235 A 9th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Team Keirin is hosting this special event to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, remember Bike MS is next weekend (April 17-18),


Lots of food & fun in store:

  • BBQ
  • Bake Sale
  • Bike Parts Swap & Sale
  • Open Sprints
  • Quick Stop Contest
  • Foxtail On The Fixie
  • Best Of Competition
  • Trick Competition

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Spotted!

Spotted! is a recurring segment on The Miami Bike Scene which profiles random cyclists spotted on the streets of S. Florida.




Spotted! at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club
Name: Malcolm
Age: 55

What are you riding?
Mid-80s Bianchi.

Where do you live?
West Kendall

Where are you headed?
Doing a few laps around the golf course w/ my daughter.

Do you ride to commute or for recreation?
Recreation

How long have you been riding?
About 3 years.

Favorite bike shop?

Andante Bikes

Favorite place to ride in S. Florida.
EBC Snowbird and the rides with Naples Pathway Coalition / FROGG

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Biscayne/Everglades Greenway Bike Festival May 1-2



Saturday, May 1st
7:30am

Downtown Homestead
41 N. Krome Avenue
Homestead, FL 33034

"Two supported rides beginning from downtown Homestead. The 30 mile Secret Garden Ride and The 62 Mile, Metric Century Ride with exciting new rest stops. Luncheon served at end of ride and included in the $40 event price."

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Sunday, May 2nd
9:00am

Biscayne National Park Visitor's Ctr
9700 SW 328th St
Homestead, FL 33033

"Sunday is a FREE event beginning at Biscayne National Park. A non supported fat tire bike tour of new Greenway Trail, escorts will guide participants."

Register here.

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Bicycle & Pedestrian Mobility Survey : Downtown



"The Metropolitan Planning Organization for Miami Dade County has launched a planning initiative to improve bicycle and and pedestrian mobility in Downtown Miami. One of the many elements in a planning effort like this is a user survey. Taking 5 minutes to complete the Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Survey for Downtown will help Miami DDA and the MPO set project priorities for Downtown."

Take the survey

Note: Many people have encountered errors with this survey.

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Miami named #44 Best City for Biking



According to the May issue of Bicycling magazine, Miami has been named the #44 Best City for Biking and is now one of five up-and-coming cities.

"In less than two years, Miami has gone from being one of the worst bike cities in America to one that strives to be one of the best. Former mayor Manny Diaz hired the city's first bike-ped coordinator, and the city has hosted a number of ciclovia events. New bike lanes, sharrows and trails are in the works."

Congratulations Miami, you certainly have shown some improvement, but don't let it go to your head because you still have a very long way to go.


Top 5 Best Cities:

#1 Minneapolis, Minnesota
#2 Portland, Oregon
#3 Boulder, Colorado
#4 Seattle, Washington
#5 Eugene, Oregon

Worst Cities:

Birmingham, Alabama
Jacksonville, Florida
Memphis, Tennessee

5 Rising Stars:

#8 New York City
#17 Albuquerque, New Mexico
#23 Long Beach, California
#39 Cleveland, Ohio
#44 Miami, Florida

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Bike Prom : Video

Overdue recap and video from the 1st annual Miami Bike Prom which took place on Friday March 19th. Organized by Emerge Miami & M.O.S.T. the event attracted about 40 cyclists adorned mostly in fancy attire. The group rode around downtown Miami and made a few stops to dance and party in local parks. The sound system provided by Daus Studenberg was clearly the highlight of the evening as can be seen in the video, hopefully Daus can bring this set-up out to future community rides. After the ride the group stopped over at Vagabond & BAR for refreshments and more dancing. Overall it was a wonderful ride on a beautiful night, just another example of how great it is to explore the city on two wheels.

Congratulations to Daus & CoJo! 2010 Bike Prom King & Queen.

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Bikes May Use The Full Lane?

In the summer of 2009 the City Of Miami ran a bicycle safety ad campaign on bus shelters throughout the city. The public service ads informed motorists about the "3-Feet Law", that "Bikes May Use Full Lane", and for cyclists to "Always Use Lights At Night". The campaign was welcomed by cyclists who finally felt acknowledged by the local government. However, in recent months a few cyclists have received citations for doing exactly what one of those ads advised, using the full lane. I have obtained a traffic citation which was recently issued in Little Havana for violation of Florida Statute 316.2065 (5), during this particular incident the cyclist was instructed to "move to the right or get on the sidewalk". Really?



Using the full lane when allowed is one of the safest practices for cyclists, it prevents too-close in-lane passing and right hook turns. Also, cyclists riding past parallel-parked cars should maintain a clearance of 4 feet to avoid risk of collision with an opening car door. Below is an example of the actual road where the ticket was issued with an illustration of where the cyclist was riding. The cyclist was using the full right lane on a one-way three-lane road with on-street parking and a 30 mph speed limit.



Informing cyclists that "Bikes May Use Full Lane" only to have police berate them can be very disconcerting. Miami claims it is committed to becoming a Bicycle Friendly City by 2012, yet in 2010 cyclists are receiving citations and advised to ride on the sidewalk and/or gutter. Miami will never be a safe place to ride a bicycle if cyclists continue to be wrongfully punished for riding their bicycles by those who uphold the law.

Email Collin Worth at cworth@miamigov.com (305) 416-1022 and ask him what the City of Miami is doing to educate law enforcement, because if they don't understand bicycle laws how can we expect motorists to.

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Florida Statute 316.2065 Bicycle regulations.

(5)(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:

1. When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

2. When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

3. When reasonably necessary to avoid any condition, including, but not limited to, a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, animal, surface hazard, or substandard-width lane, that makes it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge. For the purposes of this subsection, a "substandard-width lane" is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a one-way highway with two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of such roadway as practicable.


Download the Florida Bicycle Law Enforcement Guide

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Spotted!

Spotted! is a new segment I had been meaning to add here for quite some time now, it's a brief Q&A's which profiles cyclists spotted on the streets of S. Florida. This afternoon I finally got the nerve to start stopping random cyclists on the road and ask them a few cycling questions. The first cyclist I approached was easygoing and not creeped out by my requests, we were both waiting for the drawbridge on the Venetian and I found it was the perfect opportunity. I asked him if he was willing to answer a few quick questions and have his photo taken with his bike and he agreed. I gave him a The Miami Bike Scene sticker and told him to check out the site. Floh, a recent transplant to Miami was not familiar with the blog, he was surprised and excited when I told him Miami had a Critical Mass. Spotted! will be an ongoing segment so you can expect more profiles soon. Also, the blog can now be found at themiamibikescene.com. Spread the word.




Spotted! on the Venetian Causeway

Name: Floh
Age: 35

What are you riding?
Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra.

Where do you live?
Midtown Miami

Where are you headed?
Lincoln Road

Do you ride to commute or for recreation?
Both

How long have you been riding?
Since I was 3-yrs old.

Favorite bike shop?

I just moved here from Brooklyn and I'm originally from Germany. I don't have a favorite shop yet.

Favorite place to ride in S. Florida.
Key Biscayne & Venetian

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Miami Beach / 5th Street Bike Lane Meeting



Wednesday, April 14th
6pm-8pm

Miami Beach Police Athletic League
999 11th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

"The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Six, will conduct a public information meeting about a roadway project on State Road (S.R.) A1A / 5th Street / MacArthur Causeway from West Avenue to Collins Avenue.

The proposed scope of work includes: repaving of the road; replacement of damaged sidewalks, curbs and gutters; reconstruction of pedestrian ramps; median closure at Euclid Avenue to improve safety conditions; addition of bicycle lanes; minor signalization improvements; and new signs and pavement markings.

The meeting will follow an informal format that allows the public to arrive at any time from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graphic displays of the project will be showcased at this meeting and FDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. Please contact Marta Rodriguez, Public Information Specialist, if you have any questions about this project at (305) 470-5203 or by email at marta.rodriguez@dot.state.fl.us."

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Save the Arboretum Bike Ride



Saturday, April 10th
10am

Government Center
101 NW First St
Downtown Miami

Bike from Government Center to the Gifford Arboretum in the University of Miami. Join the group for a tour by arboretum curator, Dr. John Cozza. Help save the historic UM Gifford Arboretum from road construction. Pack a picnic for lunch. 12pm-2pm

RSVP here.

This ride will join up with the Emerge Miami 10am 2nd Saturday ride.

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