New high-visibility bike lane painting has begun on SE / SW 1st Street in Downtown Miami. Work on the bus lane will begin soon. There will be a "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" on August, 17, 2017 at 10am on the intersection of SE 1st St and SE 2nd Ave. Ride your bike there to check it out for yourself.

The green bike lanes are part of the SE / SW 1st Street pilot project. A complete streets initiative to repurpose the SE / SW 1st Street corridor between SW 2nd Avenue and Biscayne Blvd into a multimodal street that provides transit priority and better accommodates all street users, including cyclists and pedestrians, in a safe and comfortable manner.

The three-lane street is being repurposed and will feature a car lane, a red bus-only lane, and a highly visible dedicated green bike lane. It's worth mentioning that this is a left-side bike lane which is very uncommon in Florida. The pilot project is scheduled to last approximately one year and cost an estimated $500,000.

This complete streets initiative has been a collaborative approach between the Miami DDAMiami Dade County - Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW), and City of Miami with the support of the Health Foundation of South Florida.

Why complete streets?
Complete Streets are streets that provide safe access to everyone, no matter who they are or how they travel – walking, biking, taking transit or driving.

Project Goals
  • Move More People Rather Than Only Cars. Balance mobility and livability by providing transportation choices that are safe and convenient for everyone.
  • Make Our Roads Safer For All Street Users. Thousands are killed or injured in traffic collisions every year nationwide. Initiatives like this one create a safer and more comfortable environment for everyone, whether they’re driving, walking, bicycling, using a wheelchair, or riding transit.
  • Encourage An Efficient Use Of Energy. Walking and biking are zero emission transportation modes that minimize greenhouse gases, noise pollution, and improve air quality.
  • Support A Stronger Local Economy. Complete Streets are supportive of employment, business revitalization, and increased property values.
  • Promote Healthy Lifestyles And A Healthier Community. With over half of Miami-Dade County’s population reportedly overweight or obese, Complete Streets provide a means of incorporating physical activity into people’s everyday lives.

Visit Miami Streets For People for more information.