"Architect and avid cyclist Bernard Zyscovich has proposed such an infrastructure upgrade in Miami-Dade, Florida that would convert a killer expressway into a cycle super highway.
Rickenbacker Causeway — linking Miami to Key Biscayne — currently holds three car lanes in each direction, but Zyscovich’s plan would convert the divided highway to two lanes for automobile traffic and a landscape-buffered lane for cyclists and pedestrians. Hardwood trees and bushes that would be planted along the cycle track would increase safety by separating the various modes of transportation.
Zyscovich suggested a preliminary project using plastic poles to separate the lanes, which mimics a plan implemented on I-95. The full project proposal would cost approximately $20 to $30 million along the entire stretch of Rickenbacker Causeway, however, there is currently no official backing for the project."
Really helpful article about problems Cleveland is having implementing and executing their 'complete streets' policy:
Having good city staff — people who are committed to seeing complete streets implemented and understand why it’s important — is crucial. Or, like Charlotte, you can develop and train a working group or committee to oversee the process.
“You have a lot of people that have been around for years that are used to doing things the way they have been doing them,” Seskin said. “You have to change the problem and make them understand they’re solving for a new problem.”
So what do you think needs to happen, Ryan? Is it changing the low? Thowing an event to get more people on the water?
Good article about pedestrian-oriented shopping streets (POSS)
"Much of the potential for POSS to endure ongoing success depends on five strategic principles: first, they have to be readily and easily accessible from, or mixed with, high density residential areas, office buildings, and other businesses and places of work; secondly, they have to be extremely well connected to, and served by, the public transportation system; thirdly, they have to be strategically interconnected with the city's pedestrian system and bicycle routes; fourthly, they have to offer convenient bicycle parking facilities at key access points along the POSS, and/or bicycle services that allow bikers to either bike back to their original point of arrival, or between the parking facilities provided, particularly when the POSS are very long; and fifthly, they have to be planned, designed and managed on an ongoing basis for success."
www.metaphase.co , we're incubating at the moment and planning on having our first meetup in July.
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Our streets still aren't safe for pedestrians to cross, more people are dying or being injured. Let's keep educating drivers about pedestrian rights in the crosswalk, and make it safer for us all out on the street!
This time we'll be meeting in Little Havana, at the corner of SW 8th St and SW 12th Ave to walk in the crosswalk during the time that pedestrians are legally allowed to enter the crosswalk. We will have educational signs and statistics about pedestrians injuries and fatalities for you to carry and walk back and forth with through the crosswalk. We also have educational materials to hand drivers and pedestrians.
Please arrive promptly at 10:30 am, we will go over the rules so everyone is following traffic laws and then we will walk in the crosswalk for about an hour. We will provide signs but feel free to create your own as long as they are educational in nature and don't have inflammatory content.
RSVP here: www.facebook.com/events/363691...