Transit Miami Campaigns to Close Wynwood Streets During Second Saturday Art Walk
If you're sick of weaving in and out of idling traffic during Wynwood's Second Saturday Art Walk -- particularly after a couple cocktails -- you're not alone. Many think the popular monthly gathering has gotten too big to remain exclusively a sidewalk affair, and to ensure the public's safety, street closure is the next logical step.
Local advocacy organization Transit Miami (TM) is leading a campaign to close NW Second Avenue for the monthly cultural festival. The group, which advocates "multi-modal" forms of transportation, is taking to the web to launch a "Put the Walk into Wynwood's Art Walk" campaign.
Irked with the lack of logical "walking" space at an event designed for pedestrians, not to mention the potential dangers involved, the TM team decided they were the appropriate voice to harness the efforts.
"We're limiting the potential of the event. We're dedicating too much space for cars and not enough space for people," says Craig Chester, a Transit Miami writer. For Art Walk to continue to evolve, he argues, more public space is a necessity.
Via Facebook and other avenues, the team is encouraging Miamians to get on board with convincing the City of Miami and local Wynwood stakeholders to arrange for a temporary street closure during the monthly event.
Currently, Transit says there's only eight feet of pavement reserved for walkers, while 40 is free for cars to sit idle, honking, revving and generally getting in the way of everything. Chester says the team has also spoken with the Open Streets Project, an organization that offers resources to groups like theirs working for temporary street closures so people can "walk, bike, dance, play, and socialize."