Bike the Rickenbacker, Get Ready to Two-Wheel in downtown and on the Beach
Let's face it. Miami is one of America's worst places to ride a bicycle.Guys on two wheels get whacked on Brickell, nailed in the Redland, and steamrollered on US 1. Bicycling magazine placed us at the bottom along with Dallas and Memphis not long ago. And Florida is clearly the worst in the nation -- with virtually all of our metro areas among the nation's deadliest.
So we're delighted by the plan -- stated on a memo after the jump -- to open the Rickenbacker Causeway to bicyclists this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. And we support Manny Diaz's Bike Miami, which will close some of downtown to cars on January 18. It's the best thing the guy has done in office
And we positively love the idea -- to be discussed at a public meeting January 26 to build a bike trail along Dade Boulevard to the beach.
Hey maybe the worm has turned. Maybe we can forever roll around in peace. Yeah, right....I'm not pumping up my tires just yet.
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"Ride the rickenbacker" CYCLING EVENT
Traffic Lanes to be Closed for Cyclists Dedication Ceremony at 9:45 a.m. to Feature Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez; County Manager George M. Burgess; Representatives from the City of Miami and Village of Key Biscayne; Miami-Dade County Public Works Director Esther Calas, P.E.; and Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Director Jack Kardys
Northbound traffic lanes will
be closed from
This event also celebrates
the movement to make
"The bike lane project on the Rickenbacker Causeway,
along with the lanes on
The objective of the Rickenbacker Causeway road
resurfacing and bicycle path improvement project was to create continuous
bicycle lanes from the
The resurfacing of the Rickenbacker Causeway and bike path was accomplished in three phases. The first phase of this project was from the east end of Bear Cut Bridge to the east entrance of the Crandon Marina, and consisted of milling and resurfacing the causeway and off-road bicycle path, widening at various intersections, pavement markings for roadway and delineation for future bicycle lanes. Construction of this portion of the facility was completed in July 2006.
Phase two of the project was from the west end of the
Phase three of the project is from
"I look forward to participating in the 'Ride the
Rickenbacker' ceremony. This project will improve safety and better accommodate
the volume of cyclists who currently use the Rickenbacker. The improvements will
"Reducing our carbon omissions by encouraging citizens to use dedicated bicycle lanes and pathways linked to our existing Transit rail, mover and bus service will lessen our impact on the environment while providing outstanding recreational experiences," said Miami-Dade County Manager, George M. Burgess.
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