Key Biscayne Wants to Levy Toll for Bicycles On Rickenbacker

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The Key Biscayne Village Council has proposed a toll for bicyclists crossing the Rickenbacker causeway. The council wants Miami-Dade County to erect a wall on the Rickenbacker that would separate bike traffic for vehicle traffic, and has suggested a bike toll as a way to fund the project.

Several bicyclist have been hit by cars in the past few years, and two wrecks involving drunk drivers resulted in fatalities.

According to an Islander News story as tweeted by Miami Bike Scene, The Village Council voted on the measure last week. Key Biscayne's attorney will now draft a letter to Miami-Dade asking for the construction of the wall, and that it be funded, at least in part, by a bicycle toll.

The idea has taken off like a lead balloon in the local bike community.

"Making cyclists pay a toll for their own safety is akin to a punishment for merely riding a bike," Transit Miami's Craig Chester told Huffington Post Miami.

No exact free has been decided, nor has any method to actually collect the tolls.

Tolling bicyclists tend to be rare, but a minor controversy was set off this year when New York City proposed tolling bikers on certain bridges.

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stopteri
stopteri

More cyclists= fewer car drivers which reduces traffic congestion. You'd think people driving in cars would rejoice that they now have fewer cars to compete with for space. If you give cyclists a separated cycle track, I betcha most of them will be more than happy to get "out of your way" and use the space provided them.

jordanmf
jordanmf

@MackCycleMiami pretty nuts. Im sure its being debated to deter cyclists from one of the best places to ride. No cyclists no wall. #loselose

TheGroupRide
TheGroupRide

@MackCycleMiami It's completely ridiculous.

csnewman
csnewman

@MackCycleMiami Taxing bikes? Bad idea. What about those riding on the multi-use path? Should we charge pedestrians too? #whytaxbikes

aaron_wa
aaron_wa

@MackCycleMiami no thank you! #whytaxbikes

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

@ David Alonso. You suck bro. You're what's wrong with Miami.

Miss Brache's
Miss Brache's

@NICHO and @CRAIG A cyclist inconveniences you like what 5-30 seconds to pass around them. Plus, a barrier will keep them out of your way. I have to ride my bike because I can't afford a car. Trust me you in you car will get everywhere faster and safer than I ever will.

trieyedoc
trieyedoc

@AllisonLinnell @miaminewtimes saw several new reporting vans out there early this AM. I would pay only if they could guarantee my safety!!

Miami Estate Buyers
Miami Estate Buyers

Can the government possibly suck any more blood from us? not even on bikes are we left in peace.

Nassie Shahoulian
Nassie Shahoulian

this is america , love it or leave it , but if you do leave be ready to pay a toll

anon1
anon1

fuck that.

tolls for cars.

Jimi Santoli
Jimi Santoli

Safety? You want safety? Get cops out there to stop the speeders? People still speed. They don't care.

David Alonso
David Alonso

@ Al Juarismi "If they do that, the cyclist accidents down ingraham hwy and Old Cutler Road will spike!!! Heed my words, Cuba's backyard! " If you dislike Miami I will happily help you back.

Gracian L. Casas
Gracian L. Casas

We tax motorists for road repair that is done over time because of the weight of a car.. To tax a bicyclist is just another way to extort money out of people. It should be criminal. What next a toll to walk down the sidewalk? These people are outta control!!!

Gracian L. Casas
Gracian L. Casas

We tax motorists for road repair that is done over time because of the weight of a car.. To tax a bicyclist is just another way to extort money out of people. It should be criminal. What next a toll to walk down the sidewalk? These people are outta control!!!

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

If the Rickenbacker was owned by the Marlins the we'd build the bridge improvements for free. :)

Saul David Ferrerosa
Saul David Ferrerosa

Preposterous! They need to chill out on the charging tolls on people...what the heck is wrong with them, under what pretense are they getting their ideas from. Greedy city. Completely unfair.

Saul David Ferrerosa
Saul David Ferrerosa

Preposterous! They need to chill out on the charging tolls on people...what the heck is wrong with them, under what pretense are they getting their ideas from. Greedy city. Completely unfair.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

@nicho chi - They don't 'slow down traffic'. People on bikes ARE traffic.

Nicho Chi
Nicho Chi

Totally fair, they slow down traffic...

Nicho Chi
Nicho Chi

Totally fair, they slow down traffic...

Jayne Rhodes
Jayne Rhodes

No i don't . Global warming, Fossil fuels running out, America the fattest nation on earth and they want to charge people for doing something about it ??????

Jayne Rhodes
Jayne Rhodes

No i don't . Global warming, Fossil fuels running out, America the fattest nation on earth and they want to charge people for doing something about it ??????

Markus Wagner
Markus Wagner

The responses here are encouraging to say the least ... which could be useful should this ever come down to having to put up a fight over this.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

No, that road should be free to bicyclists. I think it's absurd that a barrier be even discussed. We have 2 fatalities that fall within what one would expect for traffic fatalities for bicyclists. Considering one was because the motorist was partying all night and hit the cyclist, that was wrong place at the wrong time for a drunk driver. The other fatality, 2 cyclists riding in the dark, motorist failed to maintain the designated road lane. What were the real factors, motorist fatigue, motorist stupidity, motorist poor night vision, motorist just is a lousy driver. Notice the trend here, poor motorist driving habits. Well hold them accountable and responsible when all it is a traffic violation and not a fatality. Maybe you get them off the road with a suspended DL ? Then again, that doesn't seem to stop anyone these days ? So again, even the 2nd fatality is an unavoidable tragedy. How much do these barriers cost ? Because at worst they should be bought and paid for to implement, rather than a source of eternal revenue. I really think the situation blowing up like this to a point of making demands, hey you wanted it, you got it.

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

We should be encouraging cycling for health, transportation and environmental reasons. All this would do is discourage it.  Also, cyclists impart way less stress on the road then cars and trucks do. So why should the toll be equal? And if bicycles are to be treated as vehicles, they can to a point. Bikes are not cars. One is human powered and one is gasoline powered and they need to be treated accordingly. 

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

the funny thing is that 80% of the profits, will be devoured by them lawyers who came up with the "language" to draft that ordinance...

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

the funny thing is that 80% of the profits, will be devoured by them lawyers who came up with the "language" to draft that ordinance...

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

What's next, a toll to walk on the sidewalk? No way!

dc_permit_boss
dc_permit_boss

@MiamiNewTimes hell ya. If they want to use the road like a car they need to pay like a car

Alexia Ayars
Alexia Ayars

Pretty soon there will be a toll/fee to walk on sidewalks - sheesh

rudylesch
rudylesch

As someone who lives in KB and drives in and out every day, rain or shine (yes, bikers dont usually ride in the rain) why would we the residents be penalized for outsiders who come to enjoy the resources the Key offers? When families come to the beach in their cars, they have to pay... twice; the toll and then the park fees. So why are bikers (sorry, cyclists... bikers have real bikes), who are supposed to abide by the traffic laws, as mm2kay stated, are to be exempt? The last accident on the causeway about three or four weeks ago in front of the Rusty Pellican, which by the way, didn't get much media coverage, guess who was to blame? That's right, the biker. Not a drunk driver, not someone texting, not someone speeding... just someone who happened to be in the way of an all-mighty douche cyclist and HIS right-of-way.

 

You're not going to qualify for "Le Tour" by going over the less than half mile hill climb that is the William Powell, and then riding the rest of your route on flat land... get over it. You dont need to ride on Belleton when there isn't an organized race. You want to do that, go rent the Homestead Motor Speedway... they need the revenue too.

 

Learn how to Kayak or pay the toll... and obey the law like the rest of us have to in order to protect ourselves from the spandex-clad likes of you.

Mauricio Palacio
Mauricio Palacio

That's crazy, as if they're not stealing enough already from all of us...

Mauricio Palacio
Mauricio Palacio

That's crazy, as if they're not stealing enough already from all of us...

AllisonLinnell
AllisonLinnell

@trieyedoc totally agree just not convinced a wall is good 4 cyclists. What if u avoid a crash and find urself crashing into a wall instead?

manrodriguez1964
manrodriguez1964

 @rudylesch Unfortunately we have reached the point in society that even an ant that measures a quarter of an inch must be respected, shit i just bought a home close to the Everglades, it's quiet and  pristine,  you can still smell the grass lands and still there are idiots that are trying to discourage our way of living.

trieyedoc
trieyedoc

@AllisonLinnell yeah, not sure a wall is the solution. Who knows, doubt it will pass.

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