Wednesday, January 10, 2007

If you want to make things happen...

Energy and desire aren't enough. You also need information, and the best place I know for Miami-area bicyclists to gather information is the county's Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). This volunteer group, led by lawyer and avid cyclist Ted Silver (shown here at last year's Ride of Silence), hears the low-down on just about everything in the realm of law, construction or signage that affects the bicycle world in Miami-Dade County.

Let me explain my use of the term "volunteer." The committee has official standing as an advisor to the county-level Metropolitan Planning Organization, which every community our size has to have to make sure transportation plans are devised and carried out coherently. The MPO consists mostly of elected officials from the counties and cities, while BPAC members are simply civic-minded individuals appointed by, for instance, county commissioners or the local school board.

BPAC's standing meeting time is 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month, downtown at County Hall. I usually ride up from Kendall via Metrorail, but there's also some parking in the area. (I do not recommend taking your bike down there, because you can't roll it into the building and the outdoor bike rack is not secure. It's a substandard rack, in a poorly-lighted spot.)

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