Thursday, March 06, 2008
Bike lanes skirt crowded Brickell
Have you seen the new bicycle lanes on Miami Avenue? The City of Miami put them in as a response to Brickell Avenue residents who felt hassled by bicyclists zipping along the street of highrise towers and its shady sidewalks, left. The bike lanes on Miami Avenue extend from 25th Road to 15th Road -- that is, from a couple blocks northwest of the Rickenbacker Causeway toll gates to a block west of St. Jude Church, where Brickell turns from residential to commercial buildings.
The city's often-neglected Simpson Park lies just west of Miami Avenue, so that's a plus, and this street is definitely pleasant for riding. There's still parallel parking on the street, and the bike lanes are just five feet wide, so you need to be aware that a door may open ahead of you. (Another reason cyclists hate dark-tinted car windows.)