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.)


vey said...

Bike lanes to to parallel parking are dangerous. I used to use them peering into back windows, until the inevitable happened. I will no longer use a bike lane that is in the door zone.

So, in this case, I would have two choices, either take an alternate route, or ride in the traffic lane. Unfortunately, because of "enclaving" subdivisions, there often is no alternate route.

Motorists get very upset with me when I won't use dangerous bike lanes and threaten me. Now another danger has been introduced.

This "improvement" is anything but one. Until people start complaining about these substandard and dangerous changes, the city planners will never stop installing them.

JHop said...

Given how little traffic there is on Miami Avenue, I think Vey could do fine just using the primary lane instead of the bike lane. The thing to remember is to keep checking your back; having a mirror makes that easier, but there's no substitute for learning to look over each shoulder while traveling in a straight line.

Vey is right about the enclave effect here. At 15th Road, a northbound rider is blocked from continuing on Miami Avenue. I didn't have time to look for a ride-around the other day, but I will soon.

Anonymous said...

How can the Japanese have cyclists everywhere and everyone live in harmony yet the rest of the world needs cycle lanes?

Encouraging people to use bikes on the path and giving them right of way means more people cycle and less use the car. Some people will always be afraid of cycling on roads and they tend to be the people that are slower.