A South Miami bicyclist, Lisa Fox, is raising an alarm over the city's plans to pretty up Sunset Drive between SW 62nd and 67th Avenues. She spoke up during the City Commission meeting Tuesday night, because the planned wide median and elaborate sidewalks leave out any improvement in bicycle access. She got nowhere. I encourage you to read Fox's statement at the Robertson Adams blog and let the city know what you think about it.
One commissioner asked why provisions for bicycling were not included in the plans offered on the consent agenda that night. The response, I heard second-hand, was that the city had asked for money for bike facilities and money was not available for that purpose. Someone either misunderstood or was misinformed. If this is stimulus transportation funding being used for the project, as the meeting summary indicates, providing for bicycles definitely would be allowed.
Bicyclists in and around South Miami, let your voices be heard. The next City Commission meeting is May 19 at 7:30 p.m., and I hope to see you there. But we don't have to wait. You can learn where to speak up now by clicking on the city website.