One reason American urbanites have trouble making the bicycle a part of their daily life is that for three-quarters of a century our cities have been shaped by rules that encouraged sprawl and an over-reliance on personal motor cars. For the past few years, planners in Miami have been working out a new set of regulations meant to bring about smarter land use and more livable cities. The proposed new rules are called Miami 21, and if they're adopted they'll establish walkability and provisions for bicycling on a par with motor traffic.
This new set of zoning regulations goes before the Miami City Commission at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6. This will be the first reading for the ordinance -- and perhaps the last good chance to express your views in public before the commission votes on it.
Here's the Commission agenda.
And in case you can't attend on Thursday, here's where to contact Commission members.