Thursday, October 08, 2009

Miami OKs three bike bills

The Miami City Commission passed the city's first bike master plan today, without opposition. Only commissioners Sarnoff, Sanchez and Regalado were voting on the plan, one of Mayor Manny Diaz's signature initiatives as his term of office winds down. The plan was amended, at the Miami River Commission's request, to more specifically include the Miami River and Overtown greenways.

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After hours of debate, a compromise plan for developing Virginia Key was adopted. The compromise, sponsored by Commissioner Sarnoff, was to go ahead now with building mountain bike trails on the key's North Point, but to defer decisions for the rest of the key until May 2010. There's been an offer from the mountain bikers who use Oleta River State Park to supply trained volunteers o build trails on North Point, at negligible cost to the cash-short city. At Oleta, members of the support group, Oleta River Adventure Association, ride free while others pay $4.

The resolution for bicycle parking in major new construction also passed its first reading, 4-0, with Commissioner Gonzalez missing from the dais. The parking proposal was written by the city's transportation department in parallel to the bike master plan, the latter outsourced to Street Plans Collaborative. The next commission meeting will be Oct. 22.

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