Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cyclist's death inspires county actions

Two actions growing out of a bicyclist's death on the Rickenbacker Causeway on Jan. 17 go before a committee of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Thursday afternoon.

In one, county Mayor Carlos Alvarez would be directed to submit a plan for combining the seven emergency dispatch centers in the county into one system. Commission Vice Chairman Jose Diaz called for this because a rescue truck to aid the mortally injured Christophe Le Canne was dispatched from South Miami, instead of nearby Key Biscayne or even Coconut Grove.

In the other measure, Commissioners Carlos Gimenez and Sally Heyman seek to set aside 25 cents from every toll collected on the Rickenbacker to promote the safety of bicyclists, walkers and runners on the causeway. Gimenez had signaled this earlier, upon learning that toll money was not supporting the county's Fire Station 15 on Crandon Boulevard, just outside Key Biscayne. At the time Le Canne was struck by a car on the Bear Cut Bridge, Station 15 was out of service under economy measures the fire & rescue department adopted in December.

The commission's Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Committee meets at 2 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at County Hall, 111 N.W. 1st St., Miami.

Meanwhile, here's a Miami Herald follow on our Monday evening post.

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