Friday, March 19, 2010

Second chance for bike lanes on Sunset

The state Department of Transportation (FDOT) is taking a second look at adding bike lanes to Sunset Drive just west of South Miami when it's repaved during 2011. They were prompted by a resolution from the Miami-Dade Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which reviewed the plans last month and recommended narrowing the median slightly to gain space enough for bike lanes.

When the plans for Sunset between SW 69th Avenue and SW 84th Place first came to notice last fall, several bicyclists in the general area asked for bike lanes but were told that the state's designation of Sunset as a historic highway made that impossible. However, it turns out that the 1983 law specifically allows bicycle paths if no historic structure has to be removed to build them.

FDOT has set up a public workshop for March 30 for all concerned to review the plans and offer input. Here are details of that:
  • DATE: Tuesday, March 30
  • TIME: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • PLACE: St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 7410 Sunset Drive, South Miami
If you ride in that area and want bike lanes, I recommend that you attend and be prepared to speak up.

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