Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Green light for long-sought improvement on Commodore Trail

A Miami review board gave qualified approval Tuesday to Miami-Dade County's plans to improve the popular Commodore Trail, which comprises a particularly scenic stretch of the county's original Bike Route 1. The plans reviewed by the city's Historic and Environmental Preservation Board are for repair and in some places widening of the multi-use path from Aviation Avenue through Coconut Grove and down Douglas Road to Ingraham Highway. Work on the
Commodore's eastern end, from Aviation to the mouth of the Rickenbacker Causeway, isn't planned for anytime soon.

Especially west of center Grove, the most avid users of the trail are probably runners. Hundreds train here weekly for marathons and other tests of endurance. But casual cyclists and some commuters use it regularly, and the broken pavement and narrow spots where trees and other plants reach over the path have been a concern for years. So have impatient drivers who park on the path or even drive on it during busy hours. 

The board's approval was unanimous, but qualified. The conditions applied included:
  • Any trees removed from the right of way are to get replacements, also in the right of way, within 200 feet of the original.
  • Only trees indicated on the plans may be removed.
  • The path be marked for the use of bikes and pedestrians only. 
Improving the Commodore was one of the original goals of Green Mobility Network, which joined the advocacy committee of Everglades Bicycle Club in calling for the project to get a higher priority.

Thanks to Peter Schuetz of Green Mobility Network for the photos. 

2 comments:

VK observer said...

Re: " Work on the
Commodore's eastern end, from Aviation to the mouth of the Rickenbacker Causeway, isn't planned for anytime soon. "
Why was that omitted? Is it in good shape or lack of funding? It seems that with the improvements Miami-Dade is planning to make on the Rickenbacker Causeway to bike and pedestrian lanes, that improving this stretch would be most appropriate.

JHop said...

The east end is waiting for some storm-drain work that does not have funding yet. So rather than delay all the trail, they started on the west end. Some of that's pretty bad, too, in my view.