The traffic law enforcement that some bicyclists ran into on the Rickenbacker Causeway over the past weekend is just the beginning. Miami bicycle coordinator Collin Worth reports today that enforcement will be greater over the next few weeks -- especially when police see pelotons spreading across multiple lanes of the road.
Capt. Martha Singleton of Miami-Dade Police will be at the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 15, to discuss this new development and answer questions. The meeting is scheduled for the Transportation Trust conference room on the 10th floor at 111 NW First St. Starting time is 5:30 p.m.
The causeway's popularity as a place to ride has contributed to this situation. It's not unusual to see as many as a thousand riders on the causeway over the course of a weekend day in nice weather. The tall William Powell Bridge provides one of the few climbing challenges for South Florida riders who seek a strenuous workout, and competitive cyclists especially like to train here.
Among Key Biscayne residents, though, we cyclists are often thought to be a colorful nuisance. An aide to County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, widely considered cyclists' best friend at County Hall, said complaints about road-hogging by cyclists have been steadily growing.
If you're going to keep on riding the Rickenbacker, I urge you to be on your best behavior. Riding two abreast should be OK but you definitely shouldn't let your group fill the road. Stop signs do mean stop. As a class of Floridians who long have traveled under the slogan "Share the Road," let's show our neighbors that we actually mean it.