The city of Miami Beach just added new, brightly painted green bike lanes — also called high emphasis green bike lanes.
That $500,000 project entails reducing automobile lanes on the one-way eastbound street, which planners say does not carry a heavy traffic load, from three to one. That blueprint preserves on-street parking while making room for a green-painted bike lane delineated by plastic tubes and a bus-only lane painted in red, DDA planners Patrice Gillespie Smith and Fabian De La Espriella said. The posted speed limit will drop from 30 mph to 25 mph, and improved pedestrian crossings will get hard-to-miss zebra striping.
The county Transportation Planning Organization, meanwhile, is looking at North Miami Avenue and Northeast First Avenue as north-south routes with protected bike lanes, and at Fifth and Sixth streets for east and west routes.
That hoped-for downtown network could eventually connect downtown to Wynwood via protected bike lanes. The county water and sewer agency will install protected bike lanes as part of an already-launched project for new lines along North Miami Avenue in Wynwood, from Northwest 20th Street to Northwest 29th Street, said city bicycle coordinator Collin Worth.
Just south of that, the Omni Community Redeveloment Agency wants to install protected lanes in a parking-protected “cycletrack” — a two-way bikeway — along North Miami Avenue.
That connectivity, Sanchez-Resnik said, is essential. Without it, no one will use the bike lanes.
“We really need the county to do it in a way that’s going to succeed. That means bike lanes that have real protection, that are connected to destinations, that don’t start in the middle of nowhere and dump people into traffic,” he said, noting that the Beach seems to be doing it right. “They’re making great progress and really showing the way for other