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File Number: 140419
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File Number: 140419 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY BICYCLIST SAFETY MEASURES Introduced: 2/25/2014
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 3/4/2014 Agenda Item Number: 11A8
Notes: SEE LN#140576 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PREPARE A REPORT TO THE BOARD WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OUTLINING THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING SAFETY MEASURES FOR BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS ALONG THE RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY, BRICKELL AVENUE, SOUTH BAYSHORE DRIVE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE SAFETY AND EDUCATIONAL MEASURES DESCRIBED HEREIN [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 140225]
Indexes: BICYCLE
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/4/2014 11A8 Amended
REPORT: SEE LEGISLATIVE FILE NO. 140576

County Attorney 2/25/2014 Assigned Alex S. Bokor

Infrastructure & Capital Improvements Committee 2/11/2014 2B AMENDED Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Henry Gillman read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Zapata called for members of the public wishing to be heard on the foregoing proposed resolution, but no one appeared. Chairman Zapata acknowledged the presence of Commissioner Diaz and recognized him as the sponsor of the item. He expressed appreciation to the Vice Mayor of the Village of Key Biscayne and the City of Miami Manager for being present today (2/11). Commissioner Diaz indicated he was unable to attend a Sunshine Meeting with Commissioner Suarez regarding this resolution that was scheduled for the previous day (2/10) due the health crisis of a family member. He indicated he observed groups of people running along the Rickenbacker Causeway and the roads leading to the causeway, and met with cyclists who used the roads. Commissioner Diaz noted that these recreationalists, combined with walkers, totaled thousands of people. He said the roads were beyond dangerous and mentioned a case of a drunk driver killing someone. Commissioner Diaz indicated there was no road shoulder in some areas; only rock that steeply inclined downward. He indicated that the County Mayor came up with many solutions to the problem and implemented many of them, and the Village of Key Biscayne did its part; however, he wanted the County, City of Miami, and Village of Key Biscayne to find solutions together. Commissioner Diaz noted some solutions would be expensive, but life was priceless. He acknowledged Commissioner Suarez as the Commissioner of the District that the roads were in, and welcomed his input. Commissioner Suarez noted he had a friendly amendment that sought to include the Mayors of the City of Miami and the Village of Key Biscayne, and asked Commissioner Diaz to accept the amendment. Assistant County Attorney Alex Bokor read into the record the following friendly amendment proposed by Commissioner Suarez: 1. on handwritten page three, in the sixth WHEREAS clause, after “South Bayshore Drive,” add “and Crandon Boulevard”; 2. on handwritten page four, in the first WHEREAS clause, after “and the surrounding area,” add “including Crandon Boulevard”; 3. on handwritten page four, in the second WHEREAS clause, after “and the surrounding area,” add “including Crandon Boulevard”; 4. on handwritten page four, in the third WHEREAS clause, after “this Board desires that such report,” add “seek the input and participation of the Mayors of Miami and Key Biscayne and the Florida Department of Transportation District VI Secretary, or their designees and”; 5. on handwritten page four, in the third WHEREAS clause, after “including but not limited to enhancing enforcement of the,” change “45 mph” to “existing speed limit”; and 6. on handwritten page four, in the third WHEREAS clause, add a reference to Crandon Boulevard. Commissioner Suarez indicated that the proposed amendment included reference to Crandon Boulevard, in order to clarify that this boulevard was part of the Rickenbacker Causeway; and included the two cities involved and the State Department of Transportation. Commissioner Diaz noted he heard the way the amendment was stated, but he wanted to ensure what the County Administration was doing would not be slowed down and that things moved at a certain speed. He said he wanted to hear from the cities concerning this, for the record. Chairman Zapata, Commissioner Suarez, and Commissioner Diaz invited the Vice Mayor to speak. Commissioner Suarez noted the City of Miami Manager was kind enough to attend a meeting of community leaders and cyclists that took place this morning (2/11). Commissioner Suarez noted he would send Commissioner Diaz and the Committee members a report of what was discussed in the meeting. Ms. Mayra Peña Lindsay, Vice Mayor, Village of Key Biscayne, indicated that the Village wanted to participate in the study indicated in the proposed resolution. She opined that the Village could add to the process because its members traveled the streets that were of concern several times every day. She noted that it was not her intent to slow anything down. Chairman Zapata suggested toll revenue be used to pay for the safety measures noted in this resolution, instead of another part of the budget being burdened. Commissioner Diaz indicated many safety improvements could be made immediately. He indicated that markings and other measures would be expensive, but the parties involved were working together to find funding; and with the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT’s) help, he believed the project would get done. Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak noted the County had been working with the Village of Key Biscayne and the City of Miami on some of the issues. She said the County communicated regularly with all agencies involved, and the County’s Public Works and Waste Management Department communicated monthly with the bicycling community. She said the County dedicated a portion of toll revenue was for bicycling improvements, and a five year plan was associated with that. Ms. Hudak noted for the record that the County regularly worked with the City of Miami Police Department and regularly performed significant enforcement on the roadways of concern. She said engaging with other agencies would take some extra time, so hopefully the 60 day timeframe for completion of the report could be met. Commissioner Diaz noted what Vice Mayor Pena explained was what he had wanted clarification on. He indicated that the County needed to move on a lot of the work the Village had already done and then find funding. Hearing no further discussion, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as amended.

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PREPARE A REPORT TO THE BOARD WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OUTLINING THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING SAFETY MEASURES FOR BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS ALONG THE RICKENBACKER CAUSEWAY, BRICKELL AVENUE, SOUTH BAYSHORE DRIVE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE SAFETY AND EDUCATIONAL MEASURES DESCRIBED HEREIN

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WHEREAS, this Board is committed to enhancing the quality of life of residents and visitors to Miami-Dade County through the promotion of healthy activities such as bicycling, jogging, and walking; and
WHEREAS, the County’s bike paths and greenways provide opportunities for recreation as well as for increased and more efficient use of bicycles as a mode of transportation; and
WHEREAS, this Board is committed to the safety of those who use such bike paths and greenways; and
WHEREAS, the Rickenbacker Causeway is one of the most scenic and well-established routes in Miami-Dade County, attracting regular riders as well as visitors; and
WHEREAS, in addition to a history of tragic accidents on the Rickenbacker Causeway involving bicyclists as well as recent construction constricting traffic and placing vehicles in even closer proximity to the riding public and pedestrians, it is imperative that this Board and this County explore and implement all prudent safety and educational measures; and
WHEREAS, the area surrounding and leading to the Rickenbacker Causeway, including Brickell Avenue, South Bayshore Drive[[,]] >>and Crandon Boulevard<< provide access to the Rickenbacker Causeway and are in their own right some of the most popular bicycling and pedestrian areas; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to ensure that the safest possible environment is provided to bicyclists and pedestrians using the Rickenbacker Causeway, Brickell Avenue, South Bayshore Drive and the surrounding area >>including Crandon Boulevard<< while still ensuring orderly traffic flow and necessary construction; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires for the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee to prepare a report that examines all common-sense as well as innovative solutions in both the short and long term in order to address the situation facing riders and pedestrians along the Rickenbacker Causeway, Brickell Avenue, South Bayshore Drive and the surrounding area >>including Crandon Boulevard<<; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires that such report >>seek the input and participation of the Mayors of the City of Miami and the Village of Key Biscayne and the Florida Department of Transportation District VI Secretary or their respective designees and<< examine the feasibility of implementing safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians along the Rickenbacker Causeway >>and Crandon Boulevard<< including but not limited to: enhancing enforcement of the [[45 mph]] >>existing<< speed limit and establishment of regular DUI checkpoints; enhancing enforcement by increasing communication and coordination with other municipalities with jurisdiction over parts of the Rickenbacker Causeway >>and Crandon Boulevard<< including the City of Miami and Village of Key Biscayne; reduction of the speed limit where possible; closing the right lane of traffic in both directions on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6:00 am to 10:00am[[.]]; improving and enhancing signage; painting bicycle lanes green to include “peg-a-tracking” and chevron arrows; creating a 3 foot unprotected buffer between the roadway and the bicycle lane; installing and marking of enhanced crosswalks, with red flashing stop lights, that can be activated by pedestrians; placing physical separation as a feature in dangerous areas such as bridges and marked buffers along trajectory of the bike lane; and designing and promoting a motorist and bicyclist education and outreach campaign; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires that such report examine the feasibility of implementing safety measures on Brickell Avenue, South Bayshore Drive and the surrounding area including but not limited to: enhancing enforcement of the various speed limits and establishment of regular DUI checkpoints; reduction of the speed limit where possible; improving and enhancing signage; painting bicycle lanes green to include “peg-a-tracking” and chevron arrows; creating a 3 foot unprotected buffer between the roadway and the bicycle lane; installing and marking of enhanced crosswalks, with red flashing stop lights, that can be activated by pedestrians; placing marked buffers along trajectory of the bike lane; and designing and promoting a motorist and bicyclist education and outreach campaign,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the County Mayor or Mayor’s designee is directed prepare a report to the Board within sixty days outlining the feasibility of implementing safety measures for bicyclists and pedestrians along the Rickenbacker Causeway, Brickell Avenue, South Bayshore Drive and the surrounding area including but not limited to the safety and educational measures described herein.



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