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For those of you in P-town, or who know people here who primarily use the bus to get around, here's an indicator of how bad things are here. Tri-Met NEVER shuts down; they haven't had this many cancelled routes in the 15 years I've lived here. From this list I would say that at least 75% of the bus routes are not slow but outright cancelled, meaning there are A LOT of people stranded at home or wherever they were last night when this hit.
Be safe, and if you live somewhere other than the PNW, thank your lucky stars you're not in our situation!For those of you in P-town, or who know people here who primarily use the bus to get... more
This Sunday, Bike Miami Days returns to Downtown Miami, back by popular demand.
Bike Miami Days is an initiative to promote bicycling and walking, livable streets and our urban community.
This Sunday, from 9:00am-3:00pm, I hope that you and your family will join me and mine to Explore our City in a New Way. East Flagler Street and portions of SE 1st Avenue and South Miami Ave will be closed to cars so that everyone can visit the parks, shops, cafes and restaurants of Downtown
Miami by bike, on foot or rollerblades or trikke or...
I encourage you to carpool or take public transportation if you cannot bike or walk to this event. Mary Brickell Village will be offering $3 all-day parking and the MetroMover and Bike Valet, as always, will be free.
I would also like to thank all of you who have shared with me your photos, videos, blogs and thoughts on Bike Miami Days. Many of them are on Facebook, the Bike Miami Days blog and the official site: Bike-Miami.com
I hope everyone who came to the first event will be able to join us again. This Sunday will feature a full service Bike Clinic, the Everglades Bicycle Club Annual Toy Drive, Live music, and the City Year program "Bringing Books Alive", which promotes reading for kids, at Bayfront Park, and much more.
For the full list of events and a map, please visit the blog.
See you Sunday!This Sunday, Bike Miami Days returns to Downtown Miami, back by popular demand. Bike... more
Bike Miami Day is the continued tradition started in South America where the city closes a few streets to motor traffic and opens it up for bikes, and pedestrians. The first Bike Miami offered free yoga in the park, bike valet, discounts to shops in the Downtown Miami area, dansing, safety lessons on bicycles, workshops, and much more!
Follow the link for more details!Bike Miami Day is the continued tradition started in South America where the city... more
Germany has became the first NATO nation to win Russian permission to use the country’s railways to transit military goods bound for Afghanistan.
NATO officials see the Russian-German transit deal as an encouraging sign.
It is the first major breakthrough in Russian-Western military relations since the Georgian conflict in August.
It is also the first time Russia has permitted a NATO ally to transit military supplies via an overland route.
But Russia has been careful to avoid giving the impression it is returning to business as usual with the Atlantic alliance, which indefinitely suspended cooperation in the NATO-Russia Council to protest Moscow’s actions in Georgia.
A statement posted on the website of the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry on November 20 says Russia wants to deepen cooperation with the alliance on Afghanistan. But the statement only refers to bilateral transit agreements concluded with individual allies such as Germany, and does not mention a NATO-Russia land-transit accord signed on the margins of the NATO summit in Bucharest in April.
NATO officials play down the distinction.Germany has became the first NATO nation to win Russian permission to use the... more
The Mayor of the City of Miami in his latest blog post tells us that the next date for Bike Miami, which is Miami's version of ciclovia, is on December 14th.
Here is his blog post.
I continue to be impressed by the positive feedback I have received from Bike Miami. Thank you to everyone who has contacted my office, written emails and contacted me through Facebook. It was an inspiring day and, as I wrote earlier this week, I am dedicated to make Bike Miami a monthly event.
Please join me for the next Bike Miami: Sunday, December 14th!
My office is working hard to ensure that this Bike Miami is as fun and successful as the inaugural event. If you would like to volunteer, or if your business would like to participate in some way, please contact my office by email or phone at 305.250.5300.
Together, we are making Miami a world-class, bicycle-friendly city.
Follow the link to his blog post for all the relevant links to the facebook group, and the Bike Miami blog itself.The Mayor of the City of Miami in his latest blog post tells us that the next date for... more
Please join me this Sunday for Bike Miami, a free and family-friendly opportunity to explore the city in a new way.
East Flagler Street and portions of SE 1st Avenue and South Miami Avenue will be closed to cars so that you can visit the local parks, shops, cafes and restaurants by bicycle, by foot, by rollerskates or any other non-motorized transport.
Help us spread the news about Bike Miami.
You can download flyers directly from here, in English & Spanish.
What to do at Bike Miami
Make plans with your family and friends to enjoy this Sunday at Bike Miami.
It's free - there is no registration or starting point. It's easy to get to and practically free to park! Local businesses are open and offering special discounts and family-friendly activities all day, from dance and yoga classes, to face painting and live entertainment.
This is the first-time the City of Miami has hosted something like this. Bike Miami is all about our Miami community - please show your support by coming out for the 11am rally & enjoying a beautiful day in Downtown Miami.
Come early and stay all day! I will be sending an email with a final list of all participating businesses & special events this Thursday. If you would like to join my email list, please sign up on my website.Please join me this Sunday for Bike Miami, a free and family-friendly opportunity to... more
Transit Miami is throwing a Bike Miami after party on Sunday, November 9th.
Please help us celebrate livable cities, alternative transportation, activism and this momentous event.
Where: Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita at Mary Brickell Village.
When: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Who: Transit Miami, You and your non-motorized from of transport/recreation.
If the cool people weren’t enough to entice you, we’ve arranged a $3 beer special and free valet bike parking nearby. After all, what’s better than bikes? Beer and bikes!
We hope to see you there.Transit Miami is throwing a Bike Miami after party on Sunday, November 9th. Please... more
A woman who held her dying cousin's hand after she was shot on a South Side CTA bus says a gunman fired into the bus after getting into a minor argument with another passenger.
Kiyanna Salter, 17, was on her way home with her 18-year-old cousin after visiting an aunt when she was gunned down at about 10 p.m. Sunday on the No. 71 bus at 7100 S. Woodlawn, relatives said.
A passenger touched the hand of another and the two began arguing, according to Salter's cousin, Jasmine Wilcox. One of the men left and fired through an open door, striking Salter in the eye. Wilcox said she held her cousin's hand and kept hoping she would wake up.
Police say Salter was not the intended target. Officers were reviewing the bus' surveillance camera and canvassing the area for witnesses.
Salter was a senior at Julian High School and had wanted to be a doctor. She loved dancing and liked to play basketball, according to relatives.
A woman who identified herself as Kiyanna's aunt said the 17-year-old stayed with her so she could attend Julian, and she rode the bus regularly.
“She was a bright, beautiful girl … they are killing our kids. You've got to experience this to know how it feels,” the aunt said.A woman who held her dying cousin's hand after she was shot on a South Side CTA... more
It's a new concept New York's transit officials are developing in an effort to boost revenue for the cash-strapped subway system. The MTA's CEO, Elliot Sander, says officials are considering having corporations and causes ``adopt'' or sponsor individual subway stations - for a price.It's a new concept New York's transit officials are developing in an effort... more
What do New York City, San Francisco, Portland and Miami have in common? Ah…not much you would say. The first three are revered as some of our country’s most progressive, sustainable and livable cities. But Miami? Well, the times they are ‘a changin’.
Last December I wrote an op-ed to the Miami Herald urging city officials to make a Miami more bicycle-friendly. I wrote because the pure lack of attention being paid to bicyclists represented a larger issue. Miami was choosing not to compete as a 21st century city. Although bicycle-friendliness does not encompass all things livable in a city, those cities who have pursued such a noble goal are those that are also progressive in many other ways. As a result, they are capable of outperforming others in the pursuit of new talent, investment and sustainability — a buzzword if I have ever heard one.
One of the items that I mentioned in said op-ed was Bogota’s Ciclovia, an event that closes 70km of city streets and hands them over to what makes a city work, it’s people. The shear success of Ciclovia — with thousands of bicyclists, pedestrians, joggers etc. participating every Sunday — has had a catalytic effect on how North American cities are starting to view their streets. In many respects, Bogota has become what Jane Jacobs calls a ‘pattern city.’ That is, a city that inspires other cities to emulate its success.
Well, mark your calendar Miamians, because the City of Miami is closing several downtown streets for what is now being dubbed BIKEMIAMI. Sources close to Transit Miami confirm this landmark event will take place on Sunday, November 9th. The exact times have not been scheduled, but know that it will likely run from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Bicyclists, skaters, pedestrians, joggers, roller bladers, yoga fanatics and everyone else and there mother will be invited to come downtown and enjoy their city — without cars.
All the details are still being worked out, but TM will be there every step of the way to report on updates and concurrent events as they become available.
A big thank you has to be bestowed upon the Bicycle Action Committee and those within the Mayor’s office who have made this little seed I planted grow into a reality. Also, please know the cooperation across City departments and with groups like the Miami DDA and the folks who run the ING Miami Marathon has been instrumental.
More to come…
In the meantime, check out StreetFilms‘ work documenting Ciclovia type events in the aforementioned cities. I think you will like what you see.
Spread the word.
Maybe we’ll put some magic back in this city yet.What do New York City, San Francisco, Portland and Miami have in common? Ah…not... more
When Toyama City in western Japan was considering different alternatives for its development, it hit upon a good source of ideas: its citizens. Holding meetings and discussions with the people in the pop. 400,000 town helped City Hall decide that a Light Rail Transit (LRT) would be ideal for getting people around. The alternatives? To build massive parking centers and generally lose sight of the city center. What people felt was that as they get older, using cars would be less convenient, anyway.
"It was one of the most difficult tasks for the elderly who have not driven cars to go out into the town," said Yoshimitsu Kametani, the 78-year-old chairman of a citizens' group promoting the new trolleys: now passengers have more than doubled to 5,000 per weekday and jumped nearly five times higher to 5,600 on weekends and holidays.
Toyama City uses TLR0600 type trains from Niigata Transit jointly developed with Siemens. It runs on an old track from 1923 on the main street of this port city, and quickly celebrated 1 million users in 2006. In Japan, Toyama is seen as a front-runner using new trains on fully renovated infrastructure. But the key concept has been to promote the LRT project as part of a "Compact City" drive.
More comments and train-spotting photos below the fold.When Toyama City in western Japan was considering different alternatives for its... more
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is on track to provide an additional 200 canine explosive detection teams a year to airports and mass transit systems by 2010, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report sent to Congress.
The expansion in the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program (NEDCTP) was required by the 9-11 Commission Act.
According to the GAO, TSA has trained or is currently training 104 canine explosives detection teams for 2008. TSA's goal is to train 204, of which 170 will be used to screen cargo.
The report, however, says that the TSA will have to hire additional instructors for the NEDCTP if TSA is to meet its goal of training another 200 canine explosive detection teams in 2009. Training a dog to detect explosives, according to the report, takes 7 months.
Currently, there are 430 canine explosive detection teams in the field, most of which have been deployed to the nation's airports. If TSA meets its goal there should be 720 teams patrolling airports and mass transit systems by the end of fiscal year 2009, the report said.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is on track to provide an additional... more
Are you frustrated with your bicycle commute? Is there a location sorely in need of bicycling parking? Are you discouraged by even the idea of bicycling in Miami? Do you want to know what the City and County are doing to become more bicycle-friendly?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, by all means come out on June 3rd or June 7 and raise your voice!
Two public workshops are being organized for early June to help update Miami-Dade County’s 2001 bicycle and pedestrian plans. You’ll find maps and experts on hand to inform you about the paths and other facilities already in place or in various stages of design. The planners want public input, so mark one of these dates and make your own arrangements to be there:
* June 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Miami City Hall in Coconut Grove.
* June 7, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St.
Thanks to Spokes n’ Folks for the tip. Are you frustrated with your bicycle commute? Is there a location sorely in need... more
In the last decade, the amount of time that Americans spend stuck in rush hour traffic has more than doubled, and it’s only getting worse. If we had other options, like more and better public transportation, we could save that time – along with a whole lot of air pollution and CO2 emissions, dollars at the pump, and frustration.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) is committed to improving public transportation by helping to make it work faster and cleaner for all of us. That’s where you come in. We need a new vision for public transportation in America, so we're calling on you to film it.
We want you to create your most persuasive video about why we need more and better public transportation. What should a 21st century transit system look like or not look like? Perhaps your vision focuses on biking, walking, and ultra-convenient mass transit, or perhaps it presents the endless auto gridlock and rising gas prices of today. The only limit is your imagination!
We'll use the winning videos to help decision-makers imagine with us a better future and see the dangers of keeping the status quo. Your video will be a critical part of an effort to educate local and state representatives, and to call on Washington, D.C. to change the way it funds our transportation system.
The winner will receive a $500 prize and will be featured on our website. Runners-up will win $250, $150, and honorable mentions will receive a one-year membership to U.S. PIRG.
You can see our sample video and learn more about the issues and the contest here: http://www.uspirg.org/transit-video-contest
We look forward to seeing your entry.
Break a leg (but of course, film safely)!In the last decade, the amount of time that Americans spend stuck in rush hour traffic... more
In case you haven’t heard, Tri-Rail is in big trouble.
Larry Lebowitz wrote a piece a couple days ago (sorry for the tardiness in reporting) outlining the impending doom for the Tri-County commuter rail line:
Tri-Rail may be facing no weekend service and a 60 percent cut in weekday trains in the fall after the state Legislature failed Friday to pass a major commuter rail bill that jeopardizes funding for the South Florida train.
Tri-Rail has been battling for years to get the Legislature to approve a dedicated funding source so it doesn’t have to seek money annually from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.
Without dedicated funding, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA), which operates Tri-Rail, is preparing for massive service cuts starting in October.
Tri-Rail executive director Joseph Giulietti said the agency would have to kill its entire Saturday, Sunday, and holiday service — about 15 trains a day — and reduce weekday commuter service from 50 trains down to 20.
SFRTA had been hoping two years ago that the Legislature would pass a measure that would allow Tri-Rail counties to hold a referendum on initiating a $2 a day fee on most rental cars that would provide a dedicated funding source to Tri-Rail. The result? Transit-hater Jeb Bush vetoed the bill. This year, two more bills pushing the $2 rental car fee passed the House, but died in the Senate without a vote a few days ago.
So this is how it will likely go down now: Palm Beach County will cut its share of funding down to the legal limit of $4.23 million. Of course, Miami-Dade and Broward will follow suit, resulting in an $18 million dollar loss for Tri-Rail.
This is almost unfathomable considering the following:
* Tri-Rail is one of the fastest growing transit systems in America
* A $440 million doubling-tracking project was completed less than two years ago
* Ridership is up 28% from this time last year, largely stemming from service increase
* Tri-Rail provides the only regional north-south transit service between Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties
Can it get much worse for transit in South Florida? We finally have a successful transit system that serves a critical role in the regional transportation network, it’s seeing rapid growth every year, and that’s not even good enough? Shameful, embarrassing, moronic — these words that immediately come to mind don’t even do justice here.
http://www.mcall.com/topic/sfl-0430trirail,0,6237169.storyIn case you haven’t heard, Tri-Rail is in big trouble. Larry Lebowitz wrote a... more
Emirate Abu Dhabi is moving ahead with a large-scale project to build Masdar City -- a "green city" near the Abu Dhabi airport. Masdar City, expected to cost $20 billion and ten years to complete, will be a unique urban project that will be car-free, solar-powered, and feature advanced recycling facilities. Residents and visitors will get around on a light-rail system powered by solar energy in an eco-friendly city constructed with a contemporary design aesthetic. Read more in Craig and Marc Kielburger's contribution on this story in the Toronto Star.Emirate Abu Dhabi is moving ahead with a large-scale project to build Masdar City -- a... more
Steve Meyer wants to sell pedicabs to the world — but is the world willing to go along for the ride?
The sales pitches are assorted and relentless, shouted to an endless flood of pedestrians bedecked in Colorado Rockies attire streaming down the 16th Street Mall.
"How about a ride to the game, folks?"
"Lighten your load a little bit!"
"Give your kids a thrill!"
One man in a Red Sox shirt is warned point-blank: "You need a ride out of here. You're gonna be mobbed."
They come from drivers manning a line of pedicabs parked at 16th and Blake streets. Today is the Rockies' home opener, and there are dozens of the vehicles out and about, shuttling fans to Coors Field and pedaling empty cabs back to lineups at key pickup spots around downtown. The three-wheeled contraptions consist of a bike hitched to a cart with comfy seats in back; some have canopies, some don't. They're mostly spotted at night around the 16th Street Mall, but they also turn out in force for every Rockies home game, Denver Broncos game, New Year's Eve, Saint Patrick's Day, and any other event or celebration when the sheer amount of people, inclement weather and considerable quantities of alcohol create a perfect market.
Steve Meyer wants to sell pedicabs to the world — but is the world willing to go... more
Transit police defend taser policy against fare evaders on SkyTrain in Vancouver, British Columbia. The controversial tasering policy is upheld -- even against non-violent fare evaders.Transit police defend taser policy against fare evaders on SkyTrain in Vancouver,... more