Dade County Gets Its First ‘Scramble Crosswalk’ In Downtown Miami

Downtown Miami recently got a diagonal crosswalk installed at the intersection of NE 1st Ave. & NE 2nd St.

Miami-Dade’s Transportation & Public Works announced the newly reconfigured crosswalk in a social media post, claiming it was the first such crosswalk in the county.

A diagonal crosswalk is also sometimes referred to as a scramble crosswalk, and allows pedestrians to cross an intersection in any direction.

Twitter users immediately mocked the county agency in response to the post.

One user pointed out that it wasn’t the first such intersection in Miami, and uploaded a picture of what appeared to be a scramble crosswalk on Flagler Street in the 1960s.

Others predicted that the new intersection wouldn’t end well.

The most famous scramble intersection in the world is perhaps in Tokyo, where the Shibuya Crossing is often referred to as the busiest pedestrian intersection in the world.

 

(photo: Miami-Dade Transportation & Public Works)

Shibuya:

(photo: sei f, wikimedia commons)

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Anonymous
7 months ago

Mana are you still picking out the bricks for the Flagler Street redesign??? The area has so much potential, just look at the photos in the past when it was alive and thriving. It’s a shame that your strategy appears to be land banking rather than capitalizing and cashing in on redeveloping the downtown core.

Azarius
7 months ago

The only thing he had building in the community center

Anonymous
7 months ago

Poor planning for decades with zero vision has Miami so dependent on cars (thanks mainly to Braman and his fellow car loving dealers/lobbyists) that anything resembling pedestrian friendly “innovation” is laughed at by the public. Lets keep plowing tax dollars to double deck all the major roads and keep everyone dependent on their cars. Rinse, wash, and repeat.
People are so damaged, I have numerous friends who think “they must be doing so well” when they see someone post their new shiny German sedan meanwhile foregoing retirement savings and paying interest on depreciating assets simply to impress others. Thats my rant for this Monday, just do yourself a favor and avoid being a complete moron in blowing all of your cash on a new car or thinking someone “made it” because they bought a new car.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Um yeah, sure. Hey everyone.. forgo your cars and get out there and walk the streets in Miami during torrential rain downpours and gawd awful humidity and heat.

You’ll really make that anonymous person happy.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Many other cities have FAR worse weather than Miami and are much more pedestrian oriented? All cities have days with less than ideal weather.

We have downpours, and we have umbrellas. We have heat, plant more shade trees along sidewalks. Need to walk more than a couple blocks, hop on an electric bike or scooter – make some more protected bike lanes.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Or stop looking at Miami like it should be like other cities that have “less than ideal weather” and knock people who wanna buy cars from what you call “car loving dealers/lobbyists.”

Do you like telling people what to do with their money or what kind of businesses the city should allow?

Anonymous
7 months ago

No ones telling anyone what to do with their money. The government on the other hand needs to stop burning money by subsidizing drivers at the very least and preferably invest in different ways to get around other than driving.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Gee, you must be miffed at Florida’s ex-governor Rick Scott then?

Anonymous
7 months ago

You are disillusional my friend.
Yes, Miami isnt even friendly to walk from Edgewater to Wynwood. How can it be friendly to walk from outer suburbia where people live to their jobs?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Delusional* not disillusional.

Jesus…you Miamians really need to learn proper English.

Anonymous
7 months ago

They also need to be naturalized.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The point is that the city was designed so that people will rely on their cars and cars are essentially depreciating debt traps and the opportunity cost is the borrower will forgoe saving for themselves (like trying to max out their retirement plans including 401k, IRA, and even HSA for high deductible health plans). Not saying dont own a car, I have one myself, its just glorifying the purchase, or worse yet a lease, of a new BMW for example in the case of my friend and acting like you’re so successful on social media is ridiculous. The dealers have lobbied for more and more roads and against public transit for decades for their own benefit and it makes me sick so Im saying if you think 5k down and 500 a month is a deal and your saving at least 10-15% have at it, but if youre not paying yourself first and buying a car not to simply get from point a to point be safely and confortably then keep feeding the dealers and stay broke.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Some people in the world have money to pay cash for $100K cars AND still save lots of money. They’re not all poseurs as you like to smugly convince yourself.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Forget it… he’s pissed when one his friends buys a big screen TV.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Youre missing the point entirely

Anonymous
7 months ago

You mean very few…

Anonymous
7 months ago

“cars are essentially depreciating debt traps”

So that’s why there’s so many homeless people on the streets in the USA…..

Anonymous
7 months ago

Not the point

Anonymous
7 months ago

You don’t have a point–just a rant

Anonymous
7 months ago

The point is Baraman has faught against public transportation to sell more cars not less of course, and Miami politicians are inept at city planning, so we have been conditioned to rely on cars and plenty people I know think buying a luxury car is a good investment.

Anonymous
7 months ago

“Baraman?”

Anyway.. the trying to – impress people – statement you said has nothing to do with anything but the conditioning to rely on cars does?

Anonymous
7 months ago

LOL Braman is conspiring with the government to suppress transit? Never mind Miami is no different than most the country in poor transit, regardless of who you want to blame it on while offering no viable solution other than “durr hurr… expand muh free Metromover to Wynwood and South Beach.”

Anonymous
7 months ago

He got fired by Braman BMW for screwing up car washes.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Ha! Thats clever…

Anonymous
7 months ago

These are needed everywhere there is a high amount of pedestrian activity

Anonymous
7 months ago

Some of the lights on Flagler already act like a scramble, yet the marking and signage don’t indicate it. Those should get updated markings.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I cross this intersection daily and the countdown is entirely too long. Most pedestrians cross the street when there is a break in the cars since there is so little traffic in downtown due to developers leaving half of downtown to die.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Why are you blaming developers? Downtown Miami is dead because of poor planning. The county itself has decentralized everything; companies leaving for wider pastures and views of the Palmetto and the Everglades. Moreover, people in this county prefer to drive and park, something not appropriate for a city center. I tell you, this criss cross pedestrian crosswalk, or whatever you want to call it is ridiculous in a place with no traffic and even less pedestrians.

Anonymous
7 months ago

As much as he wants people to think he is, Mana isn’t a developer.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Miami is the #1 hit and run location in the USA

Anonymous
7 months ago

Good riddance!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Pictured is young woman wearing a mask crossing the street.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I see the chick, but where are the cars?

Anonymous
7 months ago

I love scrambled eggs.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Looks just like Ginza. Miami winning!

Anonymous
7 months ago

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Anonymous
7 months ago

We aren’t NYC, this was so stupid. Hardly any pedestrian foot traffic here.

Anonymous
7 months ago

This is such a lame argument “We aren’t in New York so we shouldn’t be doing anything to make the pedestrians life any easier”

Anonymous
7 months ago

Maybe that comment is not as stupid as it appears.. I mean, that picture of the one female in the crossing kinda proves his point.

Azarius
7 months ago

We not there yet but thousands of new apartments and condos are going up in record numbers so planning ahead is great for Miami who is always playing catch up to the issues of a growing city

Anonymous
7 months ago

If these new apartment and condos indicate that more of these kinda crosswalks are warranted, then yes, I can see making more of the streets like this, until then, this is just an experiment.

Anonymous
7 months ago

They all will have cars to drive to work in Doral Azarius.

Azarius
7 months ago

I would prefer they did a elevated version of this. Miami drivers aren’t pedestrian friendly! We like to go and fast!

Anonymous
7 months ago

On these streets it’s a bit difficult to go fast and furious. US1 and it’s crossings are another story.

Azarius
7 months ago

Tell that to the guy who got hit on 1st & 1st yesterday

Anonymous
7 months ago

… and you have some people on this site always wanting more Bicycle Lanes.