Danish Urban Design Firm Says Miami Beach’s 41st Street Should Be Greener, More Pedestrian Friendly

Miami Beach’s 41st Street is built for cars, not for people, a new study by Denmark-based design firm Gehl says.

The analysis was presented to the Mayor’s 41st Street Committee, at a meeting on August 1.

Few people are actually hanging out or walking out on the street, a pedestrian count showed. City leaders want to change that.

One of the biggest issues is a lack of shade. Other problems include narrows sidewalks, poorly timed crosswalks, and almost no space to congregate.

Gehl is recommending that a pilot program to add parklets, shade, play areas and better lighting be added be up and running within 20 to 30 weeks.

Later permanent construction could be funded by issuing bonds.

The committee unanimously voted to adopt Gehl’s recommendations.

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

“Miami Beach’s 41st Street is built for cars, not for people, a new study by Denmark-based design firm Gehl says.” No shit, it’s one of Miami Beach’s major access points. God forbid, Baylink in the form of Metrorail or streetcar is introduced to make these road diets feasible!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Seriously, you can just add this to the pile of studies and master plans the City has paid for over the years that they never act on.

Waste of money.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I think most of these recommendations would be very well suited to ocean drive – close it permanently to cars.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Could start by narrowing the travel lanes and expanding the sidewalks, judging by the attached picture.

marc
3 years ago

You can almost fit two caddies in that one lane. Why have a sharrow and not an actual bike lane?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Which caddie, the CTS or the Escalade?

suomynona
3 years ago

Look at the pic, bro.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t have to look at the pics, I’m not the who said “caddie.” Now I ask again, which one?

You do know that Cadillac makes different size models, right?

suomynona
3 years ago

Why have sign/light poles in the middle of the sidewalk?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nice catch. Sadly, that’s pretty common in this area.

I caught the County installing a new sign right in the middle of the sidewalk a few weeks ago.

A few calls later and they were back, removing it, and placing it on the edge, where it should be.

It comes down to the people who make decisions do not walk.

Especially relevant for 41st Street and the mayor who created this panel.

marc
3 years ago

yep. You can barely get around on foot without running in to utility poles and bus stop/benches in the pedestrians right of way. It’s pretty ridiculous.

Anonymous
3 years ago

To knock some sense into those smartphone zombies.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This is a lesson that can be applied/generalized to most urban streets in the region

Anonymous
3 years ago

every street should be

Anonymous
3 years ago

Lol…what street in Miami Dade County does this NOT describe…Gehl is a genius but this study “finding” is not news to anyone.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Miami Beach’s 41st Street is built for cars, not for people, a new study by Denmark-based design firm Gehl says” – glad the city paid a bunch of welfare scientists millions to figure this out.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Seriously. I’m usually for plans like this but 41st has a highway that ends directly to it… where do they think the cars will go? disappear? what a complete waste.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami Beach has allocated $15 million of their GO bond for this project, FYI.

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3 years ago

They really needed a study to find this out?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Does it really tàke a Danish firm to figure out that Miami is built for cars?

Anonymous
3 years ago

41st street is a traffic disaster zone.

Anonymous
3 years ago

this is the 5th avenue of Miami beach, very metropolitan street…nice to add tress if they fit…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Every place has it’s areas that are so-called “dead zones,” that’s just the way it is. Even in NYC places like Manhattan has it’s areas that you can go to and it’s not nearly as busy with the action one would see in more tourist congested areas of the city. There is nothing wrong with that and don’t expect it to change no matter how many studies you do.

Anonymous
3 years ago

All of that to Justify the addition of Shade trees and wider sidewalks!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Great presentation

Anonymous
3 years ago

Finding construction opportunities is a very lucrative business in Miami-Dade.

aceraroja
3 years ago

Actually 41st Street is one of the more successful urban streets in Miami despite being geared toward shoveling cars in and out. Improvements are always welcome but man there are many more roads in Dade that desperately need a fancy design firm’s attention before this one.

Anonymous
3 years ago

At Miami Beach, eliminate one lane each from east and west bound SR112.

This will make 41st Street more pedestrian friendly and encourage expansion of mass transit.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Danish people are so quick to say how things should be in places that are not Denmark. Maybe they should go back there.

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3 years ago

USA!USA!USA!

Anonymous
3 years ago

This group did a very good job with Times Square in NYC. Times Square is kind of popular.