Micromobility Network Is Now Under Construction In Downtown Miami

A Micromobility Network is now under construction in downtown Miami, according to Miami-Dade commissioner Eileen Higgins.

The 5-mile network will help prioritize pedestrian and bicyclist safety, the county says.

It consist of protected lanes meant for use by single-person vehicles, such as bicycles and scooters.

Total cost of the project is estimated at just over $2 million.

The county, city and DDA are splitting funding. Miami is using scooter surtax funds, while the county is using road impact fees.

The county says it wants to eventually expand the network further, once the first phase is completed.

 

(photo: Commissioner Eileen Higgins)

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

This is a great step forward, small but great. Next: please bring into action the Biscayne Green plan!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Absolutely!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

What we need is a subway with 1,000 stations across South Florida!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Please bring into action Metrorail extentions, undergrounding utility poles, and street trees. Who needs fake Biscayne Green trees. If we wanted fake trees, the old ones in front of Macy’s stores formerly Burdine’s look better?

Anonymous
28 days ago

Those fake trees were shamelessly copied from Singapore.

Anonymous
29 days ago

I was wondering why the scooter prices went up so much…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Awesome. We need this everywhere in the core of Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Awesome. We need this everywhere in Miami.

FTFY. The distances aren’t great in Miami (Dade County). Build safe bike lanes everywhere — let kids bike to school (instead of parents driving them every day). Help reduce congestion.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It will be more scooters than bicycles. Based on current traffic in Brickell and Downtown, it’s at least 2 or 3 to 1 in favor of battery-powered vehicles over bikes. They go roughly the same speed, so this will clearly work for both and keep them off the sidewalks where they are both a hazard.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Scooters and eBikes are fine by me. Whatever gets people out of cars will make the streetscape more pleasant.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Tell this to parents of brickell elementary which ruin the traffic waiting their kids. People hate to walking in this city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Soon the mobility lanes will have physical barriers to stop vehicles from parking and blocking them. Paramount loves to park their valet and delivery drivers in them constantly. Not for long!

Anonymous
1 month ago

is it illegal to block bike lanes?…i ask because its epidemic in front of Paramount and many times going across the venetian causeway….

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s not a parking spot, so yes, it’s illegal parking. Wish the police or MPA would sit in front of Paramount and write tickets out and tow cars all day. Think of the lost revenue.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The police are the first ones to park in the bike lanes. At least they do in the ones at Brickell City Center.

Anonymous
29 days ago

post a sign with the increased fine, $275… That will make people rethink blocking for their ‘me me me’ mentality. After a few are given out, word will spread.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Key the cars! they have no business parking in bike lanes

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’ve always wanted to see someone smash into one of those cars in front of Paramount.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well, technically they should smash into a nice Ferrari parked on the bike lane and then sue the 💩 out of them. The American way.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wouldn’t be mad about it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Allegedly the valet does it for them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is a smart long-term move.

The streetscape in Park West is turning out to be world-class. With the space to spread out, developers have implemented generous wide sidewalks, pedestrian promenades, and shade trees. With the micro-mobility network and its proximity to transit, I’m hoping this part of the city will avoid some of the mistakes made in Brickell and will continue to place equal importance on pedestrians and vehicles.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They need to focus on Biscayne Blvd also as more people move to the area. More traffic lights with focus on pedestrians (turning green often and for longer), one less lane for cars and one for bikes, more trees and less homeless.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m looking forward to the Biscayne Green plan and the Signature Bridge Park. Both will contribute massively to making downtown more walkable / safer / livelier.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We need better streetfront retail along Biscayne Boulevard and not 7-Eleven, two CVSs, and a Ross and Marshalls. Like, more sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and bistros. If MDC sold their parking lots to developers for world class building like Aston Martin Residences and 1000 Museum, and Freedom Tower to be converted into a boutique hotel, streetscape improvements and revitalization would go hand in hand. MDC is to Biscayne Boulevard as Mana is to Flagler Street.

Anonymous
29 days ago

This is true. Park West will fill in with more residential buildings and eventually those spaces will be able to support nicer restaurants / etc

Anonymous
29 days ago

“WE NEED”

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is true. I love Brickell but walkability is an issue

Anonymous
1 month ago

But they implemented crappy bike lanes. No protection, wide, fast car lanes next to them.
Big miss there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I know :-/ I’m hoping they are still in progress. If they are painted and protections are implemented they will be good.

Anonymous
1 month ago

no protection along the whole bike lane only at intersections they have a median tusk. thats about it from what ive seen at the 1st st and 2nd ave intersection.

Anonymous
1 month ago

From what I understand the network is still under construction. The plans in the above pdf show that they will be painted and protections will be implemented. I hope so.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Biscayne Blvd needs a bike lane, every time I bike on it I’m glad I have life insurance.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Do you mean your heirs are glad?

Anonymous
1 month ago

😂 true that

Anonymous
1 month ago

No living person has heirs 😉

Anonymous
1 month ago

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anonymous
1 month ago

A bike lane should be integrated into Bayfront / Museum Park

Anonymous
1 month ago

❤️🚴‍♀️🚴🚴‍♂️❤️

Anonymous
1 month ago

Stop the madness of massive parking downtown.
Let’s encourage people to take mass transit downtown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There! You just did it!

HEY PEOPLE! I ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAKE MASS TRANSIT! Come on…you can do it!

If you can conceive, and believe, you can ride shoulder to shoulder with stinky people.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Imagine not understanding that sitting in traffic like a peasant is what’s embarrassing for a “world-class” city; not an efficient public transportation system.

Anonymous
29 days ago

People value different things.
I value paying for what I consume.

To quote President Barrack Obama in his Autobiography, “I ain’t cho B****, N****, go buy yo own damn fries”

Government housing, government schools, and government transportation are not to my liking.
Although I pay tens of thousands of dollars for them, I dont like to use them.

Imagine being a parasite, that sucks the resources from a producer solely for the parasite’s comfort.

Further, imagine doubling down by suggesting that your producer host MUST give up even more blood so you can paint bike lanes, and a get a Metromover extension for free.

Anonymous
29 days ago

mf dying to be a lone wolf with no country or society. Maybe stop watching The Joker and go outside

Anonymous
1 month ago

My favorite kind of post on TNM!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Need to extend to the protected bike lanes to Brickell.

Then build a real network there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

SW 1st Street does not have a bike lane west of the river. It’s shared with cars. They need to clarify.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In the pdf it shows various methods of protecting bike lanes – but zero of those methods have been implemented. Does anyone know if they are still under construction? Or are they just not protecting them at all?

Anonymous
1 month ago

It literally says under construction on the article’s title.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah thanks I can read. Seeing as it’s an entire network / system spanning all of downtown rather than a singular building I think it’s pretty valid to ask whether any parts are 100% complete. The construction will obviously be done in phases, meaning different parts will be completed at different times.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Way past time! The number of bike lanes in this city is embarrassing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Really? Miami is literally home to the SHARROW. All of downtowns roads are bike lanes…just with cars too.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s… not a good thing

Anonymous
1 month ago

To who?

Perhaps I’m hanging around the wrong crowd…but I do not know a single person who is embarrassed by the number of bike of bike lanes in a city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

To anyone who has been to other “world-class” cities that we are so often compared to.

Anonymous
1 month ago

A 4′ bike lane with a 1′ to 1.’5 buffer (15th Street, per the linked project plans) isn’t much to brag about in 2021. It’s an improvement, but still almost as bad as nothing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Fantastic! Make it happen all over Downtown please.

Anonymous
29 days ago

I liked the idea, which modernizes the city and people’s minds. All initiatives and actions for people to leave their cars at home and travel by collective or alternative transport are very valid.

Anonymous
1 month ago

To the editor: micromobility is one word, not “micro-mobility.”

Don Francisco Jr. Jr.
1 month ago

melo should build a metromover stop along each bike lane

Anonymous
1 month ago

wtf?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Neato!

Anonymous
23 days ago

This is a useless waste of money and is just going to cause more traffic. When you’re done pretending to have made a dent in the climate have it removed. Thanks

Anonymous
1 month ago

The streets of downtown currently look extremely un inviting then mix that with the shxty old buildings and all the metal graffiti shutters that shut down every single store front on the 3 foot wide sidewalks it’s a great atmosphere 🤪

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s why this is great. Downtown streets will soon become very inviting (minus Flagler – unless Mana wakes up)

Anonymous
1 month ago

If bicyclist want to share the road they should share the cost of building and maintaining them !

Stop complaining and start paying into a fund to build dedicated and safe bike lanes

The roads today are paid for and maintained by vehicle registration fees , toll fees and a heavy tax fee on gasoline/diesel fuel

Nothing is free !

If you want to ride you should be pay your fair share

Anonymous
29 days ago

Can you read? This paid for by the scooter companies and fees they collected! For decades, car drivers have not paid the full cost to build/maintain the road network!

But keep trying to spread that false narrative.

Anonymous
29 days ago

The reason car fees pay for road maintenance is due to the damage cars make to the road over time. Do you honestly think bikes have the same effect on the roads? 😂

Anonymous
29 days ago

Dude, roads and highways are some of the highest subsidized infrastructure systems we have. Drivers do NOT pay their true fair share to maintain and build new roads. Gas taxes and tolls do not generate enough revenue to cover the cost of road construction. If anything, drivers should be paying significantly more for gas, parking, and tolls.

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

With this, that means very limited number of cars will be allowed on that street or there will be no cars allowed at all.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes that’s kind of the point. Less cars – more pedestrians. Welcome to the Next Miami.

My Pet Peeve
1 month ago

Fewer cars.
Countable nouns – “fewer”. Uncountable nouns – “less”.

Anonymous
29 days ago

lol are you for real? Welcome to 2021. Most people have a short-hand “internet speak” that is usually less formal than what they would use in corporate emails. Are you familiar with this concetp? What a nightmare you must be in person.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Shawn was probably looking for The Last Miami which highlights the best neighborhoods to raze to make room for Expressways.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Don’t understand this group of people that bike lanes make them think they cannot drive?

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s a bike lane, there’s still gonna be cars. This’ll reduce downtown traffic which is a good thing

Anonymous
1 month ago

They will take away parking and narrow streets making it more difficult for car drivers. What happens when it rains heavily and people opt for driving that day as opposed to bicycling. Will that not cause more congestion?
Frankly, the money is better spent on public transportation. Spending money on bicycle lanes in the tropics is ridiculous. This is not Copenhagen climate we are dealing with.
I was in London, and the cab driver on a Saturday afternoon was furious with the increase in bicycle lanes in London. He said, expecting people to ride a bicycle in a suit when it rains all the time is ridiculous.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami is literally the sunniest location in the entire country. It rains less frequently than any other city

No rain Nevada guy
1 month ago

Another one drinking???
Hello ?? This is the tropics.

No rain Nevada guy
1 month ago

Yea Wonderful. It’s a pleasure ridding a bike in 94 degree heat and humidity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Miami has consistently been named one of the best places to cycle in the country for many reasons and that’s without even a protected network. It could be world class if we wanted it to be

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, but if you want to practice your bike riding hobby, than the suburbs will suit you best. You can’t expect the city core to adapt to you and your suburban hobby.

And a hobby it is, an exercise form. Nobody outside of DUI offenders riding to their minimum wage jobs considers biking to work a serious transport form. Ask your doctor or attorney or accountant if he wants to bike to work.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I bike to work and I earn $80k. I have a Benz, and I’ll often choose my bike over my nice car. It’s faster, a source of exercise, and better for the environment.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Have you been to downtown lately? Plenty of people in suits are riding around on scooters on todays infrastructure. Add protected bike lanes and those who were interested but feared for their lives will suddenly realize this is a viable alternative to driving. It’s not the 1960’s anymore

No rain Nevada guy
1 month ago

Yea. I see people in suits riding their bicycles in the rain all the time.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You seriously need to get a passport, dude.

Anonymous
29 days ago

LOL. What are you smoking? You know that all of Miami once had a streetcar system all over downtown and to Miami Beach? The city core “adapted” to the invention of automobiles, ripped them all out, and replaced them with asphalt.

The city core is more than capable of “adapting” to modern forms of transportation like e-bikes and electric scooters, as it has done so over and over throughout history.

Unfortunately, the only thing that seems incapable of adapting or is you.

Anonymous
29 days ago

I make 6 figures and bike to work, gets cars off the road and beats sitting in traffic. You have to be stuck in the 1960’s

Anonymous
1 month ago

Let’s hope so!

All other means of transportation > cars

T G
1 month ago

The bigger picture is how lousy public transportation is in this city. Cars are still very much needed. Eliminating car space is just going to make traffic even worse.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It will give people an alternative to using a car for some trips.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If traffic is worse, maybe that will be the push for better public transportation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I think they are trying to encourage people who live downtown to stop using their cars to go somewhere else *within downtown*. Just walk, bike, scooter, or take the metro

Anonymous
1 month ago

And for people who work downtown, too. Ridiculous to get in your car to go to lunch or a meeting that is less than a mile away.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So downtown workers are gonna bike or scooter to business meetings. They can use their laptops and briefcases as crash helmets. Lmao, but hey for kids skateboarding to MDC classes or sandwich delivery people on bikes, this may be a solution.

Anonymous
1 month ago

CitiBikes have large baskets that can hold a bag or laptop. Scooters and personal bikers usually have backpacks. How do y’all think people get around in congested cities like SF, Chicago, NYC, Boston, etc.? Using bikes and scooters shouldn’t be looked down upon. They’re viable modes of transportation for adults with office jobs just as much as they are for college students and kids going to school.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“How do you think people get around in congested cities” ?
The question answers itself. Using cars.

Anonymous
29 days ago

Clearly, the concept is too abstract for you to understand via explanation so do yourself a favor and make a trip to Chicago, New York, Boston etc. You act as if biking, walking, and public transport is some sort of radical novel concept when it’s actually the norm. Have you ever been to another city? You do see how it’s quite possible for business people to attend meetings without vehicles?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sometimes umbrellas don’t work during the afternoon Aug windy heavy downpour stormy south Florida weather.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I can tell you right now living downtown that the only thing keeping me in my car for trips around downtown was the lack of adequate infrastructure. You won’t find me adding to the traffic problem much longer when these are finished!