Public Meeting This Week On Biscayne Green Plan To Remove Downtown Miami Traffic Lanes For Green Space

A meeting is scheduled this week to plan for the elimination of traffic lanes in downtown Miami.

Biscayne Green is proposed to replace the traffic lanes with pedestrian friendly green space.

One or more lanes will be removed in favor of space that is more friendly towards pedestrians, bicycles, and transit, a flyer states.

Renderings show that ugly surface parking lots in the median of the street could also be removed.

FDOT and the DDA will conduct the meeting on October 29. A traffic consultant is now studying the proposal.

 

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Anonymous
1 year ago

Get rid of the surface parking lots and keep the lanes. Improve/expand Metro-mover, Metro-rail and trirail.

Laz
1 year ago

Finally someone that makes since not some urbanist living in kendall saying get rid of lanes

Anonymous
1 year ago

You make no sense.

Anonymous
1 year ago

And he makes no “since”.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly, those lanes are needed for the increased traffic the AAA and ultra brings.

Anonymous
1 year ago

so pretty much screw the people the who live there to cater to events that happen once a year and at night when there is no rush hour traffic.

Anonymous
1 year ago

and the people working at hotels and restaurants are powered by who??

Anonymous
1 year ago

Pretty sure there are events on a weekly basis. As someone that lives in downtown, I would prefer better traffic flow, even if it means a three lane US-1.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Have you read about the benefits of reducing lanes? Why do you assume more lanes equals better traffic flow? How is that working out for the 826, Kendall Dr and countless other roads that have been expanded?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Those surface lots are cash cows !! You think they’ll eliminate them ??!! LMAO

Anonymous
1 year ago

This would be a game changer for downtown.

Anonymous
1 year ago

“Solutuon” looking for a problem.
This is as terrible an idea as the failed S 1st Street bike lane that is never used but creates traffic extra congestion.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Lol I bike it every day and did so before the bike lane. There isn’t extra congestion.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This must be a joke, because that bike lane was so poorly designed, people park on it and obstruct all the time. please…

Anonymous
1 year ago

95% of it is always clear. Ubers in front of the Langford and deliveries in front of Centro park in it constantly. It’s not great but it’s far and away the best way to go from west to east in Downtown.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree 100%. Nobody is ever using the bike lane and there is way more vehicular congestion as a result of this.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please, people know how atrocious drivers in Miami are, you think they wanna risk their lives on these streets riding a bicycle?

Anonymous
1 year ago

said no one ever. You must not attend anything at American Airlines

Anonymous
1 year ago

I take the metro mover to the AAA.

Anonymous
1 year ago

yes, because everyone who goes to AAA lives in downtown… lmao

Anonymous
1 year ago

No, but there are several parking garages in the surrounding area. Leave Hialeah 10 minutes earlier park in one of them then walk, scoter or take the metro mover to the AAA.

Anonymous
1 year ago

sorry, why improve quality of life for residents when people like you have to get on 95 faster after a heat game.

Anonymous
1 year ago

thanks for sharing

Anonymous
1 year ago

A lot of AAA congestion leaving events is caused by the police shutting down Biscayne both directions.

Anonymous
1 year ago

spoken like someone that actually lives in downtown and understands the actual traffic flow of downtown.

Anonymous
1 year ago

the reason because everyone is trying to get in & out of the parking garage. haha

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes, our main boulevard should act like an uber parking lot before and after Concerts and Heat games! I forgot! Thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Y’all got 2 brand new garages at MiamiCentral Station and Miami WorldCenter. Park at either and take the Metromover or walk. Walking 10-15 mins won’t kill you. There’s only like 200 spots in the medians, y’all are crazy if you think forgoing those spots is going to really impact AAA event attendance. Those 2 brand new garages didn’t replace old garages either, so you have a net of a couple THOUSAND spots. Stop complaining about lack of parking.

Polo
1 year ago

Yeah, a game changer for increase traffic congestion. This area already has very heavy traffic, specially when there are special events. Removing traffic lanes is a DUMB IDEA!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Let me get this straight…

They are always trying to get more people to visit the Maurice Ferre park, Bicentennial park, and Biscayne park. But they want to take some lanes of driving away from Biscayne Blvd to add more green space near these already underutilized parks because they feel it’ll be more “friendly towards pedestrians, bicycles, and transit?

With numbskulls like this in control of the city no wonder we can’t some kind of simple mass transit system to Miami Beach.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Reality is the lanes are closed and rerouted during special events anyways

transplant
1 year ago

I think this project is important to use the T word — “transformative”.

This would help give Miami the big park in the city center that it’s missing. Years from now when downtown Miami is filled in, this will be a tremendous asset for downtown residents.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Agreed, you’re thinking in the future.

Laz
1 year ago

you cant be serious , no one in Miami cares about parks go to any park and its mostly empty

Anonymous
1 year ago

yea you are an idiot, go to margaret pace park any day of the week after work and its packed with people. You have no idea what you are talking about!

Anonymous
1 year ago

There is a giant park that goes unused directly across the street!

Anonymous
1 year ago

You clearly don’t frequent downtown. Bayfront was full on Monday afternoon and is full on weekends as well.

Anonymous
1 year ago

so true. miami is not a park city – it is too damn hot and never any shade trees. always date palms not even tropical from west africa desert. nuts

Anonymous
1 year ago

You’re missing the point. Part of the reason it’s always empty is because it’s uninviting to get to it. It’s an unpleasant experience to walk over and feels very separated from the neighborhood by huge expanses of travel lanes. Anyone that says people in Miami never go to parks needs to go to Margaret Pace Park literally any time of day and there’s plenty of people. Is that neighborhood different (i.e., quieter and residential)? Yes. But the point is that planting grass in an area and planting just a few trees and calling it a day does not an effective park make.

This is much needed, bring it on!

Anonymous
1 year ago

This really is true. I was walking across Biscayne last night and it felt uncomfortable going across with three lanes of traffic stopping for you in each direction. Everybody is in their cars looking at you as they are stopped for you to walk. Its awkward feeling like you are walking across a highway. Its not as bad in Brickell where there are only two lanes in each direction.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why have a park in the middle of a Boulevard, especially when there are two major parks just over the sidewalk? Not very many people in Miami would venture into the Boulevard median for a relaxing day at the park. A well designed plaza with great amenities and public art installations extending from Flagler to 3Rd street would be much more appealing to people wanting to gather and socialize especially with the planned new development in the area. It would be the perfect culmination to the rest of the upgraded Boulevard Just saying.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree a large plaza to connect downtown to the parks would be a better idea

Anonymous
1 year ago

you mean under water?

Anonymous
1 year ago

We all want green space..but u can not deny that the avenue is currently highly utilized as a transit and parking port.

I’m all for remodeling the road to make it greener and more pedestrian friendly but transit and parking needs to be addressed.

You can’t just say we are taking away your roads and parking and making you walk. All that will do is create traffic and reduce visitors to bayside and the seroundong areas.

Anonymous
1 year ago

the sad part is the opposite is true, when you remove lanes and remove parking and make the area more pedestrian friendly more people actually visit the retail surrounding the area.

Anonymous
1 year ago

let’s go to Hooters and discuss

Anonymous
1 year ago

I know at one time there was underground parking included in the plans for this which would be a good compromise for both parties

Anonymous
1 year ago

look at any successful street and you will not find 6 lanes of traffic. Just look at Lincoln Road, downtown Grove and Giralda in the Gables. Simply the opposite of what you are saying.

Anonymous
1 year ago

yes they are really dialing it up.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Invest that money extending the metromover to Wynwood

Laz
1 year ago

100%

Anonymous
1 year ago

Start by removing the parking first, yes it’s been temporarily done but do it longer then trade for the bigger investment….also just bury it

Anonymous
1 year ago

GREAT! The geniuses in charge NEVER talk about the BIGGEST PROBLEM downtown has besides traffic the HOMELESS …. everyday there are more and more homeless people…am in downtown I see it everywhere everyday…..I see new faces daily…… Dont ignore the elephant in the room…..do something about it, create public homeless bathrooms with roundtheclock SECURITY….so they can use them and not use sidewalks as toilets especially around old macys…..create homeless facilities….to aliviate this GROWING PROBLEM….when I walk around downtown sometimes it feels like the midevil times ….its ridiculous imagine in 10 years how it’s going to be ….downtown miami is growing up alright with highrises but streets are same small tight streets….ridiculous….traffic is horrible going in and out of brickell is a mess……..downtown is a mess!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Agree 100% but create those shelter elsewhere, not in the downtown area. Also, I notice in other cities than when you increase people’s presence in a park, the homeless get scared away and actually decrease.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, and your writing is a “mess.”

Anonymous
1 year ago

Brilliant move—build “homeless facilities” downtown to attract yet even more homeless, and get to tax money to boot!

Anonymous
1 year ago

?????????

Anonymous
1 year ago

The parties in favor of this (use metromover!) clearly do not frequent this area regularly or they would know what a cluster it is for the working world in and out of the area during the week. Believe it or not, (1) not everyone has the time to rely on public transit (at least, in its current state) on a daily basis running from meeting to meeting, (2) you have your massive green space across the street, (3) and rush hour traffic is already horrendous in the area.

I understand the congestion studies regarding removing lanes, but I would be very surprised to see that conclusion apply to this particular area. It’s one thing if you want to reduce an already multi-lane interstate or highway, but this area cannot afford to reduce what minimal traffic lanes are already there, especially with plenty of massive green space to the immediate east of the area. More green space is not really a valid reason here.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The way you describe it you’re “running from meeting to meeting” in this area and taking your car. So you go from parking garage to parking garage for your “meetings” in rush hour traffic…. why not take a scoter or walk, even Lyft/Uber would be faster and cheaper.

Anonymous
1 year ago

You are looking at it wrong. The congestion is not Biscayne, and truthfully the congestion is caused by a lack of simple traffic enforcement. 90% of all streets in downtown already operate with one less lane (and two in a lot of cases). People stop wherever they want in downtown and think it is ok simply because they have their hazards on. This creates a need for unnecessary
merges. The merges and illegal stops cause the majority of congestion.

Get rid of both and traffic will flow. Even if you take away a lane and make it a true bike/scooter lane.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I frequent the area everyday. I actually walk it my self and ride my bike. There is no shade there is no bike lane.the retail along Biscayne is dead and has low foot traffic. It is Only for cars. The people who live on and around the boulevard should be prioritized. Not people who commute to downtown who want to drive as fast as they can and park as close as possible to their jobs just so they can leave and drive home as fast as possible. Meanwhile the people who actually live here have to cross the boulevard where those people are trying to drive as fast as they can through the middle of a downtown ( which doesn’t make sense, I didn’t move downtown so I could drive everywhere). I-95 already flows directly into downtown only two blocks away from Biscayne. Why do we need another 8 lane high way plus parking lots in the middle of what is trying to become a vibrant live work play destination.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree, Biscayne could be a very vibrant boulevard if even 15% of the priority was given to the pedestrian and cyclist instead of a 8 lane highway with lots in the middle

Anonymous
1 year ago

I agree 100% with you!

Anonymous
1 year ago

This project should have been completed by now.. no brainer. Do It!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes please.

Anyone whining about traffic can park in one of the 2000 garages being built nearby and take Metromover.

Anonymous
1 year ago

metro mover breaks down just about every day.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They need to improve and expand the metromover! It’s about time

Anonymous
1 year ago

You must ride the metromover a lot to know that.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly!

Eyyy ;)
1 year ago

I can just imagine the further destruction and gridlock this will bring when the Brickell ave bridge goes up.

Anonymous
1 year ago

get rid off the parking and turn all the open, green spaces of the museums and Bayfront in real parks. not like what they always do in miami, empty promises. nothing ever turn out to be like the renderings.

Anonymous
1 year ago

For the people complaining, you literally have E 1ST & 2ND AVE, Miami Ave, & W 1ST & 2ND AVE immediately west. Who cares if they close one lane on what should be our premier street. You also have I-95.

Anonymous
1 year ago

so basically only people living downtown should be able to drive?

Anonymous
1 year ago

You can’t drive if 4 lanes are reduced to 3?

Anonymous
1 year ago

The DDA should focus on cleaning up the downtown streets instead doing more studys. Every day is a game of hop-scotch trying to miss the S###T on the sidewalks. Bayfront Park is a disaster when it comes to cleanliness and now the DDA wants more green space to become brown space from all the people and dog crap. Clean the streets, the sidewalks, and clear the trash cans. Add more public bathrooms. Study that. Do any of these board members live or work in downtown?

Anonymous
1 year ago

It won’t increase traffic congestion because when people get caught in the horrible traffic jams when it is first opened, they wont go through there again, resulting in an underused nice park area with very little traffic. People will eventually say…”downtown? Hell no I wont go!”. Problem solved.

Anonymous
1 year ago

HORRIBLE IDEA! I CAN TELL THAT ALL THESE PLANNERS DONT LIVE IN DOWNTOWN……..

Anonymous
1 year ago

NO way, so funny i was literally complaining the other day about how this project was dead in the water, great to see renewed interest!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Are they still peddling that Singapore supertree ripoff? I’m all for the idea, but please. Come up with a better design.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Where will US 1 be diverted to ?

Anonymous
1 year ago

That double decker mess of a highway.

Anonymous
1 year ago

HEY Let’s make traffic worse — facepalm.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Uhh yeah actually. Then people will take mass transit to get in as they should. We don’t make suburbanites feel enough pain driving into the downtown core as it is. The urban core was not meant for driving so many large space-wasting 4 wheeled beasts in it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This makes no sense. The sidewalks are wide enough for pedestrians. Nobody is outdoors when it’s hot or rainy.
Let the traffic flow!
Has the car become an enemy of these two agencies?

Anonymous
1 year ago

I think this would be a good idea if the new grass areas actually had a small soccer field or bball etc. Just putting grass is kind of a waste no one will use it unless there is something to actually do there. Maybe some yogis can use the space also but point is to actually do something there that will attract locals.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes! More of this please!

Laz
1 year ago

dumbest sh*t i have ever heard.

Anonymous
1 year ago

But, you’re getting a Ferris Wheel.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Incredibly bold move, do it!

Anonymous
1 year ago

The same people that comment here about how Miami will never be a “world class city” are the first the cry about PaRkIng AnD trAfFic.

It’s time to act like world class city. Build Biscayne Green!

Anonymous
1 year ago

yes,this will finally make Miami world class!! This is what’s missing!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yep, he figured it out.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This will only add to congestion, build elevated rail if you want to reduce lanes.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Congestion? Literally a park on the whole eastern half of the road. Just people passing through. Take transit instead and free downtown.

Anonymous
1 year ago

There are well over 50 acres of green space and a Bayside to the immediate east.
Use the money for other priorities.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It would be a park where the parking medians are and would take a lane from each side NB & SB. That said, lane eliminations would actually improve congestion. It’s been proven in multiple studies and real life executions across the nation. Look at S 1st St complete street pilot. Travel times were down, more vehicles got through, and pedestrian and bike fatalities significantly reduced. Biscayne Green just makes sense. It’s perfect planning.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Most people dont live in downtown Miami and barely anyone is using the park now. And yes there will be more congestion.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Bayfront Park is empty because it is an event venue, not an actual park. It always has been, always will be. That’s why there’s always been a band shell/amphitheater even back in the 40s. If you remember the Biscayne Green pilot in 2016 or 2017, you’ll realize it was a success and great use of the space. Activating it with programming and landscaping it to accentuate the shade from the Metromover would make it the perfect park for residents who complain when Bayfront is closed for its much needed revenue-generating events.

Anonymous
1 year ago

how about Ken Russell remove the scooters from bayfront park first?

Anonymous
1 year ago

the bike lanes will make the scooters safer

Laz
1 year ago

Its LITERALLY an actual park, plus you have museum park

Anonymous
1 year ago

100,000 people will disagree with you. It won’t increase congestion, see New York’s 14th ave project. They been adding extra lanes in Kendall since 1980, how has that helped congestion?

Anonymous
1 year ago

do I need to show you a population growth map??

Anonymous
1 year ago

Here come to park lovers wanting more empty parks.

Anonymous
1 year ago

you aren’t wrong. These green people need to move out of Miami and into the suburb if they want parks.

Laz
1 year ago

as a person that have lives in suburbs and downtown + edgewater i always see parks empty, exception is Margaret pace park because everyone has a dog and it needs to poop somwhere

Anonymous
1 year ago

The park’s you see empty are such because they are not easily walkable to and not inviting. This plan will address this issue and make those parks a more sought destination.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Laz, I can’t take you serious. All of your comments have spelling and grammatical errors.

Anonymous
1 year ago

That’s what they turned the Miami Circle Park into, a “giant doggy toilet.”

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s only a matter of time before the Tequesta begin haunting the dogs.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sorry, but this is a terrible idea. Can you imagine the rush hour congestion morning and evening with single lanes in both directions? All this will do is funnel even more congestion into the City blocks. Are people forgetting there are two massive plots of park space along the water? I’m all for plenty of green space, but with the revamp of Bicentennial/Museum/Ferre, we’re good on that front for now and it’s a terrible argument in support in this instance.

How about using the money, if anything, to finish all of the items that were omitted from Ferre Park to cut costs?

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s not going to be single lanes, it’s only going to remove ONE lane from each direction NB & SB. You’d still have 3 lanes in each direction.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It says “one or more”, but, regardless, my opinion still stands. No lanes should be reduced here, especially on account of “more green space” with massive underutilized green space to the east.