Safety issues for bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles on the Rickenbacker Causeway will be the topic of Tuesday afternoon’s Sunshine meeting in Miami as stakeholders and other elected officials gather to begin a new round of discussions on the how improvements should be managed.
District 7 Commissioner Raquel A. Regalado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava will lead the 5 p.m. meeting at Vizcaya Village, 3250 South Miami Avenue, and are expected to include Key Biscayne Mayor Mike Davey, and Village Manager Steve Williamson.
The meeting follows not only two cyclists who were hit and killed on the roadway two Sundays ago (the sixth and seventh similar deaths since 2006), but also a possible road rage incident recorded between what appeared to be an irate, honking driver and several cyclists, a video was reportedly forwarded to Mayor Cava’s office.
Also over the past two weeks, as law enforcement beefed up their presence on the roadway with a “zero tolerance” policy for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, cyclists complained on social media that ‘they were unjustly ticketed for not staying on their bikes. lane, although they claim police motorbikes blocked their way.
The speed limit was also lowered from 45mph to 35mph in some areas along the carriageway a week ago.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Mayor Cava tweeted“Miami-Dade County and our partners are working hard to keep everyone on the road safe, but we’re asking drivers and cyclists to do their part by obeying all traffic rules. Together, we’re committed to make the Rickenbacker Causeway safer for all residents.”
Tuesday’s meeting restarts the process of determining what the expected priorities of noted stakeholders, including Key Biscayne and Virginia Key officials, really are.
The county’s request for proposals (RFP) for the Plan Z Consortium’s ideas was ultimately rescinded by Mayor Cava after Key Biscayne residents and city leaders, in particular, urged Commissioner Regalado to convince the mayor that it was not a perfect process.
Meanwhile, county officials have begun the process of reviewing the replacement or repair of the Bear Cut Bridge, a top priority for Key Biscayne officials.
At Tuesday’s meeting, members of the public in attendance may choose to wear face coverings and observe social distancing in accordance with applicable requirements and the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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This publicly notified meeting will be recorded.