The City of Miami Beach has successfully upgraded 16th street with a solid green bike lane! The popular east-west corridor provides the community with a critical improvement in regard to mobility and bicycle safety. Better news is that this green lane signifies only the beginning of a massive redesign to the city’s entire street network. Since 2012, the Street Plans team has been working closely with city officials and the community in formulating the Miami Beach Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan & Street Design Guide. Serving as one of the most urban cities in South Florida, the plan symbolizes a fundamental shift in the region’s approach to bicycle and pedestrian street design.
The Master Plan offers a multi-phased approach to infrastructure improvements that ultimately produces a thorough network of low-stress greenways, protected bike lanes and separated paths. The plan combines industry leading best practices, robust data collection, careful site analysis and elegant design. Much attention was given towards improving commuter corridors such as 5th street, 16th street and West avenue and increasing bicycle parking and tree canopy in popular districts such as South Beach, Bayshore and North Shore Park. In addition to local connectivity, the plan upgrades crucial regional thoroughfares leading in and out of the city such as the MacArthur Causeway, Venetian Causeway and Atlantic Greenway.
Street Plans will continue to report as the improvements progress. Many thanks to city of Miami Beach staff, steering committees and local residents who have continuously packed our workshops. A safer and better connected Miami Beach is underway!