City of Miami Beach’s Decision to Close Ocean Drive to People
Today, the City of Miami Beach decided to move, in what we feel is, the wrong direction. The decision to bring automobile back to Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive not only goes against the city’s goal of bringing back restaurant patronage but comes after many residents and business owners have voiced their support of pedestrianizing the street not only as a COVID-19 prevention measure, but as a permanent asset.
Just after hosting a conference on mobility, Miami-Dade County and its cities have proven again that they cannot lead on–or even attempt to accomplish–transportation solutions that cities like Bogota, Paris, London, Boston, and San Francisco have proven work and improve the lives of their residents.
If the County and City of Miami Beach are serious about reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and improving the quality of life of their residents, then they will rethink creating another parking lot out of Ocean Drive, rather than a lucrative, tax-dollar-raising open space.
Thank you (and stay safe),
The Miami Riders Alliance
The Miami Riders Alliance is a grassroots 501(c)(4) membership organization of riders, future riders, and community leaders advocating to improve public transportation and create safer streets for residents across Miami-Dade County, FL.
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