Two-for-One Deal on Ocean Drive: Grab a Meal and Choke on Exhaust Fumes Too

The City of Miami Beach Commission voted 5-2 to bring cars back to Ocean Drive after close to a year and half car-free.

Author: Riders Alliance Comms Team
Published On: Saturday, November 06, 2021 | 04:02 PM

The City of Miami Beach Commission voted 5-2 to bring cars back to Ocean Drive after close to a year and half car-free.
 
Despite years of cars stuck in traffic on Ocean Drive, Commissioners believe this time will be different, but causal observers will notice that no, it won't be. Instead of advocating for more place-making options like more lighting, more programming, and more community, the commission has decided idling automobiles will solve Ocean Drive's problems.
 
The plan, put forward by the City Manager, consists of one-way southbound car traffic with sidewalk cafés, some dining parklets, valet services, and a 2-way buffered (not protected) bike lane.
 
Returning automobiles to Ocean Drive comes with a price tag of almost $170,000, but also the cost of residents' sanity with revving engines, slingshot stereos, and air quality degradation.
 
We are also not confident the bike lanes will remain unobstructed by automobiles without protection.
 
The Commission voted the wrong way, and we'd like to thank Commissioners Samuelian and Arriola for voting with people in mind, not cars.

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