Luis Hernandez / WLRN

The prospect of riding a bike in Miami is somewhere between maddening and dangerous. It's the hot weather. It's the rainy summer afternoons. It's the dangerous roads. Yet, many Miamians do it. Some have no choice. Others do it out of a desire to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

Key West is a good place to get around under your own power whether it's by bike or on foot. The island is small, flat and warm year-round. Lots of island residents use bikes as their primary transportation, especially in the historic district.

Old Town was developed in the 18th century before cars. Streets are narrow, and parking is at a premium.

"This is an ideal cycling community," said Tom Theisen, owner of Bike Man Bike Rentals. "To not take advantage of that would be a shame."

Patrick Ferrell / Miami Herald

Three years ago a blistering assessment by a national advocacy group prompted the Florida Department of Transportation to get serious about making the state’s roadways safer for pedestrians and cyclists. After four Florida metropolitan areas were ranked as the most dangerous for pedestrians, FDOT leaders began to consider making design changes such as building narrower lanes.

Proponents of narrower lanes argue that wide, open lanes encourage motorists to hit the gas and endanger pedestrians, while narrow lanes force motorists to slow down.

Drivers complain about cyclists taking over the road. Cyclists complain about drivers not sharing the road. Pedestrians are afraid of getting hit while crossing the road.

Palm Beach County's police department and the Florida Highway Patrol will be on the lookout this week to make sure everyone's following the rules.

It's the second time police take over to make sure everyone's behaving on the road. The first time around, police issued 148 warnings and 175 citations between Palm Beach and Hillsboro Beach.

New Crosswalks For Biscayne Blvd. Pedestrians

Feb 12, 2014
Diego Saldana-Rojas / WLRN

The Florida Department of Transportation has pedestrians in mind with a new plan for Biscayne Blvd.

FDOT estimates it will spend upwards of $780,000 on new crosswalks and sidewalks along the busy road. Construction will span 3.9 miles from northeast 16 to northeast 74 street.

“Everyday on the news you always see there is a pedestrian hit by a car – a lot of people don’t follow the rules,” says community member Malcolm Moyes, who thinks the additions will favor area pedestrians. 

Design plans include:

11/21/13 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with discussion of Broward County’s ambitious “Complete Streets” program.  It’s aimed at providing safe streets for pedestrians, vehicles, and most especially, having a more bicycle-friendly community.  And more.  Linda Gassenheimer’s annual Thanksgiving dinner tips.  We’ll open up the phones and take calls.