Bike Miami: Car Free Under Palm Trees

11_11_08_bike_miami.jpg

Yesterday Miami became the latest American city to pull off a big car-free event, when an estimated 2,000 people (including mayor Manny Diaz) took to the streets for Bike Miami. Mike Lydon at Transit Miami reports:

South Miami Avenue was much more like an urban plaza than a street. Did you notice how the cafe seating and active retail edges allowed people to watch the active participants promenade through what became more a stage than a street? It was a beautiful event and instructive. Indeed, I have never seen such an exercise of urbanism within downtown Miami. The event clearly demonstrates the wonderful potential of downtown Miami and I think the event’s organizers and participants now understand what livable streets can mean for the health of downtown Miami.

Clarence Eckerson and the Streetfilms crew have been all over the wave of Ciclovía-inspired events this year, filing reports from ChicagoNew York, Portland and San Francisco. As for videos of Bike Miami, some hand-held footage has surfaced on YouTube, and after the jump we’ve got the introductory remarks from Mayor Diaz and local district commissioner Joe Sanchez.

Photo of South Miami Avenue: Transit Miami

Video: 305librarian

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Open Thread: Coast, Santa Monica’s First Open Streets Event

|
Santa Monica closed off two miles of streets to motor vehicles on Sunday for its first-ever open streets event, Coast. The route started at the newly-opened Downtown Santa Monica Expo line station. From there to the Pier was a designated pedestrian zone. The path continued north along Ocean Avenue to Wilshire and south along Main […]
STREETSBLOG USA

Trying to Lure Google? Better Have Mixed-Use, Walkable Development

|
Around the Network today: A mega-employer demands more sustainable development near its headquarters, a city launches bike sharing, and NIMBYs resist sidewalks. Google Wants Mixed-Use Development: Scaledown reports on what Google wants from the city where its global headquarters are located: mixed-use development and residential density. In a letter to the city of Mountain View, […]

Downey Ride & Stride Open Streets Event Open Thread

|
The city of Downey held its first open streets festival yesterday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downey Ride & Stride dedicated 5.5 miles of city streets to walking, bicycling, skating, wheelchairs, and plenty of other car-free activities. Downey is one of the cities sponsored by Metro in its initial round of open streets funding. Events […]