The Natural Resources Defense Council, a national organization with more than 2 million members and online activists, has become a sponsor of WHEELS, the Florida green mobility program organized around the fall 2015 membership summit of the East Coast Greenway Alliance November 11-15 in South Miami.
Its theme is Greet Florida’s Transportation Future. Its focus is to get people out of cars onto bikes, transit and trails.
“This will be the biggest green mobility push since last year’s Miami-Dade Transportation Summit that declared I-95 gridlock a threat to our South Florida economy,” said Victor Dover of Dover, Kohl & Partners, town planners, who chairs the November program called WHEELS.
“Over five days, we want 10,000 people to experience a bike-walk-transit-trail interface that by video, mentoring and in real time will at least help them consider giving up their cars for some days a week and how that can improve not just their personal health and household economy, but also our civic realm – how we all live together. “
National leaders in green mobility will speak
National leaders who will speak during two half days of WHEELS conferencing include Dan Burden of Walkable Communities/Blue Zones; Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists; Dennis Markatos-Soriano of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, and Ryan Gravel, who initiated the Atlanta Beltline that includes strong private sector leadership in a $2.2 billion transit prominent re-focus of that city’s transportation mix.
WHEELS will include five days of bike rides, a bike-in street party, and positioning downtown Miami as a hub of trails that would include a rail-with-trail as part of All Aboard Florida, an extension of The Underline north across the Miami River at least to the Design District, the Miami River Greenway to Miami International Airport and connections to the cross-Everglades River of Grass Greenway and Ludlam Trail, the South Dade Trail, Plan Z for the Rickenbacker Causeway, and the East Coast Greenway through the beach towns.
Major sponsors also include ECGA, FDOT, and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. Website is www.wheelsflorida.org. ECGA’s Herb Hiller is WHEELS coordinator.