WHEELS Gains Momentum
Herb Hiller’s coordination of the WHEELS Event, scheduled in South Miami November 11-15, in conjunction with the East Coast Greenway Alliance Summit, is really picking up steam. Here you see Herb addressing the Miami ChamberSouth Breakfast this week. The response has been enthusiastic all over Miami. Others actively involved in WHEELS planning who attending the breakfast meeting included Victor Brandon Dover, Mari Chael, Claudia Cancio, Veronica Birch Flores, John Edward Smith and Mary Scott Russell. Click on the photos below, which include a photo of Mari Chael, commuting to the breakfast and on to work pedaling across the bridge along US 1 and SW 67th Avenue.
Tri-Rail Bike Cars
In other great news, the first of two Tri-Rail cars outfitted with an entire row of seats replaced by bike racks
is rolling on trains 615, 620, 627, 632 and 643. William Cross, director of Planning and Capital Improvement at South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, reports that SFRTA is readying a second bike car. Bill says that “Tri-Rail has a very high bike population and these cars should help mitigate door congestion for bike and other passengers sometimes experienced due to the high
number of bikes on the trains.”
Here’s the full story from Cross:
I wanted to share some positive Tri-Rail news – today was the maiden voyage of the first bike rack coach (car 1006) that we’ve presented to you at PTAC and other forums. This car will operate on trains 615, 620, 627, 632 and 643 throughout the service day. Materials for a second bike car have also arrived and fabrication should begin shortly. As you can see in the attached photo, one row of seats on the lower level have been removed to add the bike racks but seats on the other side of the aisle remain so that bike passengers may sit with their bikes to their destination. Tri-Rail has a very high bike population and these cars should help mitigate door congestion for bike and other passengers sometimes experienced due to the high number of bikes on the trains.
While we hope/expect these cars to be an instant hit with our bike passengers, we would appreciate your assistance in getting the word out through your bike sub-committees and other public information sharing opportunities that may reach this population.
William L. Cross, P.E.
Director of Planning and Capital Development
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority