WHEELS Gains Momentum and Tri-Rail Adds Bike Cars

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Herb Hiller addressing Miami ChamberSouth about WHEELS 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

Greenway Alliance News for upcoming WHEELS event

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WHEELS planning rolls on.  Baptist Health and a historic Miami house will provide venues for the Alliance during the WHEELS Event.  The Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization has endorsed the WHEELS event. WHEELS will take place in South Miami November 11-15.

Doc Thomas House

The East Coat Greenway Alliance will hold its semi-annual board meeting and reception at the Doc Thomas House in Miami this fall.  The Doc Thomas House, from the 1920s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses the Tropical Audubon Society. The house sits on almost three acres of pine rocklands at the crossroads of Sunset Road and Red Road in South Miami. It will site a November 13 evening reception of the East Coast Greenway Alliance during its annual membership meeting as part of the five days of Miami-Dade County green mobility events called WHEELS. ECGA's board will also hold its semi-annual board meeting at the site. 

Baptist Health/South Miami Hospital

Update on Delray Beach SAFE Program

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This report follows a late May meeting with Jim Smith, co-founder and chairman of Safety as Floridians Expect (SAFE). Charles Bonfield, SAFE co-founder and president, and Jim Chard of Human-Powered Delray, joined Jim and me at Panera Bread in Delray Beach

Jim Smith: SAFE and in touch

Jim Smith is a peppery guy. He keeps in touch like a hand on a light switch. Jim’s got leverage.

Always had it during his two-decade career at the Miami Herald, starting as a junior accountant and ultimately serving as its controller, when that paper dominated the late 20th century South Florida news scene. He finished his career as the vice president/chief financial officer of the multi-state retailer, Linen Supermarket.

Your invitation to the America Walks Walking College webinar

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Dan Burden, who will speak at WHEELS November 13 in South Miami (www.wheelsflorida.org), announces a powerful free tutorial in the post that follows.

Friends and associates —


Good news!  Samantha and I have gotten EACH of you and ALL in your organization invited to the America Walks Walking College opening webinar. We have both the honor of opening this college and giving the final convocation keynote address in Washington, D.C. in late October.  

National environmental organization joins WHEELS

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WHEELS Miami - Bike, Transit, Trails CelebrationThe 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.

Volusia's Balancing Act Requires Legislative Vision

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Herb Hiller of Deland is the southeast region program consultant to the East Coast Greenway AllianceHERB HILLER

Published: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.
I was driving west on State Road 44 from Interstate 95 to DeLand when Volusia
County struck me: its oceanfront cities, its river towns, the rural and conservation
lands between. I was left feeling not just balanced, but driving in some existential
comfort. Comfort food came to mind — but then, comfort geography.
Wasn’t the Amendment 1 vote a simultaneous insistence to make us
first again in conserving our most valuable lands? 


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