FYI Miami: July 23, 2015
SAFE PASSAGE: County crews last week began five months of road resurfacing and bike lane-widening along Crandon Boulevard between Bear Cut Bridge and the Village of Key Biscayne. The new bike lanes, to be painted bright green, will be separated from auto traffic by a 2-foot-wide striped buffer zone bounded by vibratory pavement markings similar to those recently installed along the Bear Cut and William Powell bridge bike lanes along the Rickenbacker Causeway. The work, to take place weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., is to be done in December. One vehicular and one bicycle lane will stay open at all times in either direction. Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who sponsored legislation calling for safety measures for bicyclists on the road, said in a written release the changes are essential to keep cyclists safe after a number of hit-and-run cyclist fatalities on the roadway over the past several years.
PARK AND BOAT: A plan to handle parking during one of the year’s busiest weekends is nearly done, said Art Noriega, CEO of the Miami Parking Authority, reporting to the city’s Off-Street Parking Board. The second weekend in February 2016 is expected to be busy, with visitors filling Coconut Grove for its arts festival and others heading to Virginia Key for the Miami International Boat Show. City-owned Marine Stadium Park is ground zero for the next boat show, in an agreement between the city and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The parking authority was called in to help manage what is expected to be a flood of cars. Mr. Noriega acknowledged the challenges. In terms of logistics, it will be “a pretty heavy lift,” he said of the boat show parking plan, which includes 10,000 spaces in downtown Miami with shuttle and water taxi service directly to the show. He also expects a big learning curve as “it’s year one.” For decades the show’s main venue was Miami Beach.
GAS PRICES FALLING: As the price of oil is slipping toward the $50-per-barrel mark, gasoline prices are following suit, falling in Miami-Dade as of Sunday to average $2.73 a gallon. That’s down 2.7 cents per gallon in a week and below the national average of $2.76, said GasBuddy price-tracking service, which studies prices at 1,690 Miami area gas stations. AAA, meanwhile, said that while oil peaked at $61.43 for the year in June, it was down last week to $50.89. GasBuddy Senior Analyst Patrick DeHaan said that “by mid-fall, gasoline prices could be under $2 a gallon in a growing number of states.”