Miami Lakes is a terrific place to live. However, is it too “car-centric?” I do not believe so. Not any more than any other growing community in Miami-Dade County. The original designers meant it to be navigable by foot, car and bicycle.
That was then. This is now.
As the rest of the county, Miami Lakes is experience growth. Growth means more vehicles. The writer mentions “complete streets.” These are streets designed for safe travel by foot, bicycle, vehicle and public transportation. The writer of the letter states that this concept is not about retrofitting the town but “moving forward with a different prospective.”
The town needs bicycle lanes. It needs more places for pedestrians to cross safely — especially disabled pedestrians — too often ignored by motorists. The town has it’s own transportation system by on call bus. The problem is not enough use, especially by young people. Within the town, one can shop, go out to dine, swim, go to a movie and more without using the family vehicle. It is even possible to hold down a job within a short distance from home.
Build those bike lanes. Design complete streets wherever possible. However, concentrate on safety. We need safety for all those traveling through and in town. We especially need safety for disabled pedestrians navigating Miami Lakes’ streets and walkways. When all else fails, we need police to ensure the concept of safety.
Alan Rigerman, Palm Springs North
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