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Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Give Us a Brake" meeting at the Sailing Club

The Grove 2030 Transportation Group recently adopted the “Give Us a Brake” campaign to lower the speed limit on the residential streets of Coconut Grove to 20 mph as an important initiative to achieve the goal of pedestrian and bicyclist safety on all the streets of the Grove. 

The group will meet at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, May 31 to recruit volunteers for different jobs. There are jobs for all types of skills and availability.

For instance they need:
Block and neighborhood captains, to champion the collection of signatures.
Ambassadors, willing to take the campaign to their clubs, churches and other organizations impacted by the high speed cut-through traffic in the Grove.
Social influencers. Help us get impact on the web by "liking" and "sharing" our social media campaigns. 

If you can't attend the meeting but still want to be involved please  let them know by sending an email: giveusabrake20@gmail.com

The Sailing Club is at 2990 S. Bayshore Drive.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It will be no easy task changing or adding all those signs, but a worth goal. Gifford Lane, just off Oak experiences many cars going upwards of 45/55 MPH shared by many strollers parents and pets. And at the school at Oak & Matilda it didn't surprise me to learn the worst drivers were the parents picking up their children. It got so dangerous an officer was assigned to ticket parents. This "BRAKE" program is custom made for those who comment negatively in the Grape to sign up, group up and actually do something positive.

May 29, 2016 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think 25 MPH would be the perfect speed for the entire Grove, residential and commercial.

May 29, 2016 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, 25 MPH translates in the brain to 35/55 & 55 translates into 65/75, a yellow/caution light translates into hit the gas peddle and the yellow/caution lights throughout the U.S. have been reduced from about 2.5 sec's to about 3/4 sec's to issue red light camera citation @ $158.00 per. And it took 2 years to correct a curve one block off U.S. #1, leading to Key Biscayne that resulted in 87 auto accidents in 18 months, but no deaths. On a "HOT BENCH" court case a bicyclist ran a red light and was hit by an auto driver simply going through a green light legally. The bicyclist testified the driver should have stopped because his vehicle weighed about 2.5 tons and his bike weighted 12 lbs. HELLO! Good luck "Give Us a Brake". Jobie Steppe

May 29, 2016 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would our Latex wearing bicycle friends have to adhere to the new speed limit and other laws of the road?

May 30, 2016 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bicyclist are human who want to have their way, i.e., run lights, stop signs and get where they're going without delay, not all, but many. Officers have been instructed to issue citations to one or many in the group who violate traffic laws. My wife, a bicyclist told me many have been ticketed. But, the main fact to keep in mind is that a bike and rider weighs about 150 to 175 lbs and 4 wheeled vehicles can smash they flat. Drive defensively, look all about and be safe.

May 30, 2016 3:07 PM  
Blogger Mai Le said...

Great initiative! We live on Willaim Avenue and people drove through updaardnof 30 to 40
Mph in a residential
Neighborhood to try and bypass Grand. What is inexplicable is that many of the cross streets do
NOT HAVE STOP SIGNS, which is ridiculous in a residential neighborhood. This makes it unsafe to drive, walk, and bike. How wondonwe get this changed in the seeming forgotten section of West Grove? Again, great cause!

May 31, 2016 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Jack said...

I agree. Especially Shipping Ave between 27th Ave and Hibiscus (perhaps excluding McDonald St). It is very confusing as some have 2 way stop signs and some have 4. Think all in the residential streets in the West Grove should have 4 way stop signs. I live near Shipping and Indiana St. and have seen many accidents over the years.

May 31, 2016 8:12 AM  

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