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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Where are the bikes?

Earlier in the month, the City of Miami had a big party to introduce CitiBikes to the City of Miami. But I thought they forgot Coconut Grove. The racks had been sitting for the longest time without any bikes. But on Monday, December 29, bikes were added. The racks are on Grand Avenue across from the Mayfair, in front of The Grove Spot and at City Hall, there is also a rack near Vizcaya.

The racks take up parking spaces in some locations, but hopefully the bikes will compensate for the cars. There was a rack on Matilda in front of the elementary school, but the school needed the street parking more than they wanted the bikes so the racks were taken out in that location.

One more location was to be placed in Coconut Grove, giving us six locations, counting Vizcaya, but proponents for parking spaces fought that. Now the Bike Coconut Grove group has formed a petition to get the two other bike racks. I'm not sure what the Grove is going to do with six racks, but they feel they are needed. I can understand why people would fight the racks due to the fact that they were taking up parking which seems to be less and less these days around here.  Just a few years ago the problem near The Grove Spot was taxis taking up all the spaces while they waited for fares from the Mayfair Hotel, but those taxis could easily be moved, the bike racks, of course, are permanent. Here's the petition.

Bike Coconut Grove runs the free valet service at the Thursday green market which will be back in January. I guess if you want more info on this you can talk to Hank and his crew there. I'm thinking the solution would be to wait and see how the three racks in Center Grove go. Will the bikes be used or just sit there? Let's hope they are used.

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Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

This is good news. I am wondering who is responsible, because they deserve some credit.

December 30, 2014 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

Could this be a long play for developing an argument by those who would profit by building another big parking garage somewhere? Because otherwise it's looking more & more like the Grove does not welcome those from outside the 33133 coming to our hood to park their cars & spend their money. I guess they could take a trolley here from the homes in Kendall & then they can rent bicycles for their families to cruise around.?

December 30, 2014 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do we need so many bikes here in the grove.we dont even have customers for the stores.and all the locals have there own bikes.i wonder who got paid for this stupid idea.curruption is killing the sad

December 30, 2014 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For this to work, you obviously need Tourism to work.

Considering the delightful bumper-to-bumper traffic we now have, it's relatively safe to assume that every resident Grovite already owns a bike. Unless, of course, they are irrepressible fat old drivers of contaminant SUV's.

So what we need, again, are more CVS's, McDonalds, a lovely KFC, and the biggest Walmart is South FL. And destroy any unique, classic Grove places still standing. That's how you bring the Tourists, who in turn are happy to rent those lovely blue bikes.

December 31, 2014 8:24 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

The stand in front of 24hr fitness in your pic is on the sidewalk, which makes sense.

I wish there was one near fresh market and another by milams.

December 31, 2014 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a great idea for all of us boaters that live or visit CG. Especially since so many bikes are stolen from us. This makes for a no fuss situation. Just pay for a membership and be done with it. A station by Millams/Home Depot & the Coconut Grove Metrorail would be fantastic.

January 08, 2015 6:47 PM  

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