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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Calming traffic on 32nd Avenue

There is a petition to have something done about the speeding on 32nd Avenue (McDonald Street). Other than speed bumps, and hopefully not another traffic circle, what else can be done? The speed limit is already 30 mph, but there is only one sign, hidden behind a tree, that states that, maybe the first step would be to let people know what the speed limit is.

The street is designed to have faster traffic, it seems like it would be 40 or 45 mph and people may not realize that the speed limit is only 30 mph.

Commissioner Francis Suarez is sponsoring a resolution to lower the speed limit on residential streets throughout the City of Miami to 25 mph, which makes sense - on residential streets. But is 32nd Avenue a residential street? I think it's a major entry artery into and out of the Grove.

Another suggestion is maybe add a couple of traffic lights on 32nd Avenue. Why not? That would surely slow people down, along with the 30 mph limit signs. Day Avenue seems to be a problem so maybe a light at Day and 32nd Avenue (McDonald Street) will help and then I suggest Oak and McDonald. That's a major area where it's almost impossible to make a turn at times. I've taken to driving the other direction and then turning into the neighborhoods to get to CVS. The light might alleviate that trip through the neighborhood, which I'm sure residents would appreciate. 

I really think that alerting drivers that the speed limit is 30 mph should be the first step. 

The issue of lowering the speed limit is on the agenda at Thursday's (October 13) City Commission meeting, which begins at 9 am at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.

NOTE: This item was deferred until Nov. 17, on the Commission agenda.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enforcement of the existing speed limit would go a long way to help. Our neighborhood has a problem - unfortunately mostly with residents - with both excess speed and effectively ignoring stop signs. If rotating enforcement action was implemented from time to time I think all of our streets would be safer.

October 12, 2016 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is phone use while driving going to be outlawed in Miami? It is illegal in California and drivers are required to park to use the phone. Most drivers in Miami are fiddling with the phone while on the road. Just look around.

October 12, 2016 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

The heavy enforcement and ticketing they did at the 4 way stop sign at Mary St and Grand Ave a few months ago seemed to do the trick. I, for one, am more cautious when approaching that intersection.

October 12, 2016 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Jim on Loquat said...

The lack of enforcement is throughout the Grove. In the mornings, it is like a drag race from one ignored stop sign to the next. At night, the WayZ diverted traffic comes through the Grove, all in a hurry to get home to Pinecrest and Kendall, not even slowing down for the stop signs. Our dog was run over by a hit and run driver a couple of months ago. NO police enforcement EVER! WE are feeding the peacocks because the traffic does slow for them. Also, leave your palm fronds lying in the street; they slow down for them as well.

October 12, 2016 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first you complain about cops ticketing you then you want more enforcement
totally useless posts

October 12, 2016 5:39 PM  
Blogger Grapevine said...

Where did I ask for more police enforcement ????? You Useless Person.

October 12, 2016 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Narrow the 12 foot traffic lanes down to 9 feet, and add in a 6 foot wide bike path / sidewalk. Drivers will feel the impact of being closer to other cars and will naturally slow down their driving behavior to react. Plus, a nice wide bike path and sidewalk will increase connectivity between the Center Grove and Bird Road shopping areas for locals. Landscape the area with real shade trees so that people can walk in comfort with the money that you save from maintaining 25% less asphalt.

October 12, 2016 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must have missed something because I don't see anyone here complaining about being ticketed. Quite the opposite, in fact.

October 12, 2016 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

The unreliable traffic light at McDonald and Grand is doing a good job of slowing traffic, yet creating road-rage. I am often stuck there, heading south on McDonald.
Today it was only twenty minutes with traffic backed up almost to Bird Road.
The poor truck driver in front of me had to run the red light just to keep traffic moving.

This has been going on for at least two years. Blessing in disguise?

October 12, 2016 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Erin Clancy said...

The meeting to discuss the speed resolution is actually today, October 13th, and I believe the public comment time is now first thing in the morning. Ken Russell's newsletter has it in today's meeting and its also on the agenda for today.

Ken Russell's Newsletter

City of Miami Commission Agenda for October 13th (SLOW PAGE TO LOAD)

Lots of neighborhoods in the Grove are sick of high-speed cut through traffic- our roads weren't made for Escalades doing 40 driven by people reading email. We need to make it safe for the residents who just want to be able to bike, walk, run, push a stroller or walk a dog down their street without fearing for their lives.

We have an online petition - and Facebook page

Not everyone is lucky enough to live where there are sidewalks!

October 13, 2016 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best comment on here. As someone who travels within 5 miles of downtown on bike only, I second this. Cars slow down only when they're afraid of scratching their paint. Other road users can die for all they care. Less lane width is better than a ticketing cop on every corner for enforcing speed limits. And in the meantime pedestrians and cyclists can have some more breathing room.

October 13, 2016 11:03 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Lasher said...

Unfortunately these "traffic enforcement" blasts - of which there have been several - haven't done anything to mitigate traffic on 32nd and Day. In fact, there are a large number of accidents at this intersection so the problem is much bigger than speeding. There have been a lot of updates detailing the saga of this intersection (including a July post on the Grapevine re: the same petition) available here:

October 14, 2016 6:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I live a few houses down from this intersection (McDonald and Day Ave) and not a day goes by that I don't see or hear a near accident (not to mention the actual accidents that happen on an almost weekly basis; I actually have a photo album of he accidents). The issue isn't necessarily speeding, but rather the amount of traffic passing through the intersection and the difficulty drivers have crossing McDonald on Day Avenue (mostly due to blocked line of sight, but could also be partially attributed to speed, mistaken belief a four-way stop exists and distracted driving). As Elizabeth mentioned above, speed enforcement has been attempted several times without success. This problem intersection must be taken care of before more accidents occur and, eventually, a pedestrian becomes a victim of one of the accidents.- Martin

October 14, 2016 9:15 AM  
Blogger Donn K Flipse said...

Agree 100% with blocked line of sight. I call code enforcement every few months to report overgrown bushes that force you to pull out into traffic to see around.

October 17, 2016 6:10 AM  
Blogger caro said...

We had an accident there . Drivers are speeding , everyone knows that .
What are they waiting for to do something ?!?!

October 23, 2016 10:43 PM  

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