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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Stupid obstacles in the bike/jogging path

People are questioning the wisdom of this - a pole, placed smack dab right on the Commodore Trail, which is a bike path.

"How about we put it in the middle of the roadway. Why not? Almost as many people bike, walk, jog or scooter that path as they do Main Highway. What kind of reaction would we get if FPL or ATT put this square in the middle of Main Highway?" asks a reader.

Recently, a bus shelter was placed on the trail, blocking most of it in one area; blocking the Commodore Trail sign, too. At least there's a scooter there to conveniently get around it you want to.

"As a volunteer citizens group, the Friends of the Commodore Trail have been working tirelessly for the past two plus years, and this new obstacle just insults our work. Public officials issue permits to use the trail for utility poles, bus stops, fire hydrants, signs, flower stands . . . you name it.  Now, there is painted dotted line running the length of the trail between the utility pole south to the entrance of the Moorings on Main Highway, so I’m guessing that they will be tearing up the trail as well," says a member of the Friends of the Commodore Trail.

We're still having our parking issue in our neighborhood. The Commissioner, Police Commander, County and other folks abandoned us. They were supposed to do something, but they have done NOTHING. So I'm not sure if anyone cares about this less than smart thing now on the Commodore Trail, but we'll see.

Comments are open. So what do you think? I had only closed comments because it seems that hundreds of you prefer to comment on Facebook and only one or two of the same people have been commenting here. But comments are open here again.

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Blogger Sledge said...

Yes, those obstacles are stupid and inconsiderate, even dangerous. But what's worse is the shape of the so-called "commodore bike trail". It's more like a mountain bike trail for thrill seekers, and it gets worse every year, zero maintenance. Zero. In decades. I've been riding both a speed bike and hybrid bike for many years all around the Grove. I just don't take the impossible "Bike Path" ever anymore, unless it's with the hybrid, slow speed, to avoid heavy car traffic sections on Main or Douglas.

We are being forced to really "share the road", except many car drivers don't understand that the "bike path" is a rugged mine field, so many of us prefer to hit the car road, which is properly paved and reasonably maintained. Obviously, most car drivers have never used a bike or ridden on the "path" themselves to experience the bumps, while messing up the bike. Like most ignorant politicians who hardly ever ride bikes, of course.

To be honest, for walking and running, the entire commodore path is ok, all the way to Key Biscayne, let's not be bitches and woosssies about that. But for bikes, even hybrids it's a freaking mess.

So it has become a hazard, I've had a few close calls with intolerant car drivers who disrespect the 3 feet minimum rule, and pass way too close, while yelling at us sometimes. They think we should be on the empty "bike path" and not using "their" road. That's the pathetic level of ignorance and stupidity, something that we certainly do SHARE in Miami.

October 09, 2019 2:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I totally agree with removing obstacles and clearing debris on the path.. The town could also do a much better job fixing all the street lights that are out at night. It is very dark in many places from Devon to the corner of Douglas and Main. These are all safety issues that need to be addressed!!

October 09, 2019 4:29 PM  
Blogger Hank Resnik said...

Thanks for calling attention to some of the more outrageous problems on the Commodore Trail. Friends of the Commodore Trail is working on fixing them. They can't all be fixed, however--the new pole, for example, which is under the authority of the state of Florida. But the bus shelter will be moved. It's just taking time. We're also working on fixing many other problems on the Trail. It's the work of a lifetime. Please join us if you want to help support our efforts.--Hank Sanchez-Resnik, Co-chair, Friends of the Commodore Trail, friendsct.org

October 09, 2019 5:33 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

I see this repeated behavior and attribute it to low level government employees. They live maybe twenty miles from here and are definitely not concerned. At all.

October 09, 2019 9:22 PM  
Blogger DKF said...

And I will add that because the county insists on selling ad space, in order to accomodate the sign, one side of the bush shaelter frame sticks out about an extra 1-2 feet into the pathway.

October 14, 2019 6:15 AM  

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