Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a rare statement regarding a traffic fatality Wednesday, expressing his condolences for the death of a cyclist on the county's Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne.
His administration has come under fire over bike safety on the Rickenbacker, which has seen other cyclist deaths and severe injuries. Cycling advocates want a protected bike lane installed, which could cost as much as $30 million, according to one plan's estimate.
Gimenez's statement urges increased enforcement of speeding rules to protect existing bike lines, and notes Miami-Dade has spent more than $14 million on pedestrian and cyclist safety since he took office in 2011.
The full statement follows:
Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of the victim who lost his life this morning in a cycling accident on Crandon Park Boulevard. A second victim is critically injured and we pray for him as well. At this time, there is an active police investigation and we will know more in the days to come. The Rickenbacker Causeway, its bridges and the roads leading into the Village of Key Biscayne are some of the County’s most beautiful assets and a favorite spot for outdoor activities. I have prioritized improvements to these areas since my time as the Commissioner for District 7. Our staff has collaborated with leaders from the cycling community through monthly meetings to work together to find solutions.
In addition, my administration, with the support of our Board of County Commissioners has invested over $14 million on pedestrian and bicycle improvements. We all remain committed to prioritizing the master plan for additional improvements as funding becomes available.
I join Vice Chairman Bovo, Commissioners Suarez and Diaz in asking our Police Departments in Miami-Dade County, City of Miami and the Village of Key Biscayne to continue their stepped up enforcement activities.
I want to reiterate that the safety of all of our pedestrians, bicyclists and our traveling public is of the utmost importance and is a top transportation priority. We will work through our Transit and Mobility Services Committee of the Board to continue to address these issues.