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Initiatives

Some ideas how to make Beachwalk even safer.

Prominent Signage on the Path

Public & Traffic signs help regulate public roads. It should be the same for Beachwalk. In many areas and at certain times of the day, there are dozens of BW users simultaneously.

Existing signs are nicely designed but low contrast and are not very visible. The proposal is to have signs like any other on the public road – high contrast with a clear ‘call for action’.

During the winter ‘season’ and high-impact events in Miami Beach (Art Basel, WFF, etc) when it gets really crowded on the Beach proposal is to have temporary digital signs at a couple of most critical and narrow spots.

Signs at Exit Gates | Hotels, Condos by the Beachwalk

Signs at Exit gates towards Beachwalk with a warning to ‘pay attention & look around’ for bikers, runners, etc., especially in areas where BW is narrow. In cases where gates are challenging to see, ‘flashing’ lights on the BW side might be a good safety option.

Disclaimer

The ideas presented on this page are only suggestions based on personal experiences and observations by an avid Beachwalk user (on average 2hrs daily). The Platform contributor(s) are NOT responsible for an individual Beachwalk user’s behaviors and outcomes that may occur while using Beachwalk in Miami Beach.

Observations

Every effort was made to collect objective data (go-pro camera, speedometer, testimonials, etc.).  Yes – the majority of BW users are respectful, courteous, and paying attention. However, be attentive when using the Beachwalk, because it can be a ‘high transit’ path (for bikers, runners, walkers, skaters, etc.). Most challenging situations come from a lack of awareness. Some examples:

  • Making sudden turns on the path without looking if there is traffic around. It may be impossible to react fast enough to avoid a collision if a person on the path suddenly turns and appears in front of you.
  • People cross the path from the hotel or condo towards the beach (and vice versa) without looking left or right first.
  • Dog walkers, with their pets on a long leash. It usually happens early in the morning.
  • Dog walkers – socializing in the middle of the path.
  • Unattended small children on the path, with their parents far behind or in front.
  • People on racing bikes, especially on weekends, tend to ride in groups. Some bikers may not slow down instead they may try to zig-zag around you. Be attentive.
  • Last but not least: people walking or running while focused on their virtual world (AKA staring at cell phones). Expect the unexpected…!

Example of how Courtesy “Keep Right’ & leaving the middle of the path for faster moving users can help with safe sharing of the path. Below: Busy Beachwalk, weekend morning in season.

NOT so Cool

Changing your direction while walking or riding without looking around first.

Riding too FAST with people around you.

Entering or crossing BW without looking for incoming traffic.

Not SLOWING DOWN or STOPPING your bike, skateboard, etc. if there is a crowd or slower traffic in front of you.

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