Bicycle Pedestrian Program
Creating safe places to walk and bicycle is the most important part of the Bicycle Pedestrian Program (BPP).
Bicycle Friendly Miami-Dade
Through this initiative, “Bicycle Friendly” designations are available for communities, businesses, and universities that actively encourage and reduce barriers to make bicycling a more common occurrence. The Bicycle Friendly Miami-Dade program is founded and administered by the League of American Bicyclists, the oldest and one of the most influential bicycle advocacy organizations in the country.
- Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) Program
- Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) Program
- Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) Program
More than a hundred miles of paved paths, bike lanes and unpaved trails exist in Miami-Dade. In addition, most major streets and many neighborhood streets have sidewalks for safe walking. Some recent and upcoming projects include:
- Biscayne Trail (Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces)
- Carol City Trail (US Army Corps of Engineers)
- FIU/Oleta River Path (North Miami)
- M-Path Extension to Dadeland (MDT)
- Miami River Greenway (City of Miami)
- North Beach Recreational Corridor (Miami Beach)
- Safety Engineering for Pedestrians (University of Florida/FDOT/MDPW)
- Snake Creek Trail (North Miami Beach)
- Snapper Creek Segment "B" Master Plan
- South Dade Greenways Network (MDPW)
- South Dade Trail Extension to Florida City (MDT)
The TPO’s Bicycle Facilities Plan helps identify new projects and supports the use of bicycle and pedestrian safe designs on all road projects.
Bicyclists also need safe places to park their bike at the end of their trip. Since 2000, the county zoning code has required that multi-family residential and commercial properties in the unincorporated area provide secure bike parking close to their primary entrance.
Plan Your Route & Take A Bike
Use our personalized tool to match your needs and skill level. The Interactive Bicycle Trip Planning tool will help you map out a route to your preferences.
Miami-Dade Transit's Bike & Ride program allows you to bring your bike onto Metrorail and rack-equipped Metrobus.
Bikes are also allowed on all Tri-Rail trains with a valid Tri-Rail bike permit. To obtain a permit call 1-800-TRI-RAIL or visit their bicycle permit webpage.
- Miami-Dade County's Open Data Hub : Bike Lane : Bike Lane (arcgis.com) (June 2019)
- Miami-Dade County's Open Data Hub : Paved Path : Paved Path (arcgis.com) (June 2019)
- Miami-Dade County's Open Data Hub : Paved Shoulder : Paved Shoulder (arcgis.com) (June 2019)
- Miami-Dade County's Open Data Hub : Wide Curb Lane : Wide Curb Lane (arcgis.com) (June 2019)
2045 Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
The Miami-Dade 2045 Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan assesses opportunities amongst the SMART Plan transit hubs and stations to expand the reach of bicycle and pedestrian trip distances to the entire county, with the help of transit connections. This plan’s primary focus is on the daily commuter trip and aims to incentivize projects that safely connect the largest number of people, that need it the most, to the most places, on a daily basis. This plan also looks at other pedestrian and bicycle trip destinations such as educational facilities, major medical centers, high employment areas, and outdoor recreational locations. Realizing these opportunities will help manage the ever-present issue of traffic any metropolitan area deals with and further encourages healthy and sustainable communities within the County. This plan serves as the Bicycle and Pedestrian element of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
- 2045 Miami-Dade Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan, September 2019
- 2045 Miami-Dade Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Executive Summary, September 2019
Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) advises the TPO Governing Board on bicycle and pedestrian-related issues, assists the TPO staff in the development of the comprehensive bicycle transportation plan (part of the Long Range Transportation Plan), and reviews plans and projects for bicycle and pedestrian mobility in the Transportation Improvement Program.
Safe Routes to School
The Miami-Dade TPO and related implementing agencies are committed to providing a safe and secure as well as an efficient transportation system.
The TPO has completed projects for pedestrian safety and bicycle safety which are currently being implemented (See: Bicycle Safety Program Plan, Executive Summary). Upcoming safety projects include development of a traffic crash database system for the Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department, a traffic safety campaign for county high schools, and a pedestrian safety study of the intersection of Biscayne Blvd and NE 163 Street.
Miami-Dade County Public Works has had a program to build Safe Routes to School (SRTS) since the 1970s. With the creation of the federal SRTS funding program, the scope has been expanded to include education in addition to infrastructure.
Federal grants and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding from the TPO now assist the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in providing WalkSafe education. The TPO supports the annual “Walk to School Day” event each October when parents are encouraged to walk with their children, learn about pedestrian safety as well as the conditions children face on their trip to school.
The TPO has also developed SRTS infrastructure plans for high-priority schools (Safe Routes to School Program Executive Summary, September 2005) that will guide the use of federal funding when it becomes available.
More SRTS documents:
- Safe Routes to School 2020 Executive Summary
- Safe Routes to School 2020 Infrastructure Plans
- Safe Routes to School 2020 Infrastructure Application Analysis
- Safe Routes to School 2019 Infrastructure Plans
- Safe Routes to School 2019 Infrastructure Application Analsysis
- Safe Routes to School 2018 Infrastructure Plans
- Safe Routes to School 2018 Infrastructure Application Analysis
- Safe Routes to School 2017 Infrastructure Plans
- Safe Routes to School 2017 Documentation of Operating and Maintenance Issues
- Safe Routes to School 2014 Infrastructure Plans Executive Summary
- Safe Routes to School 2014 Infrastructure Plans Final Report
- Safe Routes to School Plans 2013 Infrastructure Plans Appendices
- Safe Routes to School Plans 2013 Infrastructure Plans Executive Summary
- Safe Routes to School Plans 2013 Infrastructure Plans Report
- Safe Routes to School Plans 2011 Appendices
- Safe Routes to School Plans 2011 Executive Summary
- Safe Routes to School Plans 2011 presentation
- Safe Routes to School Plans 2011 Report
- Safe Routes to School, Districtwide Traffic Operations Studies Two No. 25 Final Report
- Safe Routes to School, Districtwide Traffic Operations Studies Two No. 26 Final Report
- Safe Routes to School Program presentation (Safe Routes for Pilot Schools)
- Safe Routes to School Program Procedure Manual Technical Memorandum No. 3, Final (Safe Routes for Pilot Schools)
- Safe Routes to School Program, Executive Summary (Safe Routes for Pilot Schools)
- Safe Routes to School Program: Safe Routes for Pilot Schools, Final
To reduce the number of pedestrians killed and injured, the Bicycle Pedestrian Program is currently working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make walking safer in neighborhoods that have the largest numbers of crashes. Crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians account for 40% of the traffic fatalities in Miami-Dade County each year.
Safety information for bicyclists is also available for bike rodeos and other safety events hosted by hospitals, police and community groups.
The TPO participates in the Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) Program, an inter-agency team approach to reducing the number of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. The TPO hosts monthly countywide CTST meetings where representatives from traffic engineering, planning and law enforcement come together to coordinate their traffic safety programs.
The School Board CTST is a spin-off of the countywide team and deals only with school traffic issues and coordinates the Safe Routes to School program. Meetings are held at the School Board Administration Building.
Each May is national "Bike Month" and “Bike to Work Week” in the US. The TPO provides information and material to help people turn their commute into a healthful and money-saving alternative to driving.
History of the Program
In the mid-1960s Miami-Dade County established a bikeway system for the first time. In 1986 County Commissioners adopted the Bicycle Comprehensive Plan. With the adoption of the plan, the position of the Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator was also created to be responsible for the development and implementation of the plan. Years later, pedestrian issues were also included to the plan to focus more attention on all non-motorized transportation concerns.
Would you like to join the BPAC or have questions? Email Kevin Walford or call 305-375-2642.
Bike/Ped Program Resources
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update, 4/2009
- Bicycle Parking Ordinance
- Complete Streets
- Evaluation of the Miami-Dade Pedestrian Safety Demonstration Project, June 2008
- Florida Bicycle Law Enforcement Guide (2019 Statutes Edition)
- Florida Pedestrian Law Enforcement Guide (2019 Statutes Edition)
- Miami-Dade 2045 Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan
- Miami-Dade 2045 Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Executive Summary
- Miami-Dade 2040 Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan
- Miami-Dade 2040 Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan Newsletter #1, November 2013
- Miami-Dade County Traffic Crash Data 2000-2014
- Pedestrian and Bicyclist Injuries and Fatalities 1990-2008
- Teen Driver Safety Week poster, October 2009
See also: Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Bicycle Safety: What Every Parent Should Know
- Buying a Bicycle
- City Cycling
- Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet
- Find the Twelve Hazards
- How to Fit & Wear Your Bicycle Helmet
- How to Ride at Night
- How to "Talk" to People in Cars
- "Just Where Do I Belong?"
- Kids and Bicycle Safety
- Prevent Bicycle Crashes: Parents and Caregivers
- Road Riders Are Drivers
- South Dade Greenway Network Everglades Trail
- South Dade Greenway Network Southern Glades Trail
- What You Need to Know About Group Riding
- Consejos y Pasos Para el Uso Debido del Casco Para Montar Bicicleta
- Como Ajustar y Usar un Casco Para Ciclistas
- Los Niños y Su Seguridad al Montar en Bicicleta
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