The Administration recommends that the Mayor and City Commission accept the recommendation of the Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee to approve the concepts proposed for Alton Road between 43 Street and Michigan Avenue.
The adopted 2016 Miami Beach Transportation Master Plan was built on a mode share goal and modal prioritization strategy, which places pedestrians first; transit, bicycles, and freight second; and private automobiles third.
As a Priority 1 project, the Miami Beach Transportation Master Plan recommended an analysis and implementation of separated or protected bicycle facilities adjacent to the Miami Beach Golf Club in Middle Beach from N. Michigan Avenue to Chase Avenue. Shared-use paths serve both pedestrians and bicycles and are commonly found along parks and golf courses, separated from the adjacent roadway.
The Alton Road Bicycle Alternatives Analysis and Implementation Study evaluated the Alton Road corridor comprehensively from 63 Street to Michigan Avenue and recommended improvements to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity. Attachment 1 depicts a map of the study area.
Key community outreach meeting dates and interagency coordination included:
May 12, 2017 – Notice to Proceed
August 7, 2017 – Public Meeting #1
- Key comments: General public support
September 19, 2018 – Meeting with Parks and Recreation and Miami Beach Golf Club
September 26, 2018 – Field Review
October 16, 2018 – Public Meeting #2 (Combined w/ Chase Avenue and 34 Street Shared-Use Path)
- Key comments: minimize hardscape, buffer homes and recreational users from golf balls, keep the view of the golf course
December 10, 2018 – Transportation, Parking, and Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee supported the project.
December 18, 2018 – Public Meeting #3 (Combined w/ Chase Avenue and 34 Street Shared-Use Path)
- Key comments: the Alton Road Shared Use Path concept was supported, and additional time was needed for Chase Avenue and 34 Street.
February 19, 2019 – Public Meeting #4 (Combined w/ Chase Avenue and 34 Street Shared-Use Path)
- Key comments: support was reiterated for the Alton Road Shared Use Path and its continuation north to the intersection of 43 Street and Alton Road, and a preferred alternative was chosen for the Chase Avenue and 34 Street Shared Use Path.
March 13, 2019 - City Commission referral to NCAC.
The proposed concepts were also vetted extensively with internal city departments, Miami Beach stakeholders, Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
The City Commission has previously approved, in concept, the future North Bay Road Neighborhood Greenway to serve as the alternate north-south bicycle connection between Alton Road from 43 Street to 63 Street. In addition, the proposed Biscayne Waterway Bridge and Surprise Waterway Bridge cross sections were approved by the City Commission on March 13, 2019 via Resolution No. 2019-30744 to provide the necessary connections for the North Bay Road Neighborhood Greenway. The typical sections provide for bicycle lanes on the bridges. The costs for these bridge facilities are anticipated to be part of the future FDOT Alton Road project. In addition, the Transportation Department is evaluating the potential for improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the future as part of the planned FDOT Alton Road project, pending the resolution of the preferred Alton Road typical section comprehensively addressing street elevation, tree preservation, and mobility.
The Alton Road section from Michigan Avenue north to 43 Street is the subject of this agenda item.