It would takes months – not years – to make Miami competitive against cities around the world that are promoting cycling as an urban alternative to car-related transportation solutions. That was the takeaway of the “How to Copenhagenize Miami” panel held at The Idea Center earlier this spring. The well-attended event attracted about 100 people who joined in the conversation with panelists Mikael Colville-Anderson, CEO and founder of Copenhagenize Design Co., which is working with San Francisco, Detroit, Paris and other cities to expand and improve cycling in urban settings. The panel also included Aileen Boucle, executive director for the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization; James Wolfe, District Six secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation; Matt Haggman, Miami program director for the Knight Foundation, and Bernard Zyscovich, managing principal of Zyscovich Architects, who presented his Plan Z that transforms Rickenbacker Causeway into a safer, more efficient track for bicycles and joggers. The event, with sponsorship from the Knight Foundation, also encouraged people to get more involved at public forums. The expert panelists emphasized that if Miami has any hopes of developing cycling as a transportation means rather than merely a recreational past time, it will need the public to voice its support of the initiative.
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