There are certainly more creative approaches to provide a long-term solution to the parking problem faced not only by the fans, but also by the stadium’s neighbors (also in a low-income bracket) who will have to live with it. Like a permanent bike/ped route from the rail station to the stadium. It cannot possibly be that much harder to get legitimate funding to install a one mile-long bike lane with proper signage, and optimized timing of traffic signals. Right? After all, most bike lanes installed by the county are only about a mile or two long.I think folks are living in a pipe dream if they think the city, the Marlins or anyone else is going to start building dedicated paths for pedestrians and bikes through the City of Miami. This isn't Boulder or Portland or Eugene. This is South Florida where cars are king and everything else revolves around that fact.
Implementing a bike-share program, even on an experimental basis, would help promote healthier ways to get around. It would reduce pollution and traffic congestion, and preserve some of the livability the neighborhood has had since the demise of the Orange Bowl. How about offering some sort of discount or incentive to fans using bikes to get to the games? The possibilities are endless.
But if you plan on biking to the new stadium then good for you. Just make sure your deodorant is fresh and your will is complete and advise a loved one where you're heading. And for Pete's sake, carry ID of some kind.
- photo via the San Francisco Chronicle