Rickenbacker Causeway Bike Lanes Improved

New humps designed to get driver's attention if car veers into bike lane

By Julia Bagg
|  Wednesday, May 30, 2012  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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Xavier Carville hopes things will be different on the Rickenbacker Causeway after Wednesday.Carville is a professional cyclist training for a competition in Stuart. He spends six to seven hours a day riding the causeway. Project contractor, Jackie Bermudez, talks about improvements to the bike lanes.

Xavier Carville hopes things will be different on the Rickenbacker Causeway after Wednesday.Carville is a professional cyclist training for a competition in Stuart. He spends six to seven hours a day riding the causeway. Project contractor, Jackie Bermudez, talks about improvements to the bike lanes.

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Cyclist in Rickenbacker Hit and Run Dies, Driver Arrested

Aaron Cohen, 36, who was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital following the Wednesday morning crash, died of his injuries Thursday, officials said. Miami Police say 25-year-old Michele Traverso turned himself in late Wednesday night with his attorney after officers found his badly damaged car. In bond court Thursday afternoon, the driving with a suspended license charge was dismissed, but Traverso was ordered held overnight on a separate marijuana possession charge. His bond was set at $10,000 for the leaving the scene of an accident charge and he will appear in court Friday to face the drug possession charge. “My client feels horrible about what happened,” said Traverso’s attorney, Ramon de la Cabada.

Cyclist in Rickenbacker Hit and Run Dies, Driver Arrested

Aaron Cohen, 36, who was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital following the Wednesday morning crash, died of his injuries Thursday, officials said. Miami Police say 25-year-old Michele Traverso turned himself in late Wednesday night with his attorney after officers found his badly damaged car. In bond court Thursday afternoon, the driving with a suspended license charge was dismissed, but Traverso was ordered held overnight on a separate marijuana possession charge. His bond was set at $10,000 for the leaving the scene of an accident charge and he will appear in court Friday to face the drug possession charge. “My client feels horrible about what happened,” said Traverso’s attorney, Ramon de la Cabada.
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Xavier Carville hopes things will be different on the Rickenbacker Causeway after Wednesday.

Carville is a professional cyclist training for a competition in Stuart. He spends six to seven hours a day riding the causeway.

"It's very dangerous," he said, recalling the death of 37-year-old cyclist Aaron Cohen in February. Cohen died from injuries after police say a driver hit him and took off.

Now, six-inch-wide white humps designed to get a driver's attention if a car veers into the lane reserved for cyclists have been installed.

"A lot of people are gonna start noticing it," said Carville, pointing at the bumps.

That's the idea, says project contractor Jackie Bermudez. They're audible for drivers. "They'll hear so they won't get into the bicycle lanes," she said.

Bermudez says the thermoplastic material will also reflect day and night over a 17,000 foot-stretch of bridges between Crandon Park and the mainland.

"I'm hoping that this prevents anybody getting killed in the future," said Bermudez.

 

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