How bad is Miami for pedestrians and bike riders? In 2014, Miami-Dade County had the highest rate of bike crash fatalities of any county in the state. Florida itself has the highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the nation, according to a 2015 CDC report. A 2014 study by Smart Growth America found us to be fourth in the nation in pedestrian fatalities. Basically, we are leading the charge at being terrible for anyone who dares to commute via anything besides a motorized vehicle.
The Underline Linear Park is one of the many creative solutions to Miami’s inability to make peace between cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. The proposed 10-mile biking and walking path along the route of the Metrorail from Dadeland Station South up to the Miami River, which is currently in the works, aims to offer a safer space for cyclists and pedestrians alike all the while providing space for public art, mini parks, lounges and other cool spots along the route to make the route into an attraction.
The Friends of the Underline organization, which consists of young professionals dedicated to seeing the vision become reality, is hosting an activation this Saturday called The UnderLounge at the Brickell Metrorail Station to get the community involved and spread the word about how this project could revitalize a currently underutilized – and expansive – public space.
On the agenda for the day are live musical performances by funk band The Magic City Hippies and DJ sets by DJ Blaze throughout plus a line up of other local bands. An itinerary of family-friendly activities is also planned including the world’s longest mini-golf hole, a huge interactive chalk art mandala, face painting, caricature artist, face painting, balloon animals, caricature artist, arts and crafts and story telling.
The event is pet-ready and will feature a pop-up dog park, pet costume contest, doggie jacuzzi, dog café plus furry friends available for adoption.
The fitness section will have yoga, a bootcamp class and three-point and free-throw contests.
There will be so much happening at the UnderLounge that you probably won’t get to do much actual lounging.
Friends of the Underline President Meg Daly hopes to get the community excited about the project. “Fun events like The UnderLounge show the community just how fantastic The Underline will be. If they like it now they will love it when we build it!”