Protesters take to downtown Miami streets, demand that they be made safer

Protesters greeted the 500 politicians, transportation experts, urban planners, civil engineers and public transit officials attending the Safe Streets Summit with pleas for what the annual conference has been promising for six years: safer streets.

The demonstration was staged Monday at a busy downtown Miami crosswalk on Biscayne Boulevard outside the Intercontinental Hotel, where summit participants gathered to listen to panels on “Daring to Walk,” “Building Ridership,” “We Planned This City on Walk and Roll,” “Making Political Champions for Complete Streets” and “Beyond Traffic: The Emergence of a Connected City.”

Yet the location for the day-long discussion of better mobility options in traffic-choked cities was at an intersection with one of the most dangerous roads in Miami and in a metropolis that is consistently listed at or near the bottom in national rankings of pedestrian and cyclist safety, smart street design and adequate mass transit.