The MacArthur Causeway is the most iconic connection between Miami and Miami Beach, but the 3.5-mile crossing over the Biscayne Bay doesn’t have such a great reputation among South Florida cyclists. Yes, it has bike lanes on either side, but they aren’t protected by any physical barriers, leaving riders on either side exposed to three adjacent lanes of often-heavy traffic. Add multiple entry and exit lanes that interrupt the bike rights-of-way, and traversing the causeway can make for a pretty hairy ride.
In response, some riders are forced to get creative. One in particular chose to literally rise above the mess. Check it out the photo above, which we first found on Reddit. In a super gutsy move, the cyclist—decked out in a full kit and helmet—got up on the median and made at least part of the journey into Miami Beach atop the narrow strip of concrete between opposing lanes of traffic. Bike lanes? Where we’re going, we don’t need bike lanes.
It’s a shocking, unexpected, and pretty hilarious image. But it also speaks to a real need for adequate cycling infrastructure, especially when it comes to connections between major urban centers (like, say, downtown Miami and South Beach). This wasn’t the first time a frustrated cyclist resorted to a bizarre move to claim some safe space on a busy crossing. Take the guy who used a car horn to clear people out of the Brooklyn Bridge bike path, or the sonorous rider on the same path who sang his way to personal space.
Bicycling doesn’t recommend you try this sort of thing at home. But given the conditions on the ground, can you really blame the cyclist in the photo for trying another way?
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