NO MORE “HIGHWAY8”
we want a 2-way pedestrian friendly street
with better transportation options
The Petition (we need 1008)
This petition will be sent to:
- Representative from Florida,
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
- Florida State Senator,
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
- State Representative,
Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez
- State Transportation Secretary,
Secretary Jim Boxold
“HIGHWAY OCHO” or “MY CALLE 8”
For half a century, Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) has served as an eastbound speedway for commuters, along with the equally dangerous one-way, three-lane, westbound SW 7thStreet.
Originally a 2-way typical American main street, Calle 8 between SW 27 & Brickell avenues was transformed in the late 60s into the unsafe “Highway Ocho” we know today.
With FDOT studying the corridor this year, the time is right to convert Calle 8 back into the quaint main commercial core of Little Havana. This will reverse 50 years of highway conditions that have disenfranchised neighborhoods and caused commercial blight.
A broad base of stakeholders has united to urge elected officials, government agencies — and the transportation engineers that serve them – to be innovative. We challenge them to create a 21st century Calle Ocho with comfortable wide sidewalks, additional safe crosswalks and dedicated bike and transit lanes — in a vibrant urban setting.
Simply stated, when FDOT’s study is completed by mid-2018, we want MYCALLE8.
Secretary Gus Pego, Florida Department of Transportation, District 6
I want a better future for Little Havana’s Main Street.
I don’t want 3 lanes of one-way, dangerous traffic on SW 8th & SW 7th streets.
I want FDOT’s pending study of the area to restore 2-way traffic and create complete streets with:
- Wider sidewalks, and the retention of all on-street parking.
- Calmed traffic and safer pedestrian crosswalks.
- Enhanced public transit, transit stops and bicycle lanes.
- Equal priority for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and commuters.
Little Havana is one of the most important cultural destinations in South Florida. I urge you to rebuild the Calle 8 corridor for people, not just cars.
Through a letter of support addressed to the FDOT, Dade Heritage Trust (DHT), Miami-Dade’s leading historic preservation organization appealed for the return to the original 2-way historic layout of Calle8 in support of its designation by the State of Florida as a historic roadway, and its relation to the City of Miami’s designated portion of little Havana as a local historic resource. [LETTER]
Hundreds of people attending Viernes Culturales on Feb. 26 stopped by the MyCalle8 booth to review visions of a safer, more walkable Calle Ocho Corridor. Many signed the petition urging FDOT to design for people, not just vehicle capacity. Thanks to Pati Vargas, Director of Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, Inc., for supporting our effort and committing to grow our advocacy by reaching out in the Little Havana community with more petitions for signatures. Thanks also to Carlos Fausto Miranda for helping to spread the vision of MyCalle8.org
Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, who served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, wrote a letter strongly urging FDOT to redesign the Calle Ocho corridor as a Complete Street. The former IOP Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard wrote that complete streets promote clean air, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote safe, convenient alternatives to driving. Diaz spearheaded Miami 21, the first citywide Form-Based Code adopted by a major city, and led the City of Miami to adopting a Complete Streets program in 2009. [letter]
Stakeholders and volunteers will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. Friday February 26 to gather support for a MyCalle8. During the Viernes Culturales/Cultural Friday’s event in the heart of Little Havana, we will have a booth on Calle8 at 15th Avenue – in Domino Plaza. The growing complete streets advocacy to tame dangerous Highway Ocho will be gathering petition signatures and building a stronger coalition to empower FDOT to design for humans as well as cars.
City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez (District 4) urges FDOT to apply the concept of Complete Streets to Calle 8 and requests the connection of Little Havana’s businesses with residents and visitors in an enjoyable environment , while significantly improving the quality of life for all who frequent the area. [LETTER]
Commissioner Suarez urges Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to strongly consider complete streets for Miami’s Calle Ocho corridor when the PD&E study of SW 8th and SW 7th streets between SW 27 and Brickell Avenues commences early this year. [LETTER]
My Calle 8 launches an online petition to give the community a voice in the lengthy PD&E process. Petition signatures will be sent directly to FDOT District 6 Secretary Gus Pego, Miami Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez, State Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and FDOT state secretary Jim Boxold.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who budget $1 million for Calle Ocho streetscape and sidewalk improvements, writes letter to FDOT state Secretary Jim Boxold – urging a redesign of Calle 8 as a complete street with calmed traffic and a better pedestrian environment. [LETTER]