These are the ramps to allow wheelchairs (and bicycles) easy access: And Discount Auto gets a whole new lot as they allowed the city to park construction vehicles on their lot during the months and months of work.Flagler Avenue is one of three main arteries into and out of Key West. It is less utilitarian (and slower) than North Roosevelt and less pretty (and faster) than South Roosevelt (which has no traffic lights). It gives access to New Town as it runs right down the middle and it will land up at Casa Marina, Flagler's old palatial hotel, or the southern end of Duval Street. Lots of people depend on Flagler Avenue.So instead of being glad that the stretch between First Street and White Street is now smooth and clearly marked we've heard from people who say it is not bicycle friendly. In Florida it is legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk yielding to pedestrians. Others say the cut outs are confusing and one is liable to hit them. The opposing voices say they are only a problem if driving drunk, a sentiment with which I tend to agree.
Others argue that some parking spaces have been lost as now there is only parking on the outbound (south) side of the street. True enough but fortunately there are lots of side streets. Another solution might have been to take the houses on one side of the street and continue Flagler as a four lane street though I would argue that might have been excessive, and expensive. But some people want everything. I think the finished result looks good. Here is Flagler graded into the Conch Train Roundhouse parking lot:
Nope, I see nothing but good that came from this intervention by Big Government. As you can tell, in the midst of a Depression we are pretty bored here in Key West with nothing worse to argue over than the shape of a sidewalk cut out.
I also have a wordy essay posted here: