Four years ago, Christophe Le Canne, a South Miami family man, was riding his blue Cannondale in the bike lane on the Rickenbacker Causeway when he was struck by a Silver Volkswagen and killed as the driver, Carlos Bertonatti, drove away dragging his bike. But without better safety measures in place, the deaths on the Rickenbacker have continued, to the outrage of local cycling groups. "As many of you know, we have been advocating for safer cycling condition[s] on the Rickenbacker Causeway for the better part of half a decade and the County has done virtually nothing to make it safer," Felipe Azenha wrote in January on transitmiami.com.
Cyclists will have to keep waiting for dedicated bike lanes and lower speed limits, but police tonight are at least discouraging future Bertonattis from taking the road. A DUI checkpoint will be held on the causeway, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., just before the William Powell Bridge.
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"Numerous requests from the public have been made requesting the police agencies to take enforcement on the causeway before more serious injuries and deaths occur," Miami police wrote in a press release.