Who We Are
At the intersection of architecture and public health is Plan Z for Miami, a not-for-profit organization founded with the purpose of restoring safety and vitality to South Florida’s most preferred waterfront destination spot for exercise and recreation: Rickenbacker Causeway.
Plan Z for Miami seeks to transform this outdated, dangerous, single-use infrastructure into a world class, multi-modal recreational asset that promotes physical activity, health and well-being within a natural and safe environment. The concept for PLAN Z FOR MIAMI was generated in response to the recurring deaths of cyclists on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami-Dade County.
PLAN Z’s goal is to help minimize cycling risks while providing uninhibited access to clean air and exercise in a safe, scenic environment. Our vision for the future includes a bridge replacement and site modifications which will guard against rising sea levels.
What We Do
Although Miami-Dade county’s Rickenbacker Causeway is one of the most popular bicycling routes in America, no physical division between cars and bikes exists. This lack of separation along with excessive speeding and drunk driving has contributed to four fatalities since 2006 making this the most dangerous transportation and recreational corridor in the state of Florida for cyclists.
Architect and urban planner Bernard Zyscovich, FAIA, an ardent lifelong cyclist himself, is determined to find a way to make the existing Rickenbacker Causeway safe for joggers, strollers, walkers, and cyclists. The newly formed Rickenbacker Park will enable Miami’s urban dwellers to gain a refuge where they can “get out of town” without having to leave the city.
By reimagining Rickenbacker Causeway into Rickenbacker Parkway, a safe, lively, multi-purpose urban park with twenty acres of new waterfront space will be created allowing a future bridge replacement and protecting the park from rising sea levels.
Founders of PLAN Z for Miami
Bernard Zyscovich, FAIA
Ana C. Benatuil, LEED-AP, BD+C
Victor Dover, FAICP, LEED-AP CNU
Henry Hernandez, Esq.
Maribel Reyes (in honor of Walter Reyes)
Ralph Rosado, Ph.D.
Elijah Stiers, Esq.
Special Thanks to Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO and Founder of Copenhagenize Design Co.
Running and Cycling Community Ambassadors of PLAN Z
Meg Daly (The Underline)
Victor Dover, FAICP, LEED-AP-CNU (Wheels & Ludlam Trail)
Andrea England (Pink Siren Sports)
Laura Erickson (The Underline Cycling Club)
Tony Garcia (Ludlam Trail)
Sue Kawalerski (Everglades Bicycle Club)
Frankie Ruiz (Miami Run Club)
Colombe De Las Tours
Katiuska Del Rio
Public and Community Supporters
AIA Miami Chapter
APA Florida Gold Coast Section
City of Miami
Everglades Bicycle Club
Friends of Ludlam Trail
Friends of The Underline
Greater Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce, Transportation Committee
Green Mobility Network
Miami Dade County MPO BPAC
Miami Dade County MPO TARC
Miami Dade County, Office of the Mayor
Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
Neat Streets Miami
Street Plans Collaborative