Thursday, November 1, 2012


How about Miami Beach's elderly,  small children, and small animals...There is a gym on 71s Street, near Collins Avenue, called CrossFit A1A which uses the sidewalks as its private race track. Part of the training, I suppose, is racing around the block once.

This is another accident waiting to happen. These people run, sometimes carrying weights, with no regard whatsoever for the people who are walking on the street. At the corner of Harding and Seventy First, they race very close to the wall when making the turn (see the picture below, taken from their own site!), and I have nearly been hit a few times. Some of these dudes are huge, and getting hit by one of them at full speed, carrying weight, is similar to being run over by a small truck!

Additional trouble is, there is a store at that corner, and I can surely envision another elderly lady carrying groceries being stampeded by people who care much for their bodies, little for anything (or anybody) else.

The restaurants at Collins Avenue, which, by the way, pay an arm and a leg for rental, must also love the sweaty, high speed people almost crashing into their patrons.

I could understand if this were a neighborhood without parks, or proper venues to practice sport. But the fact is, one short block away from the gym, there is a wonderfully wide  promenade built for running, which could be used by these folks without endangering the lives of old folks, small children or just regular adults.

Will anything be done? I don't think so. I have written the gym about, got a nice reply, that said the issue would be discussed during a meeting. The problem stopped for a few days, now it seems to have blossomed. I wonder who will be responsible for an accident, if it happens on the sidewalk.


Incidentally, the same gym parks a car, with plentiful of identification that parks for hours on end, in an area clearly marked "Unloading area - Tow away zone". Guess what" It never gets towed, and never gets a ticket. The gym has been written about it, same spiel, nice reply, stopped for a while, and the car can be found parked there illegally, for hours. 

Strange things happen in Miami Beach.

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