Friends of the M-Path
The M-Path is a paved multi-use trail in urban Miami-Dade County, which was opened in 1983 and is part of the Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) system. The trail follows an MDT right-of-way under the elevated Metrorail guideway.
The M-Path is one of Florida’s oldest rail trails, built atop a portion of the fabled Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) and crosses more than two-dozen railroad crossings. The M-Path generally follows US 1 (South Dixie Highway) and connects eight Metrorail stations. A one-mile trail extension was completed in 2012 to connect to the South Dade Trail that runs along the South Miami-Dade Busway to Florida City. The 30-mile long South Dade Trail/M-Path system will be one of the longest non-motorized trail facilities in Florida. It will also be a key component of the larger East Coast Greenway trail extending from Key West to Canada (http://www.miamidade.gov/mpo/docs/MPO_mpath_master_final_200707.pdf).
Urban Health Partnership’s role in facilitating the creation of a “friends group” for the M-Path will raise awareness and use of the M-Path, and promote trails and physical activity in general. This “friends group” is made possible by the Rails to Trails Conservancy. The goal of the development of an M-Path Friends Group is to ultimately build a social structure that could lead to greater public and private support, programmed and informal activities, and additional capital improvements. Phase 1 (October 2012 to September 2013) of the project would focus on the existing ten mile trail from SW 1st Ave & Miami River (Downtown Miami) and US 1 at Datran Blvd (Kendall).
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Join us for our May is for M-Path Happy Hour!
Location: Titanic Restaurant and Brewery, 5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Ride your bike or walk to Titanic Brewery and get drink specials and free snacks! Bike valet will be provided. See our flyer here and click here to RSVP: http://urbanhp.wufoo.com/forms/may-is-for-mpath-happy-hour-rsvp/
Bike to Work Day on the M-Path / Friends of the M-Path Kickoff
Around the M-Path
Project Lead, Patrice Gillespie Smith, MCRP MPPM
As the project lead for this Friends of M-Path, Patrice will lead this pilot program and community outreach to raise awareness and use of the M-Path, and promote trails and physical activity in general. She will lead the development of a kick-off event and other activities for Friends of M-Path.
Project Coordinator, Lauren Bello, MPH
As a project assistant, Lauren’s previous experience applying social media and community outreach to public health topics will serve as a basis for her outreach involvement in the Friends of the M-Path Initiative.
Project Assistant, Anamarie Garces, MPH
As the Executive Director of Urban Health Partnerships, Anamarie contributes to the project by providing expertise and leadership helping to reach out to community stakeholders to build awareness of the Friends of M-Path group.
Project Assistant, Isabel Rovira, MPH
Isabel’s previous experience with developing social media campaigns and branding will help in ensuring that the Friends of M-Path group is recognized throughout Miami Dade County and that interested individuals have access to the most up to date information on the M-Path.