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Can We Pedestrianize Duval and Still Allow Vehicles?

Back in April we shared an article Reimagining Key West – 3 Quick Wins for Revitalizing Duval Street that suggested to get a start on pedestrianizing Duval Street, now during the Coronavirus slowdown, we could install parklets, put in more bike parking and “Slow the Cars Down and Let People Take the Street.” We’ve expanded on […]

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Is Staples Bike Bridge Safe?

Is the Staples Avenue Bike Bridge safe? May 27, 2020. NOTE: As a result of the story and follow-up the City Engineer is going to have this checked out. We’ll let you know what the City finds. A local kayaker asks this question while sending us these pictures of rotting metal on the bridge. We […]

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Shhhhh… Key West Transit Has Quietly Changed Their Routes

Why this information is so hard to come by, we don’t know. But Key West Transit has ditched the old, meandering, hard to understand Red, Orange, Blue and Green Routes (Yay!) and replaced them with two simplified North and South routes that intersect with the “Free and Frequent” Duval Loop. While the routes are simpler […]

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Key West, Let’s Radically Speed Up the Implementation of Our Bike/Ped Plan

More People Are Bicycling at the Moment If you’ve been on a bike during the last two months you know how easy and safe it is to get around our beautiful little island without all those cars clogging things up. Bike shops report upticks in new bike purchases and people coming in for repairs. To […]

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The City Raised Bus Fares. Time to Tackle Parking

In instituting a new fare for visitors using the “Free and Frequent” Duval Loop bus service, the Mayor said “We’re in some very strange and unusual times right now. We’re going to have to make some unprecedented decisions.” Taking her and her fellow Commissioners at their word, we ask them then, to turn their attention […]

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City of Key West – Let Our Restaurants Take the Streets!

With indoor seating for restaurants limited to 25% of capacity, it is time to let our struggling local restaurants take to the sidewalks and streets for customer seating. A 50 seat restaurant is now limited to 13 seats indoors. Who can survive on that? We have a huge public asset in the form of streets […]

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COMMISSION: NO MORE FREE RIDE FOR YOU

Tuesday, May 5, 2020; 7:30 pm With only Commissioners Kaufman and Weekley voting NO, the Key West City Commission voted 5-2 on Tuesday night to impose a $1.00 boarding fee for visitors using the City’s Duval Loop. While not in the published reports, Commissioners had been swayed by the City Manager and Transit Director (IMHO […]

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Keep Duval Loop FREE For Visitors

People have until Monday afternoon, May 4, to voice their opinion on Item #7 using the City’s eComment here:  https://bit.ly/2VQmasT Launched in August of 2017, the Duval Loop quickly became a favorite of visitors and all the lodging, attractions, restaurant and retail businesses in our downtown. The service is successful because it is FREE, FREQUENT […]

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20 Parklets on Duval in 2020

This is a more in-depth follow up to our article “3 Quick Wins for Revitalizing Duval Street” where we advocated for quickly putting in parklets, bike parking and letting people take the street as a way to pedestrianize Duval, even if closing it off to cars completely or rebuilding it won’t happen right away. Wouldn’t […]

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Reimagining Key West – 3 Quick Wins for Revitalizing Duval Street

Please check out our follow-up article “City of Key West – Let Our Restaurants Take Our Streets!” May 6, 2020. With lots of good people thinking about Reimagining Key West in a post Coronavirus world, there have been several popular calls for pedestrianizing Duval Street, especially the portion between Front Street and Truman Avenue or […]

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