Miami Beach to place anti-terrorism barriers at each end of Lincoln Road

The most recent of Europe’s vehicle-into-crowd attacks will alter the look of South Beach’s Lincoln Road — concrete barriers will frame the internationally known shopping and socializing promenade.

Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine announced in an e-mail to residents that “temporary concrete barriers will be placed along the curb line on the Alton Road and Washington Avenue entrances to the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall. The barriers will be temporary, until a more permanent and aesthetically pleasing option can be implemented as part of the eventual redesign of Lincoln Road.”

Levine said last week’s Barcelona attack by a van killing 13 and injuring over 100 by barreling down a walkway prompted a reexamination of how vulnerable Miami Beach’s pedestrian-heavy areas would be to such an attack.

Three such attacks struck London this year. Four people died in March when an SUV rumbled into a pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. Four men launched a stabbing assault in June by driving onto London Bridge’s sidewalk. Later in June, a man drove into people leaving a mosque.