Friday, February 27, 2015

Bike Night at the Coral Gables Museum

Friday, March 6th

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Join us Friday, March 6th at the Coral Gables Museum for the public openings of 2 exhibits that focus on local bicycle culture - ARTcycle, now in its third year, features fresh work from 30 local artists while The Underline: Make It Yours tells the story of a very important civic project to enhance the M-Path along US1 from downtown Miami to Dadeland.

Enjoy free admission, a cash bar, bike gear raffles, ARTcycle Spin Off awards announcement, and live music by The Brass King.

Ride to the museum! There will be complimentary bike valet courtesy of No Boundaries.

RSVP on Facebook

The Storyteller by Cristina de Guillot

The Underline: Make it Yours

The Underline: Make It Yours, exhibit explains the vision and progress behind the local movement to redevelop and enhance the M-Path.

Friends of The Underline want to transform 10 miles of underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail, from the Miami River just north of Brickell Station to Dadeland South Station, into an iconic linear park and world-class urban trail. The Underline will connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create hundreds of acres of new green space with restored natural habitats, encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide an easily accessible place to exercise, create a mobility corridor that integrates transit, car, biking and walking, attract development along US1, and generate significant economic impact.

This exhibit asks: What do you want The Underline to look like?

Your input will be critical to the master planning taking place from March-June 2015. And, with your help, we can all share in the vision of this legacy project that will transform Miami into a more walkable, bikeable and sustainable city now and into the future.


ARTcycle 2015: Cyclists Matter

ARTcycle is an exhibit of contemporary art, both local and international, that reflects the cycling issues of today. The ARTcycle 2015 theme is "cyclists matter," and the exhibit aims to bring a clear public message that bicycling culture is important to Greater Miami. People cycle for transportation, exercise and leisure activity; and cycling yields many community benefits such as less pollution, less traffic congestion, a stronger sense of community, safer streets, improved accessibility, and economic gains. It is important for cyclists and motorists to be aware of the traffic laws in order for cars and bikes to safely share the road. ARTcycle aims to promote Awareness, Respect and Tolerance of bicyclists to motorists who are not accustomed to or educated in how to share the road with cyclists. The Coral Gables Museum seeks to ensure that the viewer leaves the exhibition understanding that cycling contributes positively to communities and should be embraced as a key component of positive urban development.

This year's featured artists are: H. Allen Benowitz, Martin Casuso, Mariano Costa Peuser, Clara Echavarria, Axel Font, Tessie Globe, Danilo Gonzalez, Cristina De Guillot, Lauv Grosso, Holly A. Jones, Maria Carolina Keener, Rudolf Kohn, Teje La Araña, Beju Lejobart, Carolina Molina, Janet Mueller, Anabel Peicher, Maria Esther Quintana, Edgar Ramos, Gioconda Rojas, Raquel Rub, Benjamin Saint Maxent & Adrien Blanc, Alejandra Salazar, Cesar Santaló, Aida Tejada, Jasna Tomasevic, Antonio Ugarte, Arlette Varon, Lucy Varon, and Barbara de Vries.

In addition to ARTcycle and “The Underline: Make It Yours,” The Museum is presenting several bike-related activities from February to May. These include different bike tours, such as a February 15 bike tour of “artbikes,” a new public art installation that will be placed throughout Coral Gables from February to May; the popular Bike and BBQ event, where cyclists bike from the Museum to Matheson Hammock Park for a fun barbecue with fellow riders on March 15; and a special bike tour of Coral Gables with artist Federico Carosio on April 19.

From March 23-27, 2015, the Museum will host “I Bike Coral Gables!” Spring Camp for children ages 5-12. They can bring, decorate and ride their bikes (or scooters) all week long at the Museum. Activities include bike safety and repair lessons, bike-themed exhibit tours, artist talks, bike relay races on the Museum Plaza and field trips to local parks where they can spring into action on their self-propelled vehicles.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Miami Critical Mass : Friday, February 27th

Friday, February 27th
6:30pm (ride starts at 7:15pm)

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami

The ride will be going through Riverside, West Flagler, Coral Gables, Coral Way, Shenandoah, Little Havana, Overtown, OMNI, Park West, and Downtown. Total distance is approximately 13 miles. It's strongly suggested that you print a copy of the map or save it on your phone in case you are tardy or get lost.

All eyes appear to be on Miami Critical Mass and it’s time for participants to prove the opposition wrong. Everyone riding is solely responsible for their actions and should lead by example. If you see someone riding or behaving irresponsibly, then let them know it’s not acceptable. If you’re partaking in the ride, then it’s your duty to positively influence others. Ride safely and be courteous to everyone in the community, if you can’t do this then quite simply you are not welcomed. There’s no room for hostile, drunk, moronic individuals. There are a lot of great people on these rides, enjoying their city by bicycle for 1-2 hours on the last Friday of every month, and it’s rather unfortunate that a few bad apples can ruin this special occurrence for everyone else. To frustrated motorists, borrow a bicycle and try joining the ride sometime with some friends. You never know, you just may experience one of the most fun, free, and healthy social gatherings South Florida has to offer.

Bicycle Rules & Safety Tips
  • Stay in the right lane, and do not ride across middle line on the road into opposite travel lane
  • Yield to emergency vehicles.
  • No Headphones! While riding a bicycle it is illegal to wear a headset, headphone or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.
  • Safety Lights: Front & rear lights are required by law in the State of Florida. 
  • Kids under 16 years of age must wear helmets.
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk.
  • Passing: A passing cyclist is responsible for the safety of the cyclist that is being passed. When passing ring a bell and/or say "on your left".
  • Yield to pedestrians and buses.
  • No drinking of alcohol or illegal activity during ride.
  • Do not filter forward past stopped cars at a red light.
  • Skateboarders, inline skaters and recumbent bikes are welcomed, exercise caution.
  • Do not litter or vandalize any property.
  • Stopping: If you must stop to check your bike, phone, gear etc please move over to the sidewalk when it's clear. Do not stop abruptly in the middle of the street with the mass behind you. You will more than likely cause a cyclist to hit you and/or swerve and hit someone else.
  • Always perform an "ABC Quick" Bike Check to ensure that your bike is in safe working order.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Public Bike Repair Station : Wynwood

A brand new public bike repair station w/ tools & air pump was just installed outside Panther Coffee in Wynwood  (NW 2nd Ave & 24th St).

It's great to see the project come to realization, earlier last year Malone Matson submitted her idea to the Miami Foundation - Public Space Challenge and was declared a winner. Last October the first of three public bike repair stations was installed in South Miami.

The second of the three Dero Fixit public bike repair stations will ideally be utilized by bicycle commuters needing quick repairs in the Wynwood, Overtown, and Edgewater areas. One more repair station is tentatively scheduled to be installed at an unconfirmed location in Coconut Grove.

Tools included:

"The Dero Fixit includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments."

Monday, February 16, 2015

4th Annual Gables Bike Day

Sunday, March 1st
11am - 3pm

A Day Dedicated to Celebrating & Promoting Bike Safety in Coral Gables

"Bike Walk Coral Gables will be hosting their 4th Annual Gables Bike Day on Sunday March 1, 2015 from 11AM-3PM in Merrick Park across from the historic Coral Gables City Hall at 405 Biltmore Way Coral Gables, FL 33134. Biltmore Way from LeJeune to Segovia St. will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Bike Walk Coral Gables invites all cyclists, skaters, parents and children to this event for a day in promoting health, physical activity and bike safety in the community including guided bike tours throughout Coral Gables, healthy food and drink vendors, farmer’s market, live music, art bike exhibit, scavenger hunt, family activities, giveaways, fitness classes and much more."

Event page on Facebook

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

4G: Great Gator Gravel Grinder

Sunday, February 22nd

Plaza Licenciado Benito Juarez Park
19825 SW 376th St
Homestead, FL 33034

"The 4G is back again for the second installment, because we have only done one, so this would be the second.

The 4G is the southernmost gravel grinder in the United States!! Will take place on the 21st and 22nd days of February 2015! The 21st will be a night ride in to the Everglades. The 22nd will be the 32mile and 62mile gravel grinder rides.

There is a scavenger hunt aspect to this ride/race as riders will have to stop to collect colored wristbands along the way, as they did last year. This year we will also have harder to find cards hidden on the routes, clues will be given as to where these may be, that will entitle the rider who finds it to the prize listed on that card.

Just like last year, this ride is free!! There is no registration fee. You will have to sign in and get your wristband though.

We will have volunteers running two stocked rest stops and providing some sag in case there are any mechanical issues that cannot be repaired on the trail.

Some very important reminders:
Riders should be self-sufficient and carry enough water, food, tubes, CO2, pumps and other items to help themselves on the trail. Some of the areas you will be riding into will not be accessible by motor vehicles to get you out. Hydration bags are strongly suggested. The course will not be closed to road traffic. Cyclist should ride accordingly and obey all traffic signs, signals and use caution at any crossings. Do not take any chances with yourself or others!

The event sponsors, organizers, staff and anyone else involved with this event are not responsible for your safety or well-being. We cannot stress this enough……You are responsible for you!!"
    More information available on Facebook.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Miami Critical Mass January Photos & Video

    Check out these great photos and a video from the January 2015 Miami Critical Mass ride which traversed through Little Havana, Grapeland Heights, Allapattah, Brownsville, Liberty City, Wynwood, Overtown, OMNI, Park West, and Downtown.  The City of Miami bicycle patrol joined the ride once again along with some aid from Miami-Dade police. While things went mostly well, we need to remind everyone that there is still a lot of room for improvement amongst riders. Most notably when it pertains to riders illegally riding over the solid double yellow line and going against oncoming traffic. Also, there are still some riders with no lights on their bicycles and those who allow large gaps to form around them, let's stay as one unit and CLOSE THE GAPS. It's also very important for the crowd to clear the road after the ride finishes at back at Government Center. For more tips go here.

    Check out 100 photos from the January 2015 Miami Critical Mass ride captured by event photographer Arturo P.

    Click to view photos

    Thursday, February 05, 2015

    The Underline: In Lights Valentine's Day at Vizcaya Station

    Vizcaya Metrorail Station
    Saturday, February 14-21

    Underline In Lights: February 14-21, nightly. Metrorail’s Vizcaya Station will come alive with colored lights every night beginning February 14th and ending on February 21st. Why? As we start the design planning process for The Underline, we will be working on possible lighting solutions for beautification, to encourage nighttime usage, and to enhance security. While this event is just one week, we hope you will drive by (on US1), walk, or ride your bike along and through the area to see Vizcaya station in lights.

    Free Valentine’s Day chocolates: February 14th. Stop by the Vizcaya Metrorail station from 10 AM – 12 PM for free Valentine’s Day chocolates and fun. Come on foot, by bike, or on Metrorail. We look forward to seeing you there! And, tell your friends to come too. Sign up here to attend.

    Museum of Science Innovation Weekend: February 21-22 9 AM-6 PM. Come by on your own, with the family and with friends to play at The Underline’s interactive exhibit at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Ride Metrorail, bike or walk to save Miami’s environment.