Sunday, September 28, 2014

Emerge Miami 100th Ride: Celebrate Diversity Miami



Saturday, October 11th
10am

Government Center
111 NW 1st St
Miami, FL 33128

"Emerge Miami 100th Ride: “Celebrate Diversity Miami” will be rolling through local communities on Saturday, October 11, giving people a unique opportunity to learn more about some of the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods and connect with local residents in a fun and interactive way.

More than 100 cyclists are expected to attend this milestone event that will be kicking off Celebrate Diversity Miami, a new large-scale community engagement initiative that aims to promote a deepened sense of connectivity between the culturally diverse neighborhoods of greater Miami. The group, departing from Government Center, will visit Overtown, Liberty City, and Little Haiti before concluding with a celebration picnic at Museum Park.

Along the way, riders will stop by Overtown’s Dorsey Park where URGENT, Inc., has been working on several mural projects, and also have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour with URGENT’s new youth-developed app – Dorsey Detector. The next stop is Liberty City where participants will have the chance to experience a “KaBoom Park” at local school that the Miami Children’s Initiative helped to build for the neighborhood children. Riders will make a last stop in Little Haiti to experience the recently opened Caribbean Marketplace before marking their way to Museum Park for a final celebration."

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Miami Critical Mass : Friday, September 26th



Friday, September 26th
6:30pm (ride starts at 7:15pm)

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami

The ride will be going through East Little Havana, Overtown, Allapattah, Liberty City, Little Haiti, Upper East Side, North Bay Village, North Beach, Miami Beach, Venetian Islands, and Downtown. Total distance is approximately 20 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.
Cyclists ride at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own safety!





Monday, September 22, 2014

Friends of the Ludlam Trail - Meetings



Please attend one of these meetings which will decide the fate of Ludlam Trail.

Tuesday, September 23rd - 6pm
Kendall Community Council
Kendall Village Center Civic Pavilion - 8625 SW 124 Avenue

Monday, September 29th - 6pm
North Central Community Council
MLK Plaza - 2525 NW 62 Street

Tuesday, September 30th - 6:30pm
Westchester Community Council
Ruben Dario Middle School - 350 NW 97 Avenue

"Friends of the Ludlam Trail urges you to attend one of three upcoming Community Council meetings (listed below) where the future of the Ludlam Trail may be in question. FECI is seeking an amendment to the Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) that will upzone the land and allow over 2,000 residential units to be built directly on the corridor. If this actually gets built it will have substantial impacts on traffic, community services, and the environment.

To make this palatable, FECI proposes to reserve a trail corridor (barely wide enough for a narrow path and a tree and drainage) IF somebody else will come along and buy that land from them and IF somebody else will build the trail at 100% community expense.

Despite the grand scope of this proposal, there has been NO public planning process or outreach yet, nor has any plan been presented publicly that explains the project!

The proposal leaves many questions in the minds of FOLT members. What happened to the rail-to-trail that was proposed by the County Parks and Recreation Department? How can the land be rezoned with no master plan or public process? Review the proposal by following this link and let us know what you think.

We urge FECI to withdraw its application this cycle and work together with the community to draft a consensus plan that works for everyone involved."

Email the Mayor and let him know you want a linear park and trail.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

History on Wheels



Saturday, September 20th & Sunday, September 21st
4pm

FREE

History Miami
101 W Flagler St (across from Government Center)
Miami, FL 33130

"History on Wheels is an interactive bike ride that is both exciting and educational, offering the community a new and innovative theater experience that caters to all ages, fitness levels and budgets. The audience will follow Julia Tuttle as she time travels on bicycle, stopping at key moments in Miami’s history."

Showtimes: September 20th and 21st as part of Downtown Art Days, @ 4pm on both days!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wheels of Hope Documentary

Wheels of Hope is a film that documents a young Miami cyclist that seeks to escape his routine based life in South Florida. By selling his own car, he was able to fund a bike tour about 1,200 miles for 2 months through rural communities in Guatemala showing how a recycled bicycle can be used to overcome struggles of poverty.

Visit Wheels of Hope Kickstarter page for information about being a part of or sponsoring the film.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

City of Miami - Bicycle Facilities



Miami recently ranked #29 in Bicycling Magazine's "2014 Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities" and locals are scratching their heads wondering exactly where all the bike lanes, sharrows, and greenways are located. Fret no more as we have uploaded a PDF of the bicycle facilities throughout the City of Miami. Keep in mind this is only City of Miami and does not include Miami-Dade County or other municipalities.

Download PDF

Monday, September 08, 2014

Miami Critical Mass August Photos & Videos

Once again the consensus amongst participants is that the August Miami Critical Mass ride went much smoother than in recent months, the presence and aid of both the City of Miami and Coral Gables police played a large role in this.  The ride traversed through Little Havana, West Flagler, Coral Gables, Miracle Mile, Coral Way, The Roads, Brickell, and Downtown. The City of Miami bicycle patrol joined the ride once again. While things went mostly well we wish to remind everyone that there is still 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 try to keep it one unit. For more tips go here.

Check out over 100 photos from the August '14 Miami Critical Mass ride captured by event photographer Arturo P.


Click to view photos


This video was filmed on inline skates,  courtesy of Brent Allen Images




Cool time-lapse video of the entire ride