Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Costume Ride : Friday, October 31st

Friday, October 31st
6:30pm (ride starts at 7:15pm)

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami

Annual Halloween costume ride with a FREE after party & costume contest in Wynwood!

The ride will be going through Downtown Miami, Little Havana, West Flagler, Grapeland Heights, Allapattah, and Wynwood. Total distance is approximately 14 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.

Safety tips for cyclists wearing costumes: 
If your costume requires a mask or other face covering, you must be able to see clearly and breathe easily at all times. Make sure your costume will not get caught in the wheels, gears, or pedals. Be certain your costume is not a hazard to others. Safety first!

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!

The ride will be ending at a FREE Halloween Block Party in Wynwood. Join hundreds of ghouls and goblins for a spooky HalloWYN event which will include a costume contest, DJs, food trucks, drinks, video DJs, a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and much more.

Note: The monthly Miami Critical Mass ride will be starting as regularly scheduled at Government Center, the only difference to previous rides is that it will be ending in Wynwood for the Halloween Block Party, the group of cyclists should be expected to arrive in Wynwood around 8:20pm.

The park is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Don't lose your bike by being careless. Do not leave your bike unattended if you do not have a good lock.

MANA Wynwood (Food Truck Lot) is located at 318 NW 23rd Street. Click here to see a recommended route back to Government Center from Wynwood, just under 2 miles. This suggested route avoids the dangerous rail road tracks on N. Miami Ave & 19th Street.

Also, Citi Bike Miami will be hosting a costume contest on Instagram. Take your best costume photo and follow @citibikemiami and use hashtags #unlockmiami #miamibikescene to be entered in the contest! Look for a skeleton on a Citi Bike before and after the ride for a better chance to win! Simply take a photo next to the Citi Bike.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Balance x Shoe Gallery : Tour De Miami with Andrew Talansky

Friday, November 7th
Registration 7pm
Pedals Up 8pm

Shoe Gallery
244 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132

Join us on the evening of Friday, November 7th for the Tour De Miami ride w/ Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team rider Andrew Talansky. The ride will celebrate the unveiling of a New Balance x Shoe Gallery limited footwear collaboration heavily inspired by cycling and Andrew Talansky/Garmin Team. The ride will traverse through Downtown Miami, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater, Brickell, The Roads, Coral Gables, and Little Havana, total distance 17 miles.

Please keep in mind that this is not a race. Also, all cyclists will be required to have front and rear lights.

Registration will begin at 7pm at Shoe Gallery, and it's FREE. Riders must first sign a waiver in order to participate. Registered participants will receive special gifts courtesy of New Balance and ICNY (while supplies last).

Join us after the ride at Shoe Gallery for refreshments and a special Q&A with Andrew Talansky.

*Cyclists ride at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own safety!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Magic Mondays Weekly Bike Ride

Get mythical with us on our inaugural ride, Magic Mondays begin November 3rd.

Magic Mondays is a weekly Monday night community ride which traverses through Coral Gables, South Miami, and Coconut Grove. Ride along beautiful tree-lined avenues, historic homes, and see some of the distinctive architecture these areas have to offer.

University Metrorail Station
5400 Ponce de Leon
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Meet Up 8:30pm
Pedals Up 9:00pm

Tips & Guidelines
  • Bring front and rear safety lights, it's required by law. 
  • Ride carefully and considerately.
  • Do not pass the ride facilitators.
  • Always bring a tube, a pump, and any tools you need. 
  • Bringing a cell phone and cash is a good idea, too.
  • No alcohol consumption at the meet up location and/or during the ride.
  • Do not filter forward past stopped cars at a red light.
  • Do not litter or vandalize any property.
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk.
  • Stay in the right lane unless making a left turn.
  • Always perform an "ABC Quick" Bike Check to ensure that your bike is in safe working order. 
  • Yield to emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and buses.
  • Don't be late.

Important Safety Details

This is night ride and the routes will consist of many dark narrow roads, BICYCLE LIGHTS ARE REQUIREDPlease note that we will also encounter a large number of roundabouts throughout the ride, so please exercise caution. 

*Bicyclists entering a roundabout on all approaches are required to yield to vehicles within the circulating roadway. Never take a short cut at a roundabout by entering on the left side. Do not pass other riders at a roundabout, be patient. Click here for details on how to properly use a roundabout.


What time does the ride start?
We will meet up at 8:30pm, pedals up at 9pm

If I'm late will the group wait for me?
No, tardiness will not be rewarded.

What is the pace of the ride?
Speed will be around 14-17mph

Can I bring my fat tire, "fixie", unicycle, hybrid, etc bike?
All bicycles are welcome, just make sure your bicycle is in good working order and that you can maintain a 14-17mph pace.

How long will the ride last?
An estimated two hours including one stop.

Is this a race?
This is definitely not a race, it's not even necessarily a fast ride.  It's a community ride to empower local cyclist to explore the surrounding neighborhoods by bicycle.

How come the unicorn isn't wearing any clothes? Is this a clothing optional ride?
Come and find out for yourself.

If I get a flat or have a mechanical issue will the group stop for me?
No, the group will not stop or wait for anyone with a flat tire, mechanical issue, etc. However, it's possible that a generous rider(s) will come to your aid. Keep in mind that help is a courtesy and not guaranteed. It's best to come prepared so that you do not need to rely on another person.

How many miles is it? When will the route be posted?
12-17 miles. The ride starts at the University Metrorail Station across from UM and will we ride through Coral Gables, South Miami and Coconut Grove. A route will NOT be posted.

Will there be any actual magicians on the ride?
We don't know about any "actual magicians" but we're pretty certain that anyone acting a fool will be made to disappear. Pooof!

I will be driving there after work, is there parking available?
Parking is available at the University Metrorail Station. Read the signs.

Will there be any rest stops or rendezvous points?
We will make one stop at a convenience store for snacks and drinks and/or we may stop at a public park.

What do I need to bring?
Bring a safe functioning bicycle, front and rear lights, patch kit or tube, and tools. A positive attitude is also suggested.

Will there be t-shirts available with the awesome unicorn on a bicycle?
No, there will not be any t-shirts, posters or anything with that design for sale. If you like the art, visit Mike Joos website and support him by buying one of his prints.

Hopefully everyone planning to attend the ride thoroughly read the notes provided above and did not just say "awesome.. a unicorn on a bicycle" and immediately closed the page.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Public Bike Repair Station

A brand new public bike repair station w/ air pump was just installed along the M-Path at Paciencia Park in South Miami. The station is located next to the South Miami Metrorail Station (Sunset Drive & US1).

It's great to see the project come to realization, earlier this year Malone Matson submitted her idea to the Miami Foundation - Public Space Challenge and was declared a winner. The Dero Fixit public bike repair station was installed by MDT and ideally will be utilized by bicycle commuters needing quick repairs along the M-Path.

Two more similar repair stations are tentatively scheduled to be installed at unconfirmed locations, though Coconut Grove seems likely. Government Center could greatly benefit from of one of these, the Adrienne Arsht Center (OMNI) Metromover/Bus Terminal at the Venetian Causeway would be another ideal candidate due to all the bicycle traffic to and from Miami Beach.

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."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bear Cut Bridge Bicycle Facility Improvements Ceremony

Saturday, October 25th
9am - 10am

Crandon Park Marina
4000 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Celebrate the completion of the West and Bear Cut Bridges and the improvements to bicycle safety along the Rickenbacker Causeway.

This is a bike-friendly event and participants are encouraged to ride their bicycles.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rickenbacker Causeway Gets Its First Green Bike Lane

Good news for cyclists who ride the Rickenbacker Causeway, a very popular route for recreational bicyclists. The Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department installed its first green bike lane. The brightly colored lanes are intended to give better visibility to bicyclists and are made of slip-resistant material so that cyclists don't skid when wet.

The first green bike lane was installed at the entrance/exit of MAST Academy, a high conflict zone between cyclists and motorists. PWWM plans on installing several more green bike lanes on the north side of the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Emerge Miami : Celebrate Diversity Miami (Video)

Emerge Miami's 100th ride rolled through local communities on Saturday, October 11th and gave participants of the ride a unique opportunity to learn more about some of the city’s most culturally diverse neighborhoods.

An estimated 150 cyclists attended the ride which kicked off Celebrate Diversity Miami, a new large-scale community engagement initiative aimed at promoting a deepened sense of connectivity between the culturally diverse neighborhoods of greater Miami. The group, departed from Government Center, and visited Overtown, Liberty City, and Little Haiti before concluding with a celebration picnic at Museum Park.

Along the way, riders stopped by Overtown’s Dorsey Park where URGENT, Inc. discussed several mural projects they've completed and the youth-developed app – Dorsey Detector. The next stop was in Liberty City where participants got the chance to experience a “KaBoom Park” that the Miami Children’s Initiative helped build for the neighborhood children. Riders made a last stop in Little Haiti to experience the recently opened Caribbean Marketplace before making their way to Museum Park for a final celebration.

Congrats to Emerge Miami on 100 rides and hopefully to many more. Feel free to join them on a ride on the 2nd Saturday morning of every month, check out their Meetup group for ride listings.

Here's another short bonus excerpt from the ride..