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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Miami Critical Mass : Friday, August 26th


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

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami

The ride will be going through Riverside, Little Havana, West Flagler, Coral Gables, Miracle Mile, Coral Way, Shenandoah, Calle Ocho, East Little Havana and Downtown. Total distance is approximately 11 miles. This is a short ride and good for beginners, if you've been meaning to participate in the ride and never have in the past, then this route is suggested. Make sure you come prepared and read The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Bicycling.

W. Flagler Street is under reconstruction. Only 2 lanes are open, please obey all road closed signage. Do not weave in & out of barricade drums. Do not ride on closed lanes!


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.



Cue Notes(map)
Start at Government Center 7:15pm
Proceed west to W Flagler St *Road Construction*
LEFT - Beacom Blvd
RIGHT - SW 8th St
LEFT - Ponce De Leon Blvd
LEFT - Alhambra Plaza
RIGHT - SW 37th Ave
LEFT - Coral Way
LEFT - SW 22nd Ave
RIGHT - Calle Ocho
LEFT - SW 12th Ave
RIGHT - SW 1st St
LEFT - SW 2nd Ave
End at Government Center



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Monday, August 08, 2016

Volunteer Bike Patrol at Everglades National Park

The 15-mile scenic Tram Trail at Shark Valley is a popular destination for visitors to bicycle, walk, or enjoy guided tram rides through the northern reaches of Everglades National Park. We are recruiting volunteers to bike the Trail in order to enhance the safety of visitors and protect the park’s natural resources. This group of volunteers will patrol the trail on bicycles, helping to maintain a safe environment for all Shark Valley visitors.

These positions will require volunteers who are able to perform strenuous physical activity under conditions typical of South Florida, including heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. All volunteers must be able to bicycle a minimum of 20 miles per patrol. Volunteers must satisfy the physical requirements to be considered for one of these positions (see below).

All volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation and training session on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Volunteers will start patrolling the area beginning in October. Specific days are flexible based on the availability of volunteers. Volunteers must commit to two 4-hour patrols per month and a minimum of one year of service.

The volunteer will support the Shark Valley District at Everglades National Park, performing tasks that may include the following:

  • Complete a mandatory day of training with park staff and other volunteers
  • Patrol the 15-mile Tram Trail at Shark Valley on a bi-monthly basis
  • Monitor the safety of park visitors
  • Respond to incidents and provide care within the limits of training
  • Record any park offenses and report them to supervisor
  • Answer visitors' basic questions about the area

Volunteers must meet all of the following qualifications:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid driver's license
  • Be willing and able to commute to Shark Valley
  • Have their own bicycle and helmet
  • Be able to attend the mandatory orientation and training session on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Volunteers must meet all of the following physical requirements for their personal safety:
  • Be able to bicycle up to 20 miles
  • Be comfortable working in hot conditions
  • Be aware of their physical limitations

Benefits to Volunteers:
  • Work directly with National Park Service Rangers
  • Meet and work alongside other bicycle patrol volunteers
  • Opportunity to learn more about Everglades National Park and park divisions
  • Training and certifications: First Aid/CPR, Introduction to Interpretation, park rules and regulations, radio operations, safety protocols
  • Bicycle patrol jersey, provided by Everglades National Park
  • Opportunities to gain volunteer recognition items, based on cumulative service

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Shark Valley Ranger-Guided Bike Programs



Shark Valley Ranger-Guided Programs Summer 2016

Canal Biking - 7:30am (approx. 3hrs)

Saturdays
May 28th | June 25th | July 23rd | August 27th | September 24th

Join a ranger for a car caravan trip to the L-67 Canal, approximately 5 miles to the east of Shark Valley Entrance. This is the old eastern boundary of your national park here in the Everglades. The bike tour will lead you down the canal berm on an unpaved, gravel road. Explore the wildlife along the canal and also the great views of the eastern portion of Shark Valley Slough and the Everglades. The subtleness of the wetlands as the morning light wakes up its inhabitants, birds, turtles and alligators sunning themselves along your path. Spider webs covered in the morning dew glistening in the sun.

Reservations are required call (305) 221-8776 and will be taken 1-week prior to the scheduled ride. Bring your own bicycle. Meet near entrance gate at Shark Valley, car caravan to L67 lot, five miles east of Shark Valley.


Glades Biking in the Morn’ - 9:00am (approx. 3hrs)

Sundays
May 15th | June 12th | July 10th | August 14th | September 15th 11th

Explore the subtleness of the wetlands as the morning light wakes up its inhabitants, birds, turtles and alligators sunning themselves along your path. Spider webs covered in the morning dew glistening in the sun. Join a Park Ranger or Volunteer for a 15-mile bike ride out into the Shark River Slough. Bring your own bicycle or rent one from the concession for $18.00. Meet on the back side of the visitor center by the benches.


Meteor Shower Bike Ride - 6:30pm (approx. 3hrs)

Thursday, May 5th | Friday, July 29th

Watch an amazing meteor shower over the sawgrass prairie. Listen to the accompanying Everglades “night symphony” as you get a glimpse of a meteor shower arching across the dark night sky. Climb the observation tower to enjoy the mystery and to feel the magic of the Everglades Wilderness at night. Join a park ranger for an evening 15-mile bike ride.

Your own bicycle required. 
Reservations will be taken 1-week prior to the scheduled ride. Call (305) 221-8776

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Rumble in the Jungle



Sunday, August 7th
8am

Markham Park
16001 W. State Rd. 84
Sunrise, FL 33326

"The Rumble in the Jungle is a 50 mile mountain bike race with Solo and Team categories. Teams may consist of up to 4 riders.

Class designation is the last class you raced in during the past 5 years. Sport team no more than one Expert member. Intermediate team no more than one Sport member. Novice team no more than one Intermediate member. All Teams are considered CO-ED."

Plan ahead, no race day registration!

Please support the Markham Park Mountain Bike Trails by entering the race, whether you ride one lap or more your support of the trails is in your benefit. All proceeds go to the Markham Park Trail Building Fund  and will be used to build and maintain YOUR Markham Park Trail System.

For more information and to register go here.


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Underline Cycling Club: Ride to Calle Ocho

Sunday, August 7th
10am- 12:30pm
FREE REGISTER

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

"Bike to Calle Ocho with The Underline Cycling Club on Sunday, August 7th. We’ll meet at 9:45 AM at the University of Miami Metrorail Station departing at 10 AM sharp and riding north to Calle Ocho to stop for ice cream at Azucar and Los Pinarenos Fruteria for a short history talk.

Please join us for our free, family-friendly bike rides along the M-Path the first Sunday of every month. Rides are open to all bicyclists age 12 and over. Let’s show that biking is a fun, safe, and a healthy way for you and your family to discover our city ... and this month we'll discover the wonders of 8th Street. Helmets, waivers, and fun required!

You can make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount but $10 person is recommended and very much appreciated."

Friends of The Underline, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, will transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail, from the Miami River (near downtown) to Dadeland South Station, into a 10-mile, world-class, linear park and living art destination directly connected to transit.

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