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Sunday, May 17, 2015

More Bike, Less Guns

Saturday, May 30th
9am - 3pm

Museum Club Tower
1598 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention & Control, in 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour, a number that continues to grow each year.

"More Bikes Less Guns,” a community project aimed at reducing gun possession within our local community by providing a bicycle for every gun turned into The City of Miami.

In preparation for our first guns for bikes exchange event, we have partnered with The City of Miami Police Department to administer proper gun disposal. In addition to having the backing of the Chief of Miami Police, Rodolfo Llanes, we need your support to reach our initial goal of replacing 50 guns in the community with 50 bikes.

Please join us on May 30, 2015 for the inaugural “More Bikes Less Guns” event from 9am to 3pm at the Museum Club Tower located on 1598 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL 33132.

There will also be a community bike ride starting at 3:30pm plus FREE pizza courtesy of Pizza PazzaPlease join us!

Monetary donations will help us purchase more bikes for the program! We'll aslo accept new bicycles and helmets.

Donate a bike and schedule a pick-up by calling (305) 968-1013, or drop-off donation bikes at The Miami Bike Shop 275 NE 18th Street, # 110 Miami, FL 33132. Monetary donations should be payable to: Magic City Bicycle Collective or gofundme.com/gunsforbikes

Thank you in advance for your support. We appreciate your contribution in helping us create a safer community.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Venetian Causeway Closing June 1st



The West Venetian Bascule Bridge is scheduled to be closed to ALL traffic starting June 1, 2015 due to much needed repairs. Work will last for nine months and the county is advising vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists needing to travel to and from Miami Beach to use the MacArthur or Julia Tuttle Causeways.

This is a huge safety concern for cyclists, runners, skaters, pedestrians, and scooter/moped drivers alike who use the Venetian Causeway as an alternative to the other thoroughfares. The Venetian Causeway is the most popular route among non-motorists due to the slower speed limit (30mph), adequate bike lanes, less motor vehicles, and smaller bridges.

FDOTMiami-Dade County PWD, and the City of Miami Beach have had a long time to prepare for this closure, but what exactly have they done to ensure safety for ALL road users along their suggested routes?

Keep in mind that just a few weeks ago a cyclist was struck and killed on the Julia Tuttle, the impact threw the victim off the bridge and into Biscayne Bay. The speed limit on the Julia Tuttle (I-195) is 55mph and the shoulder (bike lane) is typically covered in debris.

Non-motorists are the most vulnerable on these causeways and need a safe corridor between South Beach and Miami. Unfortunately, the only notable changes we've observed thus far were on the MacArthur Causeway were two "merge zone" green bike lanes where installed across from Jungle Island. While we welcome any improvements, a "green" bike lane will not suffice.

Below are a few recommendations for the FDOT and county to implement in order to allow safe passage across the causeways:

  • Create temporary protected bike lanes by using bollards
  • Daily removal of debris
  • Slower speed limit (currently 55mph on Julia Tuttle / 40-50 mph on MacArthur)
  • Electronic signs alerting motorists of higher volume cyclists/pedestrian traffic
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Provide a water taxi service across closed westernmost bridge

We encourage ALL cyclists, runners, pedestrians, and scooter/moped users to voice their concerns via telephone or email to the appropriate representatives:

FDOT District 6, Gus Pego, (305) 470-5197
City of Miami Beach, Mayor Phillip Levine, (305) 673-7035
Miami-Dade County, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, (305) 375-5071





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The MacArthur Causeway (though not a great option) is still a better alternative to the Julia Tuttle (I-195). The speed limit is 40-50mph and there are several intersections along the way which slow motorists down slightly. However, we still suggest riding on the sidewalk on both bridges (unless riding in a group), there is no shoulder on the easternmost bridge so you're basically riding on freeway. Not for the faint of heart.


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Ride Of Silence | Miami 2015


Wednesday, May 20th
6:45pm

Crandon Park Marina
4000 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

"The 10th annual Ride Of Silence, Miami FL is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th. It’s an international effort to focus attention on the deadly consequences of non-awareness of bicyclist’s rights on public roadways. Participants and onlookers are welcomed to bring signs with messages and wear shirts with messages for the public view and the media to report on. These are your roads and this is your ride. All are welcome so, please, put this on your calendar.

The "Ride of Silence" is a silent procession to honor friends and family members who have been killed or injured while cycling on our public roadways. Recent bicycle-motorist accidents in Miami-Dade County illustrate the need to remind motorists of the 2006 law that requires motorists to leave a 3 foot space when overtaking a bicycle. The ride of silence is a safe, silent way of reminding them of this need"

Event information available on Facebook.


Video from 2009 "Ride Of Silence"

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Family Day Bike Sale at CGM


Saturday, May 9th
2 - 5pm

Do you have an old or un-used bike sitting in the corner of your garage taking up space? Have your kids outgrown their bikes? Why not donate your used bikes to the Coral Gables Museum for our Family Day Bike Sale?

Do you need a bike to ride but don't want to spend a lot of cash? Buy it at the Coral Gables Museum! In celebration of National Bike Month and our national designation as a Bike Friendly Business, CGM wants to help bikeless people find the joy of riding a bike!

The Museum is accepting bike donations of all shapes and sizes for our first Family Day Bike Sale. To donate a bike, call Chris at (305) 603-8067 or just drop if off at the Museum's front door at 285 Aragon Avenue, Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm and Sunday: 12pm-5pm.

Enjoy FREE admission to all exhibits. Explore our ARTcycle: Cyclists Matter and Underline: Make it Yours exhibits all day long!

At the Family Day Bike Sale event, our neighbor, No Boundaries Sport will be on hand to make repairs. And, even if you don't need a bike, you can both support the Museum AND help needy children by purchasing a child's bike for Camillus House!

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Ride to Ms. Cheezious

Saturday, May 9th
10am

Allapattah Metrorail Station
3501 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

"On May 9, bring your bike and come join the Emerge Miami folks for their Second Saturday ride. The ride will begin at the Allapattah Metrorail station at 10:00 am. The ride will wind through the streets of some areas of Miami you may have never seen before and then stop at Ms. Cheezious to enjoy great food and good times.

This ride is also an important fundraiser aimed to support Green Mobility Network. For every New Belgium "Slow Ride" purchased at Ms. Cheezious, 50 cents will be donated to Green Mobility Network through New Belgium Brewing’s “Drink To Donate” program, helping to fuel our year-round campaign to support biking, running and walking initiatives. Green Mobility will have a free bike valet set up behind Ms. Cheezious to keep your bikes safe while you enjoy the food and fun!

If you cannot make the start of the Emerge ride feel free to ride, walk or (if you must) drive over, if you are in the area and you can still take part in the festivities with fellow cyclists and others who want to support making Miami a more alternative transportation friendly city!"

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