Tampon Tuesdays (Thriller Crew) : Video

Went up to Holiday Park in Ft. Lauderdale last night for the final "Tampon Tuesdays" of 2008. Had a great time and it was nice too hang out with everyone, I hadn't been up there in a while. I arrived late so I only witnessed the last game of Bike Polo. Definitely going to make it out earlier next time to join in on the games. The night consisted of beers, bikes, fireworks & friends.. what more could you ask for?

Every Tuesday @ Holiday Park

Bike Polo : 8-10pm
Thriller Crew : 10-12pm

Here's a video of last nights shenanigans.


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December Critical Mass : Video (Part 2 of 3)




Part 1 : Downtown Miami (Available)

Part 2 : Edgewater/Wynwood/Allapattah (Available)

Part 3 : NW 27th Ave/Little Havana/Downtown Miami (Coming Thursday)

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December Critical Mass : Video (Part 1 of 3)

The Miami Critical Mass December ride was a success by South Florida standards. Approximately 50 cyclists showed up & joined in on the fun. The ride lasted about 1 1/2 hours with just one brief stop at a gas station for refreshments. Total distance ridden was 14 miles.

The route initially consisted of going north on Biscayne Blvd but it was slightly detoured by the Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls game at the AAA and/or Cirque du Soleil. We had to turn west on NE 6th and advanced north on 1st Ave before eventually getting back on Biscayne via NE 14th St. We then took Biscayne Blvd north to 36th St where we made a left and headed west to 27th Ave passing through Wynwood & Allapattah. Once there we proceeded south on 27th Ave to 8th St where we rode east through Little Havana, ultimately getting to our starting locale in Government Center.

The Firefly Bike Collective brought out one of their community tall bikes. Motorists and pedestrians alike appeared to be intrigued by the tall bike. I got to ride the bike briefly at the end of Critical Mass, it felt kind of odd for the first few seconds. I would totally want to ride one again in a different environment, dismounting was definitely easier than getting on. I applaud those guys (Kevin & Sleeper) for riding it out amongst city traffic. The Firefly Bike Collective may build some more in time for next month's ride (January 30th, 2009). The bikes definitely get people to notice us and that's what Critical Mass is going for.. awareness.

I was able to get a lot of footage from the ride. Too much actually so they will be posted it in 3 parts throughout this week. These videos hopefully motivate more cyclists to come out and join us, though I'm aware it might turn some away. Most importantly I want motorists to see this and understand that we're not out there purposely trying to stall you. We're just forcing you to share the road, it's the only way that seems to get your attention. Can't keep everyone happy? Enough rambling, here's part 1 of 3 videos.

Part 1 : Downtown Miami (Available)

Part 2 : Edgewater/Wynwood/Allapattah (Coming Tuesday)

Part 3 : NW 27th Ave/Little Havana/Downtown Miami (Coming Thursday)

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Miami Beach gets B-cycle!

I've been told Miami Beach will be one of the US cities getting B-cycle, a bicycle sharing program inspired by Velib in Paris, France. Not sure on the exact date but apparently happening within the next year. This is very exciting, check out the video below. Pretty amazing stuff.



About B-cycle:

B-cycle is the zero-hassle, zero-emissions way to get around town. It's a bike sharing program that meets the transportation, health, and environmental needs of our communities. One that adapts to any size city, corporation or campus. It's wind in your hair, air in your lungs and bugs in your teeth. It's free and spontaneous but also organized and practical.

B-cycle is the only "next"-generation bike-share program. Integrated data tracking will automatically capture information such as your distance traveled, equivalent calories burned and carbon offset after each ride. It will then upload this data to your personal user profile on Bcycle.com. B-cycle is the future of bike sharing, and it's available to your city now.

B-cycle is a collaboration between four major players in three industries.

Humana
Trek Bicycle Corporation
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
SRAM

All four share one common goal: cultural change. B-cycle will change the way you get around. And that will change our communities. So grab a B-cycle from the nearest B-station and we're on our way.

For more information about B-Cycle visit here.




Here's a great video I found online that shows how Velib (Paris) works.

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Ride the Rickenbacker - January 10th, 2009



Bicyclists are invited to “Ride the Rickenbacker” in celebration of the completion of improvements to the Rickenbacker Causeway and on- and off-road bicycle lanes on Saturday, January 10, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., across from the Crandon Park Marina at the Bear Cut Preserve. Free parking will be available at Crandon Park until noon for bicyclists who choose to “drive to ride.”

Northbound traffic lanes will be closed from Crandon Park to the West Bridge from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Traffic will be re-routed to the southbound lanes. Following the 9:45 a.m. dedication ceremony with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez; County Manager George M. Burgess; representatives from the City of Miami and the Village of Key Biscayne; Miami-Dade County Public Works Director Esther Calas, P.E.; and Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Director Jack Kardys, cyclists will be able to ride the Rickenbacker Causeway “traffic-free” for three hours.

This event also celebrates the movement to make Miami-Dade County one of the pre-eminent cycling locations in the world. Working together, different county departments and cities, along with state and federal agencies are in the process of creating a web of bikeways and greenways that will provide cyclists with greater opportunities to move around the county. When fully built, the 500-plus miles of trails and bikeways will form a more livable and sustainable community and will include etiquette signs, interpretive signs, educational signs, mile markers, trail maps, and pedestrian directional signs.

“The bike lane project on the Rickenbacker Causeway, along with the lanes on Crandon Park and the Village of Key Biscayne, link five beautiful parks for everyone to enjoy. This is the essence and vision of Miami-Dade County’s Open Space Master Plan,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

The objective of the Rickenbacker Causeway road resurfacing and bicycle path improvement project was to create continuous bicycle lanes from the West Bridge to Key Biscayne and accommodate the volume of bicyclists that currently use the shoulder of this road. Today, in combination with the Village of Key Biscayne’s Crandon Boulevard project, these improvements have been accomplished with bicycle lanes from the mainland to Cape Florida State Park.

The resurfacing of the Rickenbacker Causeway and bike path was accomplished in three phases. The first phase of this project was from the east end of Bear Cut Bridge to the east entrance of the Crandon Marina, and consisted of milling and resurfacing the causeway and off-road bicycle path, widening at various intersections, pavement markings for roadway and delineation for future bicycle lanes. Construction of this portion of the facility was completed in July 2006.

Phase two of the project was from the west end of the Bear Cut Bridge to the east end of the William Powell Bridge. This phase consisted of the same improvements as phase one, and also included shoulder widening at various intersections. Construction of this portion of the facility was completed in July 2007.

Phase three of the project is from Brickell Avenue to the west end of the William Powell Bridge. The work included the same improvements as phases one and two, from west of the toll plaza of the east end of Hobie Island; and milling and resurfacing of the Bear Cut Bridge and the West Bridge (southern section). This project also included the installation of handrails for the William Powell Bridge, the Bear Cut Bridge and the West Bridge, the replacement of joints on the Bear Cut Bridge and the West Bridge (southern section). Improvements further included shoulder widening at various intersections, signing and pavement markings to include conversion of the shoulders to marked and signed bicycle lanes for the length of all three phases, minor sidewalk repair, construction of concrete path to connect bike lane to existing path, and upgrading of pedestrian signals. Construction of this portion of the facility was completed in December 2008.

“I look forward to participating in the ‘Ride the Rickenbacker’ ceremony. This project will improve safety and better accommodate the volume of cyclists who currently use the Rickenbacker. The improvements will bring Miami-Dade County one step closer to achieving its Open Space Master Plan vision that connects all parks, green spaces, and bikeways across the County. Our commitment is to provide a world class system of parks that connect 500-plus miles of trails and bikeways. This goal will make our community a more attractive one to live, work and play in,” said Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez, District 7.

“Reducing our carbon omissions by encouraging citizens to use dedicated bicycle lanes and pathways linked to our existing Transit rail, mover and bus service will lessen our impact on the environment while providing outstanding recreational experiences,” said Miami-Dade County Manager, George M. Burgess.

Miami-Dade Parks creates outstanding recreational, natural and cultural experiences to enrich you and to enhance our community for this and future generations.

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Miami Cyclocross II : January 4th, 2009



On Sunday, January 4th, the 2nd annual Miami Cyclocross race will take place at Oleta River State Park. Cyclo-cross (sometimes cyclocross, CX, CCX, cyclo-X or 'cross') is a form of bicycle racing. Races take place typically in the autumn and winter and consists of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5 km or 1.5–2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike whilst navigating the obstruction and remount in one motion. It's part road bike, part mountain bike and part steeplechase.
And it's exploding in popularity.
It's cyclocross, and it is becoming one of the fastest-growing sports in the bicycle world.

The Miami race is one of a eight race state wide series and will feature a course that includes asphalt, grass, sand, clay and concrete that will require the racers to dismount a few times per lap in a unique Miami setting. In addition to the serious cyclist categories (Cat 1-5 mens and womens according to USA Cycling rules) there will be races from children 6 years old to grand masters 55+. Although the serious cyclists may have a bicycle specifically for Cyclocross, just about any hybrid, mountain or average road bike will suffice. Racers will be treated to an enthusiastic crowd, lots of ringing cowbells, free Belgian waffles and a fun time overall. Double points in the Florida Cyclocross series. For photos from last year’s event visit here.

Click here to download registration flyer.

A portion of the proceeds will support, ORAA, the official non profit Citizen's Support Organization for Oleta River State Park in Miami FL.

For more information contact:

John Voss
jvoss@jvossman.com
Vice President of ORAA
Charity Chair, Everglades Bicycle Club
305.491.7159

For those of you not familiar with Cyclocross Racing here's a video:

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Critical Mass December 26th



Miami​ Criti​cal Mass will be the day after​ Xmas.​​ Bring out that new bike you got for being good & ride it aroun​d the city.​​


Friday December 26th @ 6:30pm
Government Center
101 NW First St
Downtown Miami

Get directions to Government Center here.

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Stolen Bike Alert



Ferny's black & gold Raleigh fixed-gear conversion was stolen today from 18th & Biscayne Blvd.

If you have any info contact (786) 357-5731

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Miami Lightning Sprints 5



Miami Lightning Sprints is taking place at the velodrome in Broward this month.

Friday December 19th @ 7pm

Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome
9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, FL 33024

$5 fee to get into the velodrome. Helmets are required. Bicycle must be track bike or fixed gear. No brakes. You may rent a helmet and track bike if you don't have one.

Get directions here.

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Bike Miami Days 2.0 : Recap (video)

Unfortunately todays turnout to Bike Miami Days was minuscule compared to that of last month's inaugural event. This could be due to numerous things: the holidays, overcast skies, lack of promotion, who knows? I personally would have never predicted such a decrease in participation for todays event. I'm still dumbfounded by the turnout, at least those that did come out seemed to have a great time. Hopefully people come out in full force like they did in November for next month's 'Bike Miami Day'.

One thing I heard mentioned a few times today by participants was their discontent due to the lack of closed streets to ride on. I think bicyclists, rollerbladers, etc. want to venture out and ride through different parts of the city. The forthcoming January 'Bike Miami Days' is said to have a few added streets which will hopefully spark more interests in the event. Supposedly Flagler will be closed off westbound towards Lummus Park and along the Miami River. I hope the organizers of Bike Miami are not discouraged by todays turnout and continue to work on this event & bicycle awareness in general.

If you have any recommendations for 'Bike Miami Days' leave a comment. I'm interested to see what the reasons for you going/not going to this event are. Also interested to see what you think should be done in terms of promotion.

Also, thanks to Kirk Jewelers for giving out bottled water all day to passer-bys. That was very generous of your establishment. Make sure you stop by there the next time you're in the market for a new Rolex.

Here's a short video I took from 'Bike Miami Days'

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Stolen Bike Alert



Call Andres if you see it (786) 419-0003

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Bike Miami Day 12/14/08



Next Sunday will be the 2nd Bike Miami now being called "Bike Miami Days". They are seeking volunteers to help out with the bike valet and also to act as travelling infopoints along the route. E-mail if you wish to volunteer.

Sunday December 14th
9am-3pm

Expect bigger & better Bike Miami Days in 2009

For more info about Bike Miami Days please visit bike-miami.com

Here's a video from the first Bike Miami which took place in November.

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Loose Cannons : Bike Basel Poker Run 12/03/08



This bike race/game is going to be a Bike Basel Poker Run - Best hand wins the race.

This is brought to you by those responsible for the Loose Cannons events but unlike the previous races, this is more of a fun game taking place during Art Basel.

It's going to be an already determined path to PS14. Here's the schedule below:

Riders meet at Free Spirits Lounge (located at Collins & 21st Street) at 11:00pm - AFTER the free Art Loves Music Yelle concert, which will take place at Collins Park at 10pm.
You'll receive your first card and ride out at 11:30pm

Then you make your way to Deuce Bar (222 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139) and get your next card.

At 12:00am, we leave Deuce Bar and ride down Washington to Lincoln Rd and from there go to Purdy (1811 Purdy Ave).
At Purdy, you'll get 2 cards.

After that, everyone goes down to PS14 to receive your last card.
The person with the best hand wins the race and the $50 bar tab.

$1 beers for bike riders from 10pm-12am @ PS14

Like stated earlier, this is not an actual race. It's more of a social game / group ride on bikes.

Here are the maps:




Click on the image below to see lots of never before seen photos from previous Loose Cannons races dating back to the inaugural race in January 2008. Photos by Joel Meinholz.

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