Lots of new faces at this month's Critical Mass ride. About 35-40 cyclists attended which is not bad considering it was raining most of the day & there was a light drizzle during the ride. It's great to see such an enthusiastic group, they marked their calendars and were determined to ride yesterday regardless of the weather.
Visit the "last Friday of the month" Miami Critical Mass group on Facebook to view all the photos.
Go here for photos.
Next ride is July 31st
Race starts @ 10pm
1505 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, Fl. 33139
Arrive early for..
$1 Baby Burgers
Get directions to Cheeseburger Baby.
Finish @ The News Lounge
55th NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137
Winner gets $50 bar tab
$2 beers for all bike riders
from Thriller Crew
"Michael Jackson really knew how to touch me (with his music).
Tonight, Thursday 6/25 meet at the park for polo, etc. Wear one glove in memory of MJ and bring beer. We'll be starting with dark beer and moving to light beer. Ride specifics TBD. Show up!"
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
Winged Wednesdays are back! Now starting in Coconut Grove. Routes vary from week to week.
Revolution Bicycle Services
3444 Main HWY
Miami, Fl. 33133
Get directions to Revolution Bicycle Services here.
This is a faster paced ride, slow folks need not apply. Average speed 20-28mph.
Unfortunately it was raining tonight but that still didn't stop a group of about 20 from coming out to the Busway Sprints. Initially we all agreed on canceling the event and just stuck around chatting it up, but around 9:45 we decided to give it a go since the roads had slightly dried up.
NSK brought out his exquisite new custom track bike from local frame builder Mike Terraferma who was also present. I believe some of the Origin8 guys were there too spectating, spotted a white Origin8 Del Pasado that looked quite nice for just $180 retail frame/fork.
Only 8 cyclists participated and there were about 10 races in total. Alex Fix reigned supreme. For those familiar with the trash-talking recently going on at MIA Fixed, know that all parties involved attended the sprints and became friends. Eddy came through on his BT, I'm not a gambling man but I would wage a Cinelli Super Pista and say Eddy would have annihilated the competition had he raced tonight.
Stay tuned for the next Busway Sprints in July. Until then here's a few photos from tonight.
This past Monday was the first of the two scheduled City Of Miami Bike Summits. Our group was running a few minutes late due to one of the cyclists puncturing a tire on Tigertail. Upon our arrival we noticed about 20 bicycles locked up on racks and to any available secure structure outside the Jose Marti Community Center in Little Havana. We were definitely at the right location. We walked into the center and to our surprise there were a lot of people present. Seating was limited and additional chairs were brought out to accommodate the large crowd. It's safe to say there were more people than they expected, I'd say close to 100 attendees in total. Members from Emerge Miami, Green Mobility Network, Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Miami Critical Mass, MIA Fixed and other local cycling groups were present. It was great to see people young & old being involved in their community.
Kathryn Moore & Collin Worth took the podium and spoke about the proposed bicycle plans for the City of Miami. Mike Lydon of Transit Miami / Street Plans Collaborative presented a great slide-show illustrating bike lanes, bicycle parking, sharrows, bicycle boulevards, and more. After the presentation attendees were encouraged to review city maps & to point out unsafe routes by placing red dotted stickers on those areas of concern. Needless to say the red stickers went scarce quite quickly.
Out of all the proposed plans the ones that stood out to me the most were the future bike lanes on NE 2nd Ave (17th St-84th St), NE 14th St, and the "Share The Road" bus stop shelter advertisement campaign (replacing the current Bike Miami Days ads). Education and police enforcement of traffic laws was also touched upon, it was mentioned that pamphlets with traffic laws for bicyclists and motorists were likely to be issued as warnings to first time offenders, for drivers & cyclists alike.
Also announced was the launch of the city's new Bicycle Initiatives website.
The 2nd Miami Bike Summit is scheduled for August. Hope to see even more people out there, the more concern we show, the likelier they respond to our needs.
Read more about the Miami Bike Summit:
Miami Herald - Miami Bike Summit discusses making city more bike-friendly
Transit Miami - Bicycle Summit Exceeds Expectations
Spokes 'n' Folks - Miami bike plans rolling nicely
Friday, June 26th @ 6:30pm
101 NW First St
Get directions to Government Center here.
Participants are to keep a moderate pace, it's very important that the group stays together. It makes corking easier and the ride much smoother for everyone involved (cyclists/motorists/pedestrians). Also, make sure to arrive on schedule, that's 6:30pm. Bring bicycle lights!
Below is a tutorial for corking. Only experienced cyclists should volunteer to cork.
If you recall I originally posted about the Bicycle Film Festival(Miami) in April. I strongly encourage all cyclists from South Florida to attend the film festival and corresponding events in December. Here's the 2009 trailer as promised.
Meet @ the bus station across from Whole Foods
US1 & 117 St (Pinecrest)
1/4 mi sprints will be held on the South-Dade Busway.
Friday , June 19th 2009
Here's a video from the first Busway Sprints in April.
Organizing a group ride to the Miami Bike Summit at the Jose Marti Community Center this afternoon. The ride starts in South Miami and takes us through Coral Gables, Coconut Grove & Brickell.
5:35pm University Metrorail Station
5:45pm SoFlo House (3340 Grand Avenue)
5:55pm Viscaya Metrorail Station
Here's a map of the route we will be taking.
Arrive on time, we will not be waiting for anyone.
Message from Collin Worth:
"Friends and Fellow Cyclists,
Have you ever wondered what's going down in Northwest Miami? Do you like getting on your bike and riding with a couple dozen delightful cyclists? Do you want to send a message to Miami motorists that they must share the road? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, then you need to hop on your bike, unicycle or what-have-
you and come to the June Critical Mass* ride!
*This is not the Friday Miami Critical Mass group
Who: Friendly cyclists and grumpy cyclists alike
What: A community bike ride in the spirit of fitness and environmentalism
Where: We meet at the Government Center metrorail station, 111 NW 1st St, Miami FL 33130
When: Saturday, June 13th at 10 am.
Why: Because you ARE hardcore enough to handle biking in Miami in June."
For more information, please call The Wallflower Gallery
This seems to have been rescheduled, June 21st is the correct date.
Meet at Tina Hills Pavilion in Bayfront Park
Sunday June 21st @ 9am
"Bike Miami Summer Rides are free, family-friendly group rides that will explore a new Miami neighborhood each month. Starting on Sunday, June 21 in Downtown/Little Havana, Bike Miami Rides will offer Miami residents an opportunity to learn the rules of the road and enjoy a fun, relaxed, weekend group ride! You’ll ride with officers from the City of Miami Police Bike Unit and volunteers, as well."
Get all the details @ Bike Miami Days
"This death defying extraveganza of a bicycle race is probably the purest source of 100% grade A adrenaline one could obtain on a regular basis here in our not-so-fair city. An event organized by I Am Your Villain, the Loose Cannons race is a monthly occurance, on the first Thursday of every month. This is perfect timing for most Miamians, considering this is right after we've paid our exorbitant rent, ridiculous credit card bills, and are generally left with the sensation that hurdling through traffic is the only prevention to an onset of deep depression."
Read the entire post over at Arthur's I Really Hate Miami blog.
from Green Mobility Network
"From the Dadeland area we'll ride into Miami and back on Sunday, June 7, with a pizza stop on the return leg. This will be an easy 12-mile ride for adults, and a good way to learn how to navigate the Dadeland Gap. Gary Mendenhall is the ride leader, and you can write to him at email@example.com.
Meet at 5 p.m. at Panera Bread, 8870 SW 72nd Court (across from Dadeland and a minute northeast of Metrorail's Dadeland South station). There is parking in front of Old Navy and Office Depot.
This will be a fun ride with an educational twist. You'll learn how to navigate the Dadeland Gap between the M-Path and the South Dade Trail, as well as some of the tricky intersections near U.S. 1.
No charge, no registration, but we'd like to know you're coming."
Photo from The M-Path to Enlightenment