Bicycling's BikeTown Miami Winners





Miami was one of seven cities selected by Bicycling Magazine to participate in their Bike Town USA essay contest. This afternoon, selected winners met at the Tina Hills Pavilion in Bayfront Park to claim their prizes. About 25-30 winners each received a Jamis Commuter 1 bicycle, Lazer Helmet w/ Integrated Light System & OnGuard U-lock to protect their prize against thieves!

Congrats to all the lucky winners, I hope you enjoy your new bicycles!

Thanks to Jamis Bicycles, City Of Miami, MetLife & Elite Cycling & Fitness for making this possible.

Most of all, thanks to Bicycling Magazine for acknowledging Miami this year after listing the Magic City as one of the worst cities for cycling just last year. Within the past year the city has made changes towards becoming more bike friendly & Bicycling Magazine took notice. Hopefully someday the City Of Miami will be recognized for being one of the best cities for cycling, this obviously will require lots of hard work, education, funds and time.

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Loose Cannons : September 3rd, 2009



Thursday, September 3rd
10pm

MIA Skate Shop
229 9th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Get directions to MIA Skate Shop here.

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Finish @ The News Lounge
55th NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137

Winner gets $50 bar tab
$2 beers for all bike riders

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Bicycle Education/Safety Campaign



Photos by Bert Rodriguez

It's been a long time coming. These new bus shelter ads can be seen around Biscayne Blvd & N. Miami Ave (Wynwood-Edgewater).

For more information go to:

City Of Miami Bicycle Initiatives
http://miamigov.com/bike

Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization
http://www.miamidade.gov/MPO

If you spot any of these around the city I encourage you to leave a comment below stating where you saw one and include a photo if possible. For example, the "Bikes May Use Full Lane" ad is on N. Miami Ave/25th St.

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BFF Orlando Recap + Photos





All photos by Raniel Paul Dantic

Fun times were had this weekend at the Bicycle Film Festival in Orlando, FL.

We arrived late on Friday so we missed the GoldSprints @ Back Booth, the dudes from Keirin Cycles provided the bikes/rollers for the races. The sprints were over by the time we got there so we just stayed at the bar and drank a few beers.

Saturday was the Shred Yo Face Race and it was a blast! I believe there were 65-70 registered racers. During the course of this race I : missed a checkpoint, picked the whiskey shot instead of milk or beer, dropped my water bottle while trying to get the whiskey taste out of my mouth, almost choked to death due to eating a spoonful of cinnamon, felt the burn of cinnamon on my face/eyes, and last but not least pulled my right calf muscle a few blocks before the finish. And to top it off I lost my manifest sometime after the cinnamon/crackers checkpoint @ Alchemy. Good times eh? I looked like I came from a baseball game instead of a bike race, I had cinnamon all over and I looked like I stole 2nd base. Next time I'll opt to eat the crackers. Congrats to Pete (Tampa) on the win! Thanks to Anthony(2nd), Luke(3rd) & Hood(4th) for letting me tag along, I would've been lost without you dudes.

The race finished at the Avalon Theater where the BFF was being held. I was able to catch the 9 o'clock "Urban Bike Shorts" program. It consisted of 16 short films, my favorites were "On Time" , "Belle Epoch", "Broadway Bomber/Bridge Battle" and "Anima D'Acciaio". Free drinks were provided courtesy of 42 Below throughout the film festival.

On Sunday afternoon everyone went to the 3rd Annual Dirty South BBQ in the Milk District to close off the weekend. Free drinks, DJs & bands. Orlando has a nice community, looking forward to more races there.

Check out Raniel's blog for lots of photos. He did a great job of documenting this past weekend's events.

Thanks to Jen Whalen & all the volunteers + sponsors for making this happen.

For all those that missed out, the Bicycle Film Festival comes to Miami, FL. December. Come show your support.

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Ft. Lauderdale Monthly Ride


Sunday, August 30th 2009
Meet up @ Holiday Park 5pm
Group takes off at 6pm

The ride ends at Kelley's Landing (13th Ave/SE 17th St) for some food & drinks.

Here's a link to the route

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Bike BBQ Beer Beach Bash! October 18, 2009



Bike BBQ Beer Beach Bash!

Presented by the Florida Bicycle Association.

Sunday, October 18, 2009
7:30am - 4pm
Ocean Manor
4040 Galt Ocean Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

"To kickoff the 2009-2010 cycling season with a bash benefitting the FBA’s Share the Road™ program. Don’t miss this amazing event, which includes the ride, an all day beach party, BBQ buffet, beer and tons of fun! Activities for the kids with balloons, snowcones and much more!"

Family Route: 30 miles; A1A Route: 65 miles

$35 Adult
$10 Child

Register at zMotion

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Critical Mass : Friday August 28th



Friday, August 28th @ 6:30pm
Government Center
101 NW First St
Downtown Miami

Another ambitious ride this month, got to take advantage of daylight saving time. As expected the ride begins from Government Center in Downtown Miami. We will be traveling towards Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. We'll then head south via Ponce De Leon passing through Merrick Park & the University Of Miami before riding around Sunset Place. We'll be traversing back east through historic Sunset Drive, turning north on Douglas Road towards 8th Street. Once on Calle Ocho we'll pass through (cultural fridays) while moving back east towards Downtown Miami. 21 miles total. Get excited!

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, it's the law! We usually leave at 7pm sharp but it's recommended to arrive earlier.

Here's a link to this month's tentative route via Bikely




Here's a video from last month's ride.



Please add the "last Friday of the month" Miami Critical Mass group on Facebook or Myspace if you have not already done so.

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Bike Miami Ride : Sunday, August 23rd


Photo by Allison Diaz/Miami Herald

"Sunday August 23rd at 8:30am: Meet at Mary Brickell Village (in the open space between S. Miami Avenue and SE 1st Avenue and behind Starbucks & Balans) for our third Bike Miami Ride. Ride and learn how to be a better, safer, more confident cyclist with volunteers and City of Miami Police officers. Completely free. Bring your bike, helmet and a bottle of water for the ride through Little Havana, Brickell and the Roads neighborhoods."

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Fixed On Miami



Running Roots Productions are making a fixed-gear cycling film in Miami this summer.

"Fixed on Miami will be a pseudo documentary about fixed gear biking in Miami. It will have a loose story line that takes course over one full day. The velodrome, bike messenging, bike polo, tricks, scenic rides, urban rides, events and group rides, as well as comedic moments and everyday fixed gear riding in awesome locations will be featured. We are currently writing the screenplay, scouting locations, shooting a bit, and casting for the film. We have a strong concept that will be highly stylized, but also very real. This will not be an on the fly type of documentary film. Each shot will be carefully thought out before shooting."

If you wish to be a part of the film you should contact them at info@runningroots.com

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Keirin OpenSprints @ PS14 : August 13th



Thursday, August 13th, 2009
10:30pm

PS14
28 NE 14th St
Miami, FL 33132

$5 Entry Fee (to race)
$1 Red Stripe beer until 1am & giveaways!

No Brainer Thursdays
DJs Benton & Juan

Brought to you by the folks over @ Keirin Cycles

Get directions to PS14.

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Bicycle Film Festival : Orlando August 21-23



Friday, August 21st

Pre-Goldsprints hangout at @ Ace Metric bike shop
1313 Sligh Blvd
4pm-6:30pm

Group ride to Backbooth @ 6:30pm

Goldsprints @ Backbooth 7pm
37 West Pine Street
Downtown Orlando

Saturday, August 22nd

Shred Yo Face Race
$5 Registration/Party Starts @ Ace Metric 3pm
1313 Sligh Blvd

End: Theatre @ Avalon Island
39 S. Magnolia Ave



Bike Movies Buy Tickets

3:00 PM | PROGRAM 1 - Road to Roubaix
5:00 PM | PROGRAM 2 - BMX Program
7:00 PM | PROGRAM 3 - Fun Bike Shorts
9:00 PM | PROGRAM 4 - Urban Bike Shorts



Afterparty @ Bar-B-Q Bar 10pm
64 North Orange Ave
Downtown Orlando

Sunday, August 23rd
Dirty South Bike BBQ in the Milk District
noon-8pm



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I encourage South Florida cyclists to carpool up to Orlando, it's going to be a great weekend. If for some reason you cannot make it, then you're in luck because the Bicycle Film Festival comes to Miami in December.

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Key West Alleycat : Saturday, August 8th



Saturday, August 8th, 2009
$5 White Street Pier (Key West) 6pm

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Q & A



Justin over at South Florida Fixed does a weekly Q&A piece with cyclists. This weeks Q&A segment features yours truly. Read it here.

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City of Miami Bike Summit #2



The second summit will present the draft bicycle master plan. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide input and help shape the final Bicycle Master Plan.

Wednesday, August 19th.
6:00-9:00pm
Grapeland Park Recreation Center
1550 NW 37th Avenue, Miami, Fl 33126

We will probably organize a group ride via MIA Fixed from South Miami/Coconut Grove to the summit like we did last time. Stay tuned for more details.

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Bicycling's BikeTown USA



Miami is one of seven cities selected by Bicycling Magazine to participate in their Bike Town USA contest. You can enter to win a Jamis Commuter 1 bike by submiting a 50-word essay telling them how a new bike would change your world. Essay form available here. Time's running out!



BikeTown 2009 @ Bayfront Park
Thursday, August 27th
11am - 2pm
Miami, FL

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July Critical Mass : Recap + Video

Amazing Critical Mass this past Friday. An estimated 85-90 cyclists showed up & participated in the monthly ride, this was our largest group thus far. Lots of new & enthusiastic riders, we even had one speed skater join us. The group rode north on Biscayne Blvd towards Miami Shores and then east over the Broadway Causeway passing though Bay Harbor Islands and Surfside. We then proceeded south through Miami Beach & back west into downtown via the Venetian Causeway. We ended the ride at the Firefly Bike Collective for their fundraiser event. Thanks to all those who came from near & far to participate in this monthly ride. Also special thanks to those who volunteer & cork at the intersections, this monthly ride is getting bigger and the more volunteers we have the better.

If you have pictures or videos from the ride you are encouraged to upload them to the Miami Critical Mass Facebook group.

Total distance ridden was 23 miles, the longest ride Miami Critical Mass has gone on. We usually ride only 12-15 miles. For those interested, here is a link to the route.



Here is the video from the July 31st ride.



Please add the "last Friday of the month" Miami Critical Mass group on Facebook or Myspace if you have not already done so.

Next month's Critical Mass ride will be on Friday, August 28th.

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Keirin Cycles : Promo Video

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