Miami Critical Mass : In Memory of Rodolfo Rojo

Over 100 cyclists gathered last night at Governmenet Center to participate in a very special Critical Mass ride. The group was joined by the family & friends of Rodolfo Rojo, a teen who was struck and killed by a speeding car on October 30th. Memorial t-shirts courtesy of his friends & family were given to the attendees before the start of the ride. An image of Rodolfo was on the front of the shirt with the message "Live life to the fullest", a bicycle and "Share the Road" was on the back.



Shortly after 7pm the group took to the streets, we started in downtown Miami and traversed north on Biscayne Blvd to 114th street to pay tribute. A Ghost Bike was placed just a few yards from where Rodolfo was struck and killed. Bradley Kelly, one of Rojo's best friends who was riding with him and witnessed the tragedy that night set up the memorial.

At the memorial site we were awaited by more family & friends of Rojo. Cyclists converged to pay their respects and placed white roses on the ghost bike, the group then released balloons in unison celebrating the life of Rodolfo Rojo. It was a chilly and at moments somber ride last night. I believe everyone invoved was quite touched by the whole experience.

Below is a video from the memorial celebration.



You can read a bit more about Rodolfo Rojo and the organization he was a part of here. It's obvious he had a very bright future ahead of him.

Though Rodolfo's untimely death received little to no media attention soon after the tragedy, it now appears to be finally getting the recognition it deserves.

Local Spanish news station América TeVé 41 was present, their news story aired last night and can be seen below.



The Miami Herald ( Friday 11/27 edition) also covered Rodolfo's death & the Critical Mass ride in his honor. The piece can be read in it's entirety by clicking on the image below.



I hope passerby's see the Ghost Bike and are reminded that a young man lost his life here because of someone's recklessness.

Rodolfo Rojo 1991-2009

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Bicycle Film Festival : Miami December 10 - 12



Volunteers needed!
Click HERE to volunteer for the Miami BFF

THURSDAY DECEMBER 10
10PM | SPRINT RACE AND PARTY

Loose Cannons: BFF Edition! - 9 Mile Sprint Race
Race Starts at SOFLO Skate & Bike Shop - 3301 Grand Avenue (Coconut Grove)
Race Ends at BFF Opening Party
The News Lounge - 5580 NE 4th Court
DJ Maneuvers

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FRIDAY DECEMBER 11
7PM | RECEPTION, GROUP RIDE AND GOLDSPRINTS

7:00PM - RECEPTION with projections at Keirin Cycles - 235 A 9th Street (Miami Beach)
9:00PM - GROUP RIDE from reception to Goldsprints Party
10:00PM - GOLDSPRINTS PARTY
The American Legion - 6445 NE 7th Avenue (1 block east of Biscayne Blvd)

Brought to you by Keirin Cycles
DJ El Capitan
Performance by BFGF

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SATURDAY DECEMBER 12
2PM | BFF MIAMI ALLEYCAT, BIKE MOVIES AND AFTER PARTY

BFF MIAMI ALLEYCAT
2:00PM - Registration $5
3:00PM - Race
Start: Government Center - 101 NW First Street
End: Colony Theater - 1040 Lincoln Road (Lenox/Lincoln)

BIKE MOVIES
5:00PM | PROGRAM 1 - Tour des Legendes
7:00PM | PROGRAM 2 - Where Are You Go
9:00PM | PROGRAM 3 - Urban Bike Shorts

Admission price per program is $10.00.
Order your tickets online before they sell out!

You can save a few dollars by purchasing a BFF Miami Festival Pass which will admit you to all 3 Bicycle Film Festival screenings.
BUY TICKETS



AFTER PARTY
Group ride to party leaves after the last screening
Presented by POPLIFE

10:00PM - Electric Pickle - 2826 North Miami Avenue
DJ Treasure Fingers
Admission FREE for BFF attendees

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Lance Armstrong x Nike : STAGES Miami Dec 4-6



Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, 2009
12-8pm

O.H.W.O.W.
888 Biscayne Blvd.
(Across from American Airlines Arena)
Miami, FL 33132

Show your support for people battling cancer, if you see me out and about ask me for a LIVESTRONG wristband, courtesy of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I hope to see everyone sporting the yellow wristbands at the exhibit. Also, be on the lookout for the limited O.H.W.O.W. cycling hats which are quite awesome. NO KIDDIN!

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Medicine For Melancholy : Bike-in Movie

Monday, November 30th
Meet at Government Center at 7pm



Join us Sunday night as we embark on a group bicycle ride from Government Center to a FREE showing of Medicine for Melancholy at Sweat Records. This is in conjunction with the Borscht Film Festival. The weather is supposed to be nice that evening.

About the film:

"A love story of bikes and one-night stands told through two African-American twenty-somethings dealing with issues of class, identity, and the evolving conundrum of being a minority in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco-a city with the smallest proportional black population of any other major American city."



Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

Film starts at 8pm

Free CCCV cocktails (Jupina & Rum) may be served. CCCV is the Roman numeral for 305.

We will return to Government Center once the film is over.
It's a nice commute, approximately 9 miles round trip.

*Please bring lights for your bicycles. A bicycle lock is also recommended.

About Borscht:

"The Borscht Film Festival (est. 2005) is Miami's fresh local independent film fest. We are a yearly event held at iconic Miami venues that commissions and showcases films created by emerging artists telling Miami stories that go beyond the typical portrayal of the city as a beautiful but vapid party town, forging the cinematic identity of the city. We are the home of the CCCV New Wave."

About the director:

Barry Jenkins, director of Medicine for Melancholy is born and raised in Liberty City.

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Bicycle Film Festival : Alley Cat Race 12/12/09



Saturday December 12th, 2009

Registration @ 2pm [$5 Entry]

Starts @ Government Center
101 NW First St
Miami, FL. 33128

Meet by the orange peels (NW 2nd Ave/1st St)


Ends @ Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road (Lincoln/Lenox)
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Lucas Brunelle will be in Miami to film the alleycat. Check out his intense videos if you're not familiar with his work.

Prizes for the alleycat winners will be awarded inside the Colony Theater.

Bike Movies at the Colony Theater start at 5pm

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Cranksgiving : Camillus House Video + Photos

Some footage of the ride to Camillus House from Government Center after Cranksgiving to donate collected non-perishables. Here's some photos courtesy of Camillus House.

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More photos from Cranksgiving!



Photos by Charles Marten.

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Cranksgiving : Le Mans Start Video

Here's a short clip from the Le Mans start at Cranksgiving Saturday afternoon.

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Cranksgiving : Recap

Excellent turnout this afternoon with just over 100 cyclists at the first annual Miami Cranksgiving. We collected a lot of food for those in need this holiday season. Below is a brief breakdown of the winners though it's safe to say we're all winners today!

1st - Ariel M. (Time 1:05)
2nd- Kayd M. (Time 1:10)
3rd - Stephan I. (Time 1:13) <-- technically 4th, 2nd Fixed
1st Fixed - Marty R. (3rd overall) (Time 1:10)
2nd Fixed - Chris Camargo (5th overall) <-- technically 3rd Fixed
1st Out Of Towner - TIII from WPB (7th overall)
1st Female - Jen Whalen (12th overall)
1st MTB - Prem B. (14th overall)
2nd Female - Belinda R. (15th overall)
Most Charitable - Tom Blazejack
DFL (Dead F#cking Last) - Ivan N.

The winners all received some prizes & bonus prizes were also given out to random people at the end. We asked a few Thanksgiving trivia questions and tossed out some bike swag into the crowd. Thanks to all the sponsors for contributing to this race.

Special thanks to Tony Blazejack & Gary Medenhall whom without them this would not be possible. Also to the three off & on volunteers we had at the race! Your help was greatly appreciated! (Big Ed, Vin, Arthur)

Here's a few photos from before & after the event.




Below is a list of the the participants in the order in which they registered. (missed a few, sorry)

Diego M
Danny G
Chris C
Charles M
TIII
Lorelai
Useless Derek
Patty H
Omar L
Billy M
Andres T
Daus S
Ricardo M
Lissette L
Ivan N
Marty R
Lawrence L
Ralph A
Lisa J
Karen R
Jorge R
Justin B
Prem B
Belinda R
Mike P
Mike C
Alex G
Andrew C
Mike M
Brian T
Loveland
Erik S
Harry B
John C
Anne V
Stephanie S
Nicci R
Anthony N
Fabian G
Martin A
Anthea P
Fernando H
Eddy G
Cristian M
Didi V
Kris H
Mariana
Jordan M
Tom B
Kayd M
Liz W
Billy H
Melissa S
Devin R
Andrew K
James R
Jason L
Lidia N
Randall M
Adam S
Leah W
Philip C
Jen W
Ariel M
German M
Jeff C
Bryan M
Angel P
Morgan R
Ralfael A
Jess B
Dario G
Geo V
Marlon G
Olga C
Raul B
Ken D
Bear
Kathy J
Eddy S
Ralph W
Chris D
Gisely K
Juan L
Dieter B
Stephan I
David M
Justin P
Jack S
Johan R
Jorge J
Nina T
Oscar R
Maria R
Megan P
Benny P


Here's a panoramic photo from outside Camillus House


Photo by Charles Martens

More details, photos & videos later. Must go drink beers!

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Cranksgiving Details + Prizes

Here are some very important details concerning Cranksgiving tomorrow.

Participants need to be at Government Center at 2pm. Do not show up late.
Bring $10, a bicycle, and a bag or basket to carry the items.
All bicycles are welcomed. Helmets encouraged.

We will not meet near the escalators/Metromover like we usually do for Friday Critical Mass. Instead we will meet a few yards west by "the orange peels" near the corner of NW 2nd Ave/1st St. We're doing this to be out of the way of pedestrians/public transit commuters & to avoid religious zealots.



Participants will have two options. The fast cyclists actually racing will go to all 5 checkpoints (17 miles) and will be competing for all the prizes. The slower people will have to hit up just 3 checkpoints (estimated 6-8 miles), these cyclists will only be competing for "Most Charitable".

More details will be given out at the race.. I cannot stress enough to be there by 2pm

Prizes for Cranksgiving have been added to the Cranksgiving Miami blog. If you haven't checked out the blog I suggest you do so now.

We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st Fixed Gear, 1st Female, 1st MTB, 1st Out Of Towner, DFL, and Most Charitable.

Gary Mendenhall who has been helping Tony Blazejack and I with the race will be providing homemade oatmeal cookies & Gatorade to participants. O.N.E. Drinks will also be there at the finish of the race giving cyclists drinks.

Once the race is finished and everyone is accounted for we will issue prizes to the winners and possibly raffle off a few extra items. We will then ride a few blocks north to the Camillus House to donate all the non-perishable items collected.

Remember this is a charity race. Ride safe & be courteous. Hope to see you tomorrow.

Government Center
101 NW First St
Miami, FL. 33128

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Critical Mass : Friday, November 27th



Friday, November 27th @ 6:30pm
Government Center
101 NW First St
Downtown Miami

This month we have a very special Critical Mass ride planned. We will be riding north on Biscayne Blvd towards Miami Shores & surrounding areas. The ride will be passing through Downtown, Edgewater, Design District, Little Haiti, Upper East Side, Miami Shores, and North Miami. 20 miles total.

This ride will be dedicated to the memory of Rodolfo Rojo, a 17 y/o who was killed by a speeding car on October 30th, 2009. Rodolfo was planning on attending his first Critical Mass (Halloween) on the date the tragedy took place. Unfortunately this young man's life was cut short by a careless driver. Please join us on this memorial ride where we'll be stopping by the scene of the accident, a ghost bike will be placed for Rodolfo at this location. My sincere condolences to his mother Claudia Fernandez and siblings who will be joining us on the ride.

Invite all your friends with bicycles. This is a night ride so please bring lights for safety!



Note: Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel.

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Battle of Kendall : BMX Street Contest



Sunday, December 13th 2009
3pm

Westwind Lakes Skatepark
6805 SW 152 Ave
Miami, FL. 33193

$12

More info: Atmosphere Bikes

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Cranksgiving Spoke Cards



Cranksgiving spoke cards are done. Are you ready?

Saturday, November 21st!
2pm

Government Center
101 NW First St
Miami, FL. 33128

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Tour de France 7 Town Shoe Collection : Art Basel

"Internationally acclaimed artist Logan Real partners with PressitOn USA to showcase the Tour de France Collection of 7 town shoes along the TDF route. The seven town include: Annecy, Barcelone, Limoges, Monaco, Paris, Verbiel and Vittel. The painted collection on Lacoste will display in each of the seven towns mentioned above in 2010 with all proceeds to benefit Livestong and the Lance Armstrong Foundation for Cancer Research and Development."



PressitOn USA
Friday, December 4, 2009
6-9pm

4100 North Miami Avenue (Design District)
Miami, FL 33137

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Bike Valet @ Book Fair



Cyclists received $3 off their admission to the Miami Book Fair International today. This service will also be available tomorrow, Sunday November 15th. Simply arrive on bike, have it parked for free & get the coupon. Bike valet courtesy Green Mobility Network.

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Loose Cannons : Poker Run



Loose Cannons Poker Run : Art Basel

Thursday, December 3rd
10pm

Starts @ Keirin Cycles
235 A 9th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Person with the best poker hand wins the race!

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Busway Sprints in The Miami Herald



Miami Bike Scene & Busway Sprints were mentioned in the Monday, November 9th edition of The Miami Herald, a blurb titled "Best of the Blogs" in section B.

Note: Love the Ralph Kramden reference, but next time the Miami Herald should use a proper photo of Jackie Gleason depicting the ill-tempered bus driver, not one of him sporting a ship captain's cap.

BTW, the link provided (http://tr.im.EgU0) is invalid.




Busway Sprints this Friday the 13th!

Thanks to Kurt Kaminer for the scan of the newspaper.

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Emerge / Meetup Critical Mass : Saturday Nov 14th



Emerge Miami / Meetup
Saturday, November 14th @ 10am

Government Center
101 NW First St
Miami, FL 33128

"The ride will meet at the Government Center and riding north. We will be riding north and west full route to be determined. We will be ending at the Miami Book Fair International, about 5 blocks east of Government Center.
There will be a Bicycle Valet set up at the book fair, and if you want to go in you get a discount for riding your bike. Thanks to the Green Mobility Network for organizing the Bike Valet."

Note: This ride is not organized by the "last Friday of every month" Miami Critical Mass.

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Cranksgiving + STAGES Postcards



Cranksgiving + Lance Armstrong x Nike STAGES postcards have been dropped off at a few South Florida bike shops.

You can pick them up at these locations:

A1 Scoot, Skate & Bike
Bell's Bicycles & Repair
Bikes To Go
Bike Tech
Broken Spoke
Business Cycles
Coral Way Bicycle Shop
Cuba Bicycle Shop
Cycle World
Elite Cycling & Fitness
Enrique's Bicycle Shop
Keirin Cycles
Mack Cycles
MIA Skate Shop
RB Cycles
Revolution
SOFLO Skateboard & Bicycle Shop
Suarez Bicycles Assembly
Tamiami Cyclery
Victor's Bicycles & Supply
Willie's Bicycles

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Bike Miami Rides : Recap



Nice ride this morning with the Bike Miami Rides group. About 50 cyclists rode alongside City of Miami police officers through Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Brickell, The Roads & Viscaya. Aside from the strong winds, the weather was perfect.

These City of Miami rides are a step in the right direction. They help build confidence, community and encourage new cyclists to ride their bikes on the streets.

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Lance Armstrong x Nike : STAGES Miami



"We invite you to join Lance Armstrong and Nike at STAGES.

It’s a unique celebration of human potential inspired by Lance and dedicated to the fight against cancer.

Over twenty renowned artists offered their time and creativity to express the LIVESTRONG message and raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation which is committed to inspire and empower people affected by cancer. Join the fight."

Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, 2009

O.H.W.O.W.
888 Biscayne Blvd.
(Across from American Airlines Arena)
Miami, FL 33132

Artists: Cai Guo-Qiang, Rosson Crow, Jules de Balincourt, Dzine, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Andreas Gursky, KAWS, Geoff McFetridge, Yoshitomo Nara, Catherine Opie, Os Gemeos, Erik Parker, José Parlá, Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Kenny Scharf, Eric White, Christopher Wool, Dustin Yellin and Aaron Young.

* Tomoo Gokita , Clayton Brothers, and Erik Parker have been added to the list of artist.

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After Dark : Time Lapse Video

Here's a brief video recorded on October 8th during a quick jaunt from Simpson Park to Churchill's Pub. This was my first outing experimenting with my camera mount and the time-lapse feature on my camera. I never got around to posting this video it because I didn't like it, I came across it tonight and figured maybe someone would be interested in seeing it before I trashed it.

Note: Two days after this was taken I filmed the Emerge Saturday morning ride (see video) using the same technique and have not used the camera mount since.

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Bike Miami Ride : Sunday, November 8th


Photo by Allison Diaz/Miami Herald

Bike Miami Rides
Sunday, November
8:30am

Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive
Coconut Grove, FL. 33133

"Join City of Miami Police Officers, Bicycle Coordinator Collin Worth and Emerge Miami volunteers for a bicycle ride throughout Coconut Grove, the Roads, Little Havana and Downtown Miami. Meet at City Hall at 8:30am. We’ll check everyone’s bicycle and helmet, go through the rules of the road, and then head out for a fun ride through Miami’s city streets. After about an hour and a half, we’ll be done with the ride and invite you to join us for lunch somewhere in Coconut Grove."

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17 y/o bicyclist killed by speeding car



"On the morning of October 30th, 2009, one of my closest friends and fellow cyclist Rodolfo Rojo age 17 was killed by a speeding vehicle on Biscayne Boulevard between Miami Shores and North Miami while we were on the way home from our friends house. We had just got him on a bike a week before and he was thrilled with the thought of using a bicycle as a form of transportation. I convinced him many times that it was safe to ride in the streets with lights.

Rodolfo Rojo attended DCS (Doctors Charter School) and is remembered dearly by his family, friends and teachers who attended his viewing Sunday afternoon at the Gregg L. Mason Funeral Home in Miami Shores.

Rodolfo had the proper safety lights on his bicycle, yet a speeding car took his life. The reality of what happened has really made me believe safety is the most important thing when it comes to cycling.

Rodolfo was the funniest most positive guy I grew up with and has really made me who I am today. I think we can all learn from what has happened and know that when we push our pedals we are not invincible. Losing a best friend had never crossed my mind before and now it has become my reality. Hopefully we can raise awareness of cyclists using the street so this will not happen to anybody else.

All my love goes out to his mother Claudia and his two sisters Emilia, age 12, and Ana who just turned 16 today, Monday November 2nd."

Sincerely
Bradley Kelly


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There will be a memorial bicycle ride for Rodolfo Rojo. I never had the pleasure of meeting Rodolfo, he was planning on attending his first Critical Mass the day of the accident. My condolences to all of his family & friends during this difficult time.

Sincerely
Rydel

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Cranksgiving Food Drive Alleycat : Sponsors



Big thanks to all our sponsors for their support. Expect to see fliers around town by the end of this week.

A1 Scoot, Skate & Bike
Cinelli
Elite Cycling & Fitness
Headset Clothing
IDitall
Keirin Cycles
Knog
MIA Fixed
O.N.E. Drinks
Origin-8
Pikey Bags
The Shadow Conspiracy
SOFLO Skate & Bike Shop
Subrosa
Urban Velo



Cranksgiving Food Drive Alleycat Race 2009
Saturday, November 21st
2:00pm signup, 2:30pm start

More details here.

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Busway Sprints : Friday the 13th



Busway Sprints are back by popular demand, hopefully the weather is in our favor this season.

Meet @ the bus station across from Whole Foods
US1 & SW 117 St (Pinecrest)

1/4 mi sprints will be held on the South-Dade Busway.

Friday , November 13th 2009
8:30pm

Directions here.

Here's a video from the first Busway Sprints in April.

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October Critical Mass : Photos







Photos by Jaime Salazar

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October Critical Mass : Video

Close to 300 cyclists showed up to the Critical Mass ride this past Friday, quite unbelievable since we only had about 30 riders on last years Halloween ride. As expected lots of folks showed up in costumes, great ride & vibe throughout the night. Lots of pedestrians cheering us on from the sidewalks in Little Havana, that's typically the neighborhood we get the best response in. For a group so large, we actually got through the intersections quickly. We have a rather civilized group compared to CM in some other cities, definitely something to be proud of.. let's try to keep it that way.

The video is composed of only the first half of the ride (Little Havana, Mary Brickell Village & Downtown Miami). I often make these videos for fun & to document local cycling events, quite frankly though I did not enjoy editing this video & decided to stop midway. There's bonus footage after the ending titles of the group rolling back into Government Center. If anyone has video and/or photos you are encouraged to add them to the Miami Critical Mass Facebook group.

This month's ride falls the day after Thanksgiving. Friday, November 27th

Note: Critical Mass was in the front page of Sundays (11/1) Miami Herald, I foresee the group continuing to grow slightly though Nov/Dec typically has less atendees due to the holidays.

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