Cyclists use caution on the Rickenbacker this weekend!

The finals of the Sony Ericsson Open & Miami Seaquarium Easter Egg Hunt are both taking place this busy holiday weekend. Due to these events there will be an increase in vehicle traffic on the Rickenbacaker Causeway (Key Biscayne). Cyclists are advised to use caution. Spread the word.


Sunset Drive Repaving Project Workshop : Recap

Very good turnout at the FDOT workshop this afternoon, it was nice to see the cycling community come out and voice their opinions for this project. Most of those in attendance rode their bicycles to the meeting and showed genuine concern over FDOT's resurfacing plans for Sunset Drive/SW 72nd Street.

FDOT's current plan is for a 'shared use lane'. It's clear that the majority of those in attendance wanted bike lanes, however the present plan does not include bike lanes, instead they wish to widen an 11' lane to 14' and add some "Share The Road" signage. Yes, that's what FDOT is presenting to us! A wider lane which will only encourage cars to speed and some signs reminding motorists to share the road.

On the positive side of things a new sidewalk will be paved on the north side of Sunset Drive. Currently there is no sidewalk for pedestrians to use on that stretch of road. Below are a few illustrations of the proposed plan.

Various recommendations were made to FDOT by those in attendance. Some asked for an even narrower median, to accommodate the 4' needed for a bike lane (current plans only have 3'). Others suggested keeping both lanes at 11' and adding a 3' foot shoulder instead. I thought sharrows would be a good idea since the "Share The Road" signs alone are not enough but was told the speed limit must be 35mph and under for sharrows. I was also told that FDOT has not yet adopted sharrows into any plans.

I encourage all of you to email Gus Pego, our FDOT District Secretary, and let him know how important bicycle lanes in this project are to you.

You should also contact FDOT Project Manager Hong Benitez, she was the one answering our questions this afternoon. Email or call (305) 470-5471


Miami Critical Mass March : Recap

Good ride this past Friday, with close to 200 cyclists in attendance and a fun route. The weather was crummy through out the day but fortunately cleared up in the late afternoon just in time for our monthly scheduled ride, daylight saving time was also welcomed. The group rode north on Biscayne Blvd passing by Ultra Fest, Edgewater, Morningside, then headed east to North Bay Village and back south to Miami Beach.

The ride ended at BAR where we enjoyed free BBQ chicken & Red Stripe beer, yes the beer was free! Unfortunately bikes were not allowed inside this month since they were full to capacity for a WMC event. I did stress on the invite to bring a lock due to WMC, yet some cyclists appeared surprised when they realized they couldn't bring their bikes inside.

I heard some participants had issues while riding by Ultra Fest on Biscayne Blvd. Some claim it was "too dangerous" and that they were left behind by the group. While I agree that there was a lot of traffic on Biscayne, I will remind folks that the point of Critical Mass is to be seen, and what better place to be seen by motorists, tourists, pedestrians, etc. then by riding by a huge music festival. It should have been no surprise to anyone that we were going by there, we've done it for the past two years and the route was available to the public weeks in advance. I cannot count the amount of times the group stalled to wait for those left behind, even making unnecessary complete stops. During the past 27 months since I've been doing Critical Mass we have never stopped so many times to wait on others, still this group of stragglers never reached us while we were going an average of 12 miles per hour. It's unfortunate people were left behind minutes in to the ride, hopefully these folks are not discouraged by the ride and join us some other time.

*Anyone who attends or plans to attend Miami Critical Mass needs to read this a few times so that maybe some of it sinks into their head. This goes for the imaginary racers, stragglers, and mid-mass gap conversationalists.

Here's a video from the ride courtesy of Eddy


Good Old-Fashioned Bike Race

Saturday, May 15th

Morningside Park
750 NE 55th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

This is a bike race and scanvenger hunt fundraiser to get grassroots folks to the US Social forum. After the race there will be a raffle, food, DJs and prizes.

$10 entrance fee or $20 w/ race t-shirt included.

RSVP here.

For more info contact Julia at (786) 253-3538 or


zMotion Sunrise Classic April 10-11

  • April 10, 2010: Circuit and Time Trial at BankAtlantic Center
  • April 11, 2010: Criterium at Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
  • Entry Fee is $35/rider for the Circuit races and $15/rider for Time Trial. Same-day additional race $15. Kids (9 & Under) race FREE. One-day race licenses can be purchased for $10. $5 late fee per race day. Races will be held rain or shine.
  • Spectators: no entry fee

For additional information visit zMotion.


2010 Florida Bike Summit

Thursday April 8, 2010
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Florida Capitol Courtyard
402 South Monroe
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Be a part of the solution to advance Florida as the best state to ride a bicycle.

  • Meet with legislators throughout the day
  • Connect with other bicycle advocates
  • Ride to the Capitol from the St. Marks Trailhead at 9:00 am
  •   (Secured bicycle parking in the Courtyard)

    Visit Florida Bicycle Association for more information.


    Best Friends Forever Alleycat : WPB

    Saturday April 10th
    2pm Registration. 3pm Race.

    1600 N Dixie HWY (SE corner of S. Lakeside Ct/N Dixie Hwy)
    West Palm Beach, FL 33407

    This is a "2 Person Team" alleycat race hence the "BFF" title/theme. It's best if you show up with a friend, otherwise you will probably be paired up with a stranger.

    $5 entry per participant. $10 w/o a helmet.


    Loose Cannons : April 1st 2010

    Thursday, April 1st

    Starts @
    Kill Your Idol
    222 Espanola Way
    Miami Beach, FL 33139

    Ends @
    The News Lounge
    5580 NE 4th Court
    Miami, FL 33137

    Winner gets $50 bar tab.
    $2 beers for all cyclists.

    Prize will be split between 1st road bike & 1st fixed gear bike. If overall 1st is fixed gear they win full $50 bar tab.

    *Lights & helmets encouraged.

    Here's a video from Loose Cannons Oct '09


    Bicycle Weekend Guide March 26-28

    Quite a few cycling events going on this weekend with a bit of something for everyone: bike to school/work, community rides, bicycle films screening, century ride, and track racing. Hopefully you can make it out to some of these events listed below.

    Friday, March 26th

    Bike To Campus Day : MDC Wolfson
    Grab your bikes and ride to work/school.
    All day

    Miami Critical Mass
    Last Friday of the month ride.

    Saturday, March 27th

    Livable Cities & Safe Streets
    Films @ UM Cosford Cinema. Fundraiser for Green Mobility Network

    Winter Series Track Fest
    Omnium races at the velodrome.

    Sunday, March 28th

    Everglades Snowbird Century
    25,41,62 and 100 Miles through rural South Miami-Dade County.

    Bike Miami Rides
    Explore the city in a different way.


    Thursday Night Criterium Series

    Thursday Night Criterium Series
    Road Course
    USA Cycling permit pending

    Brian Piccolo Park
    9501 Sheridan Street
    Cooper City, FL 33024

    April 1-8-15-22-29
    May 6-13-20-27
    June 3-10-17-24
    July 1-8-15-22-29
    Aug 5-12-19-26
    Sept 2-9-16-23-30

    $250 Monthly Purse to top five points carriers.

    Race Starts at 6:30pm. Entry fee $8 (Insurance Included)

    Open to Categories 1-2-3-4 only!

    For more information, please call the Velodrome Office (954) 437-2626 after 3pm


    Bike Miami Rides : Sunday, March 28th

    Sunday, March 28th

    Miami City Hall
    3500 Pan American Drive
    Miami, FL 33133

    "The ride will be starting at City Hall 3500 Pan American Drive at 9am, we will be doing the A-B-C quick check to make sure bikes are road ready. We will be riding around Coconut Grove, Brickell, the Roads and Little Havana.

    Bike Miami Rides are a great way to build cycling confidence while riding on road, they are a fun great way to explore the city in a different way. For more information please email Collin Worth at (305) 416-1022"


    More Videos from Coral Gables Tweed Ride

    Here's two additional videos from the Coral Gables Tweed Ride held on Saturday March 20th, 2010.


    Coral Gables Tweed Ride : Recap & Video

    The first annual Coral Gables Tweed Ride held on Saturday morning was a huge success. About 70 cyclists attended the leisurely ride & tour through Historic Coral Gables which was organized by Gary Medenhall of Green Mobilty Network.

    Professor David Rifkind, School of Architecture at Florida International University narrated the tour and gave insightful information about the various landmarks we visited during the ride. We made brief stops by the Coral Way Entrance, Alhambra Water Tower, Country Club Prado Entrance, City Hall (where the group was greeted by Mayor Don Slesnick), Venetian Pool, and the Biltmore Hotel.

    It was great seeing so many cyclists adorned in old-timey fashion. The judges of the costume contest had some tough choices to make since many of the get-ups were fantastic, awards were issued at Titanic Brewery & Restaurant where the ride ended and participants stayed for food & drinks. Overall it was a very pleasant, insightful & safe ride.

    From left to right:
    (best female steed, most dapper chap, most snappy lass, best facial hair, best male steed)

    More photos from the ride available here and here.

    Check out this excellent video from the Tweed Ride by Francisco Moraga

    Expect another Tweed Ride sometime in Jan/Feb of next year. You have more than enough time to get your vintage attire and bicycle ready.


    Coral Springs Critical Mass : Video

    Video by Derek Flagge

    Yesterday afternoon was the inaugural Coral Springs Critical Mass ride. About 20 cyclists participated in the ride which started at The Walk and ended about 9 miles later at Betti Stradling Memorial Park. The group was composed mostly of young guys trying to encourage cycling throughout their city, they reminded me a lot of the last Friday of the month Miami Critical Mass circa Fall 2007. Hopefully they continue to do this as the presence of cyclists on the streets is needed throughout all of S. Florida.


    Historic Sunset Drive : Road Repaving Project

    "The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is developing a project along State Road (S.R.) 986/SW 72nd Street/Sunset Drive/Marjory Stoneman Douglas Drive Historic Road. The limits of this project extend from SW 84th Place to SW 69th Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in August 2011.

    Project improvements include repaving the existing pavement to extend the life of the road, upgrading drainage, installing new signing and pavement markings, and adding mast arms to traffic signals on 72nd Avenue. A new sidewalk will be constructed on the north side of the roadway, and existing sidewalks and ramps will be ungraded. The existing median will be modified so that a 14-foot outside lane can be provided in both directions to accommodate bicyclists.

    A public information workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 7410 Sunset Drive in South Miami. The workshop provides property owners and interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed roadway improvements while giving you an opportunity to provide input and participate in the project process. Your attendance is encouraged and appreciated."
    - FDOT

    Sunset Drive is a popular thoroughfare for cyclists commuting between West Kendall & South Miami/Coral Gables. On any given morning one can find cyclists riding from the west to their a.m. group rides starting in South Miami/Coconut Grove. I was always under the impression Historic Sunset Drive never had bike lanes due to restrictions based on it's "historic" designation. Knowing that there's a possibility for bike lanes is great news. Less than 1 year ago the City of South Miami had the opportunity to add bike lanes between 72nd Ave and 62nd Ave and they did not, instead they widened the sidewalks and added a few bike racks. Let's hope FDOT comes through on this one and implements 3.2 miles of bike lanes on 72nd St.

    I think Sunset Drive has a lot of potential to have bike lanes all the way through from east to west. Maybe one day it'll boast bikes lanes from SW 152 Ave all the way to Cartagena Plaza (Cocoplum) / 42nd Ave/Old Cutler Rd. There's already bike lanes in Kendale Lakes from SW 127th Ave to SW 147th Ave, though labeling the south side between 137th and 147th a bike lane is more than generous. Also, let's not forget the whopping stretch of bike lanes lane on the south side of Sunset Dr between 56th Ave and 54th Ave (Coral Gables). Two whole blocks! We can dream right?


    Bike MS : Road Riders Safety Course

    March 21st

    Elks Lodge
    6304 SW 78th Street
    South Miami, FL 33143

    This class is designed for cyclist riding the MS Bike Ride.

    For more info and registration visit: Green Mobility Network


    Bike To Campus Day : MDC Wolfson

    Friday, March 26th

    • Raffle tickets for bike gear
    • Learn how to do basic bike maintenance, repairs and safety from 10:30am-2pm
    • Coolest Ride In Town Competition at 5pm
    • Take part in Miami Critical Mass @ Government Center 6:30pm

    Contact Heidi if you have any questions or comments.



    In celebration of Florida Bike Month, Bike-to-Work Day is being observed on March 26th in a few cities. Though less than 10 days away, I've yet to hear of any "bike to work day" rides in S. Florida. Tampa and Orlando seem to be on the right course.


    Broward Critical Mass / BBQ Bike Meet

    Saturday, March 20th

    The Walk
    2816 North University Drive
    Coral Springs, FL 33065


    Here's the route, approximately 10 miles.


    For those who don't know, Broward had a (954) Critical Mass circa 2006-2007. It's been defunct for a few years so it's great to see a new one come forth.


    Ghost Bike is Back

    Yesterday afternoon the Public Works Department relocated the Christophe Le Canne 'ghost bike' just a few yards away from the Bear Cut Bridge, if you recall the memorial was removed from the bridge in early February. I think the new location is ideal and hopefully everyone is pleased with it. The bike was placed up high on a post with some mulch spread around it, I commend PWD for the nice work.

    Thanks to the PWD Rickenbacker Causeway Division for reaching out to the cycling community and handling this with care, I encourage those who complained to thank PWD for their efforts by calling (305) 361-2833 or sending them an email. Cyclists and recreational users of the Rickenbacker voiced their opinions and the Department of Public Works responded accordingly.

    In related news:

    I want to remind everyone that the annual Ride of Silence is on Wednesday, May 19th 2010. The ride's aim is to honor cyclists lost or injured due to motorists, it also promotes Share The Road.

    Meet at 6:30pm at the west parking lot of Miami Seaquarium.

    Here's a video from last year's ride:


    New Bike Lanes NW 2nd Ave

    The east side of NW 2nd Avenue between Coral Way (13th St) & 8th Street was being striped for bike lanes this afternoon, the opposite side was striped yesterday. These new bike lanes connect with the existing Coral Way (3rd Ave) / 15th Rd / S. Miami Ave lanes and the M-Path.


    Fixed Fight 4 | St. Pete

    Saturday, April 24th

    Cafe Bohemia
    937 Central Ave
    St. Petersburg, FL 33705

    Registration starts at 1pm and the race starts at 3pm

    Race info:

    - $5 (race entry and/or trick contest entry)
    - All bikes welcome.
    - No bag is needed to race.
    - Wear a helmet. Even better, if you wear a helmet on race day you'll get a ten second head start!
    - There will be six checkpoints and two volunteers at each checkpoint. This will keep things moving quickly.
    - The only task required at a checkpoint is that you stop to get credit for being there.
    - Awards will be given to top finishers on fixed gear bikes. If you came in first on a multi-geared or freewheel single speed you will not be considered for a top place finish. This is FIXED Fight and you will be awarded as such. Brakes are fine and in most cases encouraged. All bikes are welcome and even those non-fixed bikes have a chance at other prizes.

    More info:


    Emerge Miami : Florida City Ride

    Saturday, March 13th

    Dadeland South Metrorail Station
    9150 Dadeland Boulevard
    Miami, FL 33156

    Ride 40+ miles at leisurely pace via South Miami-Dade Busway.

    "In celebration of Bike Month, we'll be meeting up at the Dadeland South Metro-Rail Station. From there we'll be riding around the to Florida City, yes Florida City. This is a long ride and you'll need ample water and suncreen. The ride goes south on the Bike Lanes that run parallel to the Bus Lane, and it's a straight shot. We'll stop at Robert Is Here and hit up super good super cheap Mexican restaurant before the return trip. Fortunately for those that may not be able to make the return trip you can always jump on the bus and ride back to Dadeland South. Looking forward to this trek with you all." -Emerge Miami


    Everglades Snowbird Century Ride

    Sunday, March 28th

    Homestead Air Reserve Park
    26851 SW 127th Avenue (Enter from 268th at 122nd Avenue)
    Homestead, FL 33032

    25, 41, 62 & 100 mile rides start at Homestead Air Reserve Park, then continues through beautiful rural South Miami-Dade County. Riders will enjoy great routes and well supplied rest stops with lots of goodies, then back to the start for a great lunch and entertainment.

  • Water, sports drinks, fresh fruit, bagels and much more. while riding a bicycle.
  • SAG provided by local bike shops and the Everglades Bicycle Club until 3:00pm
  • Well marked, easy to follow routes.

  • Brought to you by Everglades Bicycle Club

    Register here or download brochure.


    Mayor Tomás Regalado Proclaims March Bicycle Month

    As some of you may already know, March is Bicycle Action Month in Miami. This morning it was proclaimed by Mayor Tomás Regalado at City Hall. Reach out to your constituents and find out what they're doing to increase bicycle usage in Miami.

    Check out the Miami Bike Scene calendar for some upcoming cycling events this month.


    Pikey Bags x Headset x Prolly is not Probably : Contest

    Two South Florida cycling gear companies Pikey Bags and Headset Clothing have joined forces for a give-away with Prolly is not Probably and South Florida Fixed.

    The contest is for females only, sorry dudes. Girls are to submit a photo of themselves and their bicycle. The winner gets a Headset riding hoodie w/ back pockets/3M accents and a Pikey messenger bag. (pictured above)

    Read all the rules & details here. Good luck!


    Bike Prom : Friday, March 19th

    Friday, March 19th

    Government Center
    111 NW 1st Street
    Downtown Miami

    "We are planning a Bike Prom for Bike Month, so dress fancy, or if you have a tuxedo t-shirt you can wear that too. We will post more details as it develops. The general plan is to meet at 9:00pm at Government Center and ride off, we'll ride around Downtown and Brickell, Wynwood, stop at Bayfront Park, the ride along the river. The ride will end at Vagabond, free entry and cheap drinks till midnight. Also, secure bike parking at Bar right next door (for customers). If anyone wants to bring a big boom box please let me know.

    Rides back to Government Center will be organized so you don't have to ride alone." - Emerge Miami


    Google Maps Adds Directions for Cyclists

    It's finally here, Google Maps bicycling directions. Unfortunately there's not many bike lanes/paths and greenways in S. Florida so please use caution. Bicycling directions are in beta. Average speed used to determine trip time is about 11.5 mph and some of the recommended routes will definitely cause you to raise an eyebrow. Though it's a great start, it still needs a lot of work.

    Read more about it here.

    Hopefully I no longer need to anticipate the possibility of Miami being included on Ride The City, a similar bicycling/map website that helps you find safer bike routes in cities. Ride The City is currently only available in NYC, Chicago, Austin, DC, Seattle, San Diego & Louisville.


    Loose Cannons : March Photos

    Here's some photos courtesy of IamYourVillain from the Loose Cannons race on March 4th.

    1st Ferny
    2nd Tony Blazejack
    3rd Stephan


    Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl : Recap

    Thanks to everyone who came out this past Saturday for the first Beer Snob MIA Bicycle Pub Crawl. The event was a lot of fun and most importantly safe. Saw lots of new faces along with some familiar ones and the consensus is most folks had some sort of new experience; whether they discovered a new bar, tried a new beer, established a new friendship or rode on an unfamiliar bicycle route. Overall it was a success and we'll probably be doing it again in a few months.

    Here's a video from the pub crawl.

    Below are a few photos. There's a lot more pictures from the pub crawl here. If you have some pics feel free to add them to the Facebook events page.


    Livable Cities & Safe Streets : Films @ Cosford

    Saturday, March 27th

    University of Miami Cosford Cinema

    "First come, first served, limited seating. See films about livable cities & safe streets featuring Denver, New York, Portland, and Curitiba, Brazil. Plus two short films by local bicyclist and filmmaker Tony Blazejack."

  • Free food and beverages before and after the films.
  • Silent auction with great items.
  • Free bike valet parking.

  • Two bike rides are being organized so cyclists can ride to the theater and park their bikes free with Green Mobility Network’s volunteer bike valets. One ride starting from Government Center Metrorail station, beginning at 9 a.m. sharp. And another ride starting from Dadeland North Metrorail station beginning at 9:15 a.m. sharp.

    This is a fund-raiser for Green Mobility Network.

    *Part of the proceeds that Green Mobility gets from the Livable Streets Cosford Film Event will be given to Bike Miami Days to help with their efforts.

    RSVP here.

    GMN needs some volunteers for the bicycle valet. Contact Peter if you want to help.


    March is Florida Bicycle Month

    Check out the Miami Bike Scene events calendar for local cycling happenings in South Florida.

    from Florida Bicycle Association

    "March is Florida Bicycle Month. Contact your local municipality for a list of events in your area of the state. For a list of contacts go HERE. If you know of events in your area, let us know and we'll post on the calendar of events on the FBA blog. Also check out the Florida Bicycle Touring Calendar for a list of bicycle rides in March and throughout the year. Help us celebrate March in a big way for bicyclists.

    The month of May is promoted nationally as National Bike Month by the League of American Bicyclists, however, many cities/areas throughout Florida choose to observe Bike Month earlier due to Florida's warm weather.


    March 9-11, 13 Floridians will attend the 10th edition of the National Bike Summit in Washington DC. The National Bike Summit is our chance to tell members of Congress how the federal government can create a bike friendly America. Unfortunately, we will not have advocates representing all of Florida's 25 congressional districts, so we need your help.

    Will you let the Florida Bicycle Association and members of "Team Florida" bring your voice to Capitol Hill?

    If so, send your name, your representative and a short statement about why bicycling is important to you or what issues concern you most. A member of Team Florida will deliver your message directly to your congressional representative and senators.

    To find the name of your representative, go HERE. Enter your zip code in the "Find Your Officials" box and the names of your federal and state elected officials will appear. For a statewide perspective of districts, check out the Florida Federal Congressional District Map available as a PDF file.

    It's not too late to register for the National Bike Summit. The more constituents from Florida, the more powerful Team Florida will be during our day on Capitol Hill. "


    Loose Cannons : March 4th, 2010

    Thursday, March 4th 2010

    Cheeseburger Baby
    1505 Washington Ave
    Miami Beach, FL 33139

    $2 burgers for racers pre-race!

    This race is 6.6 miles.

    Winner gets $50 bar tab.
    $2 beers for all cyclists.

    Prize will be split between 1st road bike & 1st fixed gear bike. If overall 1st is fixed gear they win full $50 bar tab.

    *Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.


    Miami Critical Mass February : Recap

    Decent attendance at last Friday's Critical Mass ride. The weather was nice at 60° and we faced little wind. Unfortunately the front of the group appeared to be going too fast towards the beginning of the ride and caused the rest of the group to spread out. Not only were they unintentionally splitting up the group, most were not corking. These large gaps between riders causes safety issues for stragglers and places added pressure on the corkers. I want to remind people that Critical Mass is not a race, it's a moderately paced community ride. Ideally, the average speed should be 12-14mph.

    Overall the ride was good, and I think the route was excellent. We went through various neighborhoods though we were forced to take a slight detour due to the Carnaval Miami 8k Run on 8th Street. We took SW 1st Street as an alternative to the closed off Calle Ocho missed riding by Viernes Culturales.

    On this month's ride we tried something new and it turned out to be great. We made a stop at towards the end of the ride at BAR (formerly PS14) for BBQ & beers. They welcomed participants to bring their bicycles inside and offered drink specials for cyclists. This may become a recurring theme for the group since Bar Black is only 1 mile north of Government Center and most seemed to enjoy having a place to socialize after Critical Mass.

    Next Critical Mass is March 26th. RSVP here.
    Daylight saving time will be in effect!

    Below is a video from the ride courtesy of Eddy.

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