Ocean View Rickshaw in Ft. Lauderdale is hiring:
"The skills that make the best pedicab drivers are navigation skills, athletic ability, and personality. If you have any one of these skills you can simply do the job. If you have two of these skills you can make money doing the job. If you happen to have a combination of all three of these skills you might be the kind of driver we are looking for and could go on to do very well as one of our highest earning drivers. Though many drivers can move the bike and learn where they are going in a few shifts out its the upbeat personality that we are looking for.
The bikes are rented out of our shop in downtown Ft. Lauderdale on a weekly basis. Drivers can come and take their bikes out at any time. Though most of our business is during the later parts of the evening when the city is out partying, it is possible to make good money during the day as well. Most of our rides are along Las Olas and the A1A section of Ft. Lauderdale beach.
The rent for one bike for the entire week is currently $75. You pay that at the begining of each week and everything you bring in you get to keep. Our best riders know that the more you ride the more you make while others simply drive a few nights a week. As the season gets busier and busier we do raise the rate per week but we always let the drivers know ahead of time.
We also have Ocean View Drivers at events such as Miami Dolphins games, UMiami games, the International Boatshow, and many others. Those events are a separate rate from the weekly rent but can be huge for our best riders.
If you have questions or think that you could be the next Ocean View Rickshaw driver on the scene please contact the OVR manager Brogan Graham and we'll set up an interview for the near future."
Thursday, October 7th 2010
Race #3 of the "Metro Series". Similar to last few races it will begin at a designated metrorail station and end at the BAR.
Douglas Road Metrorail Station
3100 South Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL 33134
BAR (formerly PS14)
28 NE 14th Street
Miami, FL 33128
This race is approximately 7 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. If 1st road bike is not 1st place they win nothing.
Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.
Saturday, September 25th
"The City of Miami just painted the first part of our region’s newest bike lane so the South Florida Bike Coalition is throwing a party! Join us this Saturday, 9/25 at 5pm sharp at Sra. Martinez (4000 NE 2nd Ave) in the Design District as we toast the new lanes!" - SFBC
Great time Saturday afternoon for the Beer Snob MIA Bicycle Pub Crawl II. Over 100 cyclists came out to celebrate beers, food & cycling. Everyone appeared to have really enjoyed themselves. Thanks to all the establishments particularly The Filling Station who opened for us on a Saturday and had food specials and a water outside for the thirsty cyclists. Below is a video from the ride, unfortunately my camera battery died before we got to the last stop The DRB so there is no footage from there. Thanks to everyone who participated on the ride and drank responsibly.
Spotted a sharrow on SW 97th Avenue just north of Bird Rd (40th St). The county chose an ideal location to remind motorists to share the road since the existing bike lane ends there. Their next step should be educating motorists on what a sharrow is and utilizing them throughout the county. I think we can all agree South Florida drivers need a repeated reminder to share the road.
Saturday, October 16th
University Metrorail Station
5400 Ponce de Leon
Miami, FL 33146
"The Coral Gables Tweed Ride this past winter featured over 100 riders on a variety of bikes who pedaled through the City Beautiful donning vintage attire. Next month, the Coral Gables Museum and the Green Mobility Network are teaming up to present a biking event fashioned for South Florida’s warm, early autumn weather.
The Seersucker Social, on Saturday October 16, will offer another enjoyable and relaxing biking experience by encouraging participants to tour the Gables in their best seersucker ensemble. According to Wikipedia, seersucker was originally worn by the poor in the U.S. until undergraduate students, in an air of reverse snobbery, began to wear the fabric. Damon Runyon wrote that his new habit for wearing seersucker was "causing much confusion among my friends. They cannot decide whether I am broke or just setting a new vogue." Let’s opt for the latter!
Participants will gather at the University Metrorail Station on Ponce de Leon Boulevard at 10:30am and bicycle through the Gables, with a stop and tour at the Coral Gables Museum, and then pedal on to the historic Coral Gables Merrick House at 907 Coral Way for a picnic, badminton and croquet. The catered lunch featuring fabulous food from the Green Gables Café is $14 per person. You can still join in the fun and ride without purchasing the picnic lunch. To reserve your plate, click here and scroll down the page."
RSVP on Facebook.
Here's a video from the D.C based Dandies and Quaintrelles Seersucker Social.
"The Dolphins Cycling Challenge (“DCC”) is a two-day tri-county charity cycling event coordinated by the Miami Dolphins Foundation. The purpose of the DCC is to increase cancer awareness, encourage healthy hobbies, and raise funds for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The cycling portion of the DCC will take place on November 20th and 21st, 2010, with a Kick-Off Party and registration on November 19th at Bayfront Park in Miami.
The DCC will offer various options for riders of different abilities spanning the tri-county area. The first day will be a 100-mile ride – known as “the Miami Century Ride” – from Downtown Miami to West Palm Beach. At the close of Day 1, there will be a celebration at CityPlace in West Palm Beach to congratulate the Miami Century Riders and register the West Palm Beach Riders.
Day 2 consists of two rides from which participants can choose: The first is a 70-mile ride from CityPlace down to Sun Life Stadium. The second is a 30-mile ride from Ft. Lauderdale to Sun Life Stadium. For younger cyclists, DCC will host a “Kids Ride” that will finish simultaneously with the adult riding groups at Sun Life Stadium. At the conclusion of the DCC, Sun Life Stadium will host a celebration to honor those who participated in raising funds and increasing cancer awareness."
Visit www.ridedcc.com for more information.
Excellent race put together this past weekend by South Florida Fixed. Close to 50 riders participated in the alleycat though out the City of Ft. Lauderdale, traversing 21-23 miles. The checkpoints and routes were well thought out, making the River Rat Alleycat 2 a fun and memorable experience. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers, sponsors and a special thank you to Maguire's Hill 16 for the great food & drinks. Can't wait to do it again next year.
1st Seth Hansley
2nd Christi-An Hansley
3rd Jason Deal
Photos courtesy of Alejandro Fonseca
More photos here.
"Knight Rider is a new weekday evening bike ride through the north east part of MIA. Fast paced ride for experienced riders. Ride leaves between 8-8:15pm from the shopping center at Biscayne Blvd and 79th Street in front of the Payless. Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The week night is not set so stay tuned for details. There are some dark streets so lights are a good idea."
Join the Knight Rider Facebook group for more information, schedule, etc.
Friday, September 10th
Bike Fun Day : Silver Bluff Elementary
Bike skills course, relay race and free helmets. Event only for students of Silver Bluff Elementary.
3:15pm - 5:30pm
Saturday, September 11th
Miami Beach Community Ride
Ride with police escort around Miami Beach
Emerge Miami CM Meetup
Riding through South Miami, Pinecrest, and Coconut Grove.
River Rat Alleycat 2
Alleycat race throughout the City of Fort Lauderdale. $5
*Wynwood Gallery Walk. Ride your bike there, lots of cool openings.
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday, September 12th
Rosewood Series : Season Finale
In it's 12th year, criterium race at Brian Piccolo Park.
8:00am - 12:00pm
Bike Ride to Fall For the Arts
Join Green Mobilty Network in a group ride from University Metrorail Station to the Adrienne Arsht Center Fall For the Arts Festival. Free bicycle valet.
10:30am - 6:00pm
Weekly ride for experienced cyclists. The ride covers 15-20 miles at a fast pace.
Friday, September 10th
3:15pm - 5:30pm
This event is ONLY for students of Silver Bluff Elementary.
"The event will be a fun and educational experience for Silver Bluff students, only, aimed at encouraging children to walk and ride to school safely. Helmets and reflectors will be given out, and the students will enjoy a bicycle relay race and learn the rules of the road. At the end of the event, we’ll be auctioning off two beautiful children’s bikes (one boy’s, one girl’s). Thanks to Mack Cycle, Giant, UM’s Bike Safe Program, Miami Children’s Hospital’s Safe Kids Program, the Florida Dept. of Transportation, and Commissioner Francis Suarez (Commissioner for District 4) for your help and support!" - Green Mobility Network
September 30 - October 28
Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30pm
378 NE 56th Street (Little Haiti)
Miami, FL 33137
Contact Youth Bike at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (786) 464-0333
Cost is $125 for 5 classes. All proceeds benefit Youth Bike programming.
Five BikeLid secure bicycle parking units have been installed at the University Metrorail Station. BikeLid claims their product provides security from vandals, thieves and the elements. Based on a brief examination I think the product does all of which it claims. One of the five BikeLids was in use this afternoon which is a positive sign some cyclists already know what they are, however a kid on a skateboard asked me "What are these things?" while I was testing them out.
How to use a BikeLid:
1. Lift Lid
2. Park Bike
3. Close Lid
4. Insert Your Lock
5. Test Latch
As an added measure of security you can also lock your bicycle to the steel bar inside the lid. Two bicycles can fit inside one lid but the purpose is defeated if you're locking up with a stranger. Overall this appears to be an excellent product, cyclists have been asking for weather protection for some time now and this delivers. Made in the USA and very green.
Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for The Miami Bike Scene t-shirt. The contest ran throughout the month of August and was just something fun I had been wanting to do for some time. I must admit I was surprised so few people participated, close to 200 Miami BIke Scene t-shirts were sold in recent months yet only 20 people entered a drawing for a free one? Odd that in this economy not many people wanted a free shirt, oh well.
Congratulations to the winners Gustavo Llamas and Alejandro Vivas.
Can the drawing have possibly been any more bootleg looking?
Saturday, September 18th 2010
Back by popular demand, this time around in celebration of Oktoberfest! The bicycle pub crawl will be very similar to the one held earlier this year, the only significant difference is that we will not be riding to S. Miami and shall remain in downtown instead.
We'll be starting off at Zeke's at 4pm where all beers are just $4! We'll then make a stop at The Abbey, The Filling Station, and finally The DRB. The pub crawl conveniently ends near the Adrienne Arsht Center Station Metromover Station in Downtown Miami for those who wish to take the train back home vs riding.
Remember to bring a bicycle lock. A light is also recommended since it'll be dusk by the time we leave the last bar. The pub crawl should be over by 8:30pm. Cyclists ride at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own safety!
Please remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY, obey all traffic laws and be courteous to others. This is not a Critical Mass ride and there will be no corking. We welcome you to come out have a good time, meet new cyclists and most importantly to ride safely. 21+
Below is a list of the bars we will be visiting (in order) :
*We'll be meeting some riders at the Adrienne Arsht Center Station Metromover Station (formerly Omni - 15th/Biscayne) at 3:30pm for those who wish to ride over from downtown to Zeke's (Miami Beach) via Venetian Causeway with a group.
625 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Abbey Brewing Co. (re-opening soon)
1115 16th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Filling Station
95 Southeast 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33131
255 Northeast 14th Street
Miami, FL 33132
RSVP on Facebook.