Art Basel is upon us so expect heavy traffic in Miami Beach, Wynwood, Midtown & the Design District for the next couple of days.
Parking will also be a mess so it should come as no surprise that cycling will be the quickest & most convenient way to get around the city. By bike parking is free, easier to find & you can avoid gridlock. I've included a few basic tips below for those planning on riding to Art Basel events.
Take advantage of the free Bike Valet at Panther Coffee (2390 NW 2nd Avenue) in Wynwood.
Bicycle Valet is free to all, with donations going to the non‐profit Green Mobility Network.
Bike Valet Hours:
Thursday, December 2nd @ 3pm - 10pm
Friday, December 3rd @ 3pm - 10pm
Saturday, December 4th @ 11am - 10pm
Here's just a few Art Basel events worth checking out:
The Kissing Booth Show : Swampspace Gallery
Art Loves Music : Metric @ The Oceanfront
Street.Art.Cycles : Art Basel Edition
11am & 4pm
Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Loose Cannons : Bike Basel
FriendsWithYou : Building Blocks
Primary Flight : Retna | Silver Lining
OHWOW : IT AIN'T FAIR 2010 (Design District)
Jacuzzi Boys @ BAR
Little Haiti Art by Cycle
Coral Morphologic : Artificial Reef
Rainbow City By FriendsWithYou
If you see someone wearing a Miami Bike Scene t-shirt during Art Basel, kiss them on the mouth!
If they do not assault you or press charges then tell us of your encounter in the comments section.
PS The Heat Lightning printed up 1000 "bikable Basel maps" that will be distributed during the week, pick one up at the GMN bike valet. Make sure to check out their online massive guide to Art Basel related activities too.
Saturday, December 11th
19999 Okeechobee Road
Miami, FL 33018
100 yards north of Okeechobee Road & Krome Ave.
POLICE SUPPORT & SAG VEHICLE FAST & SLOW PACE (FOR BOTH RUNS)
Broward/Dade County Line to Broward/Palm Beach County Line & Back
Pick your Distance (50K/100K)
Includes Hot Brunch served after ride & Door Prizes!
For more information contact:
Linda Mills (954)262-2150
Friday, December 3rd
Roll through authentic Miami and support our creative lifeline to Haiti and the Caribbean:
Gather early at the Green Mobility Network's Bike Valet in front of the new Panther Coffee (2390 NW 2nd Ave.), we will leave on time!
3 stops + early Happy Hour (or return to Wynwood)
• Little Haiti Cultural Center (NE 59th St. and NE 2nd Ave.)
Global Caribbean II: Caribbean Trilogy Focus on the Greater Antilles
Featuring: José Bedia, Cuba; José García Cordero, Dominican Republic; Edouard Duval Carrié, Haiti.
Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance (adjacent) A show of Contemporary Haitian Textiles featuring works of Jean Joseph Jean-Baptiste and Kongo Laroze.
• Konbit for Haiti (NE 79th St. and Biscayne Blvd.)
Konbit for Haiti, Epple Seed Arts, Men Nou Gallery and Koze Ayiti present Hope from Haiti: New Works from Haitian Master Craftsman Celebrating the Gifts of Hand, Heart and Spirit. Special Preview Event! This show opens Saturday, December 4.
2:30PM Live street art creation by Port Au Prince’s Jerry Rosembert MOISE
• Fanm Ayisyen Miyami (FANM) / Haitian Women of Miami (NE 83nd St. and NE 2nd Ave.)
Kalbassi House, a market featuring traditional Haitian art, craft and food.
• Universal Soul Gallery (NE 71st St. and NE Miami Ct.)
Featuring works of Rara Kuyu and others, music and bar.
A suggested $15 donation benefits FANM / Haitian Women of Miami’s of ‘Women We Will Rebuild Haiti’ project.
Bring a lock for your bike and cash for art, food + drink purchase.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Ponce de Leon Middle School
5801 Augusto Street
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Admission fee to ride:
$15.00 minimum donation in cash/check or an unwrapped, new toy or gift for children infant to 17 years old. Gift Cards (think Movies, Target, Best Buy, Gap, etc.) are especially appreciated for the teenagers. Toy and Donation Drop off & Refreshments from 7am - 7:30am.
All proceeds go to St. Stephens Episcopal Parish, Aids Outreach Ministry for distribution to needy children in the Miami areas, Coconut Grove, Homestead, Perrine and Cutler Ridge, areas. Twice as many children need our help this year. Please make this holiday a special one for all the needy children and young adults in our community.
Refreshments will be donated by EBC and will be served before and after the ride (all toy and cash donations preferred in the morning at ride start please). The Toy Ride will have three ride levels this year. Bring the family; bring a friend to this festive charity event! Most importantly bring cash, check, a gift card or a toy!!
Please make checks out to: St Stephens Aids Outreach Ministry (Not EBC)
Easy Pace Family Ride 10-14 MPH approximately 12-15 miles total
Medium Pace Ride approximately 26 miles with and average speed of 17-20 MPH
Fast Pace Ride approximately 26 miles with an average speed of 20+ MPH
Ride Destinations to be determined the morning of—either North or South. This is an EBC official ride and signature release and helmets are required to ride.
For more information visit the Everglades Bicycle Club website.
Excellent turnout Saturday afternoon, we had 107 registered cyclists at the 2nd annual Cranksgiving Miami. We collected and donated an estimated $1000 in non-perishable food items to the Camillus House. Great ride for a worthy cause!
The 1st place racer which came in 70 minutes after the start won the Coveted 'Chrome' Jersey, the only one in S. Florida. Total distance was 17 miles and required stopping at five grocery store check points. Prizes and giveaways were distributed at Government Center and limited spoke cards were issued only to those who dropped off their items at the Camillus House post race. The Miami Herald was there to cover the event, you can read the article here.
Below are over 100 photos from the event:
1st - Jonathan S.
2nd- Ferny H. (1st Fixed)
3rd - Mike C.
4th - Kayd M.
5th - Jorge J.
1st Female - Stephanie R. (8th overall!)
1st MTB - Todorbalchev B.
1st Out Of Towner - TIII from WPB
Most Charitable - Patrick L., Eric T. & Greg K.
DFL (Dead F#cking Last) - Glen S.
Special thanks to Gary Medenhall, Fabian, Gabe, Dario (for the table), Emerge (cookies) and everyone who participated.
I can't forget to thank all of this year's sponsors for their contributions:
BAR, Bike Werx, Clif Bar & Company, Chrome, COG Magazine, Fydelity, Fyxation, Headset Clothing, Knog, MIA Fixed, The Miami Bike Scene, Origin-8, The Scoot, Skate & Bike Co., and Urban Velo
Here's a brief video with footage from the start and finish of the race:
Below is a list of the 107 participants in the order in which they registered:
Greg K (Hollywood)
Brad M (Tampa)
Trevor M (Tampa)
Amy M (Tampa)
Ray Z (FTL)
Rock S (FTL)
Adri Z (FTL)
Morgan R (FTL)
Andrew & Mateo H
Eric T (Tampa)
Clinton H (Tampa)
Glen S (Miramar)
Amanda B (FTL)
Craig S (Pembroke Pines)
Once again, thanks and hope to see you next year!
56cm Sillgey Phantom track bike stolen on Friday night (11/19) around 10:30pm from Redlight Restraurant on Biscayne Blvd & 77th Street. Royal blue & lime green, lugged, vintage 3TTT stem, serial # S8110063.
Contact David Muriel at (813) 545-0881 if you see this bicycle.
Cranksgiving Miami, the day a lot of you have been patiently awaiting is finally upon us. It goes down this Saturday, November 20th in Downtown. Don't forget to bring a bicycle, $10, a lock, and a bag or basket to carry the items. We will be meeting on the SW corner of Government Center by the Orange Peels at 2pm, please do not be late.
The first 50 to register will receive the November Issue of Urban Velo. Also, Clif Bar has supplied us with Clif Shot Bloks for all participants. Gary Medenhall has been generous enough to bring Gatorade for participants again this year, he will be helping me with registration, prize distribution, etc. If you have any questions about the event come and ask us at the registration table.
Rules & Prizes:
Participants will have two options: The fast cyclists racing the alleycat will have to go to all 5 checkpoints (17mi) and will be eligible for all the prizes. If speed is not your forte then you are encouraged to ride Cranksgiving in a scavenger hunt fashion and will only be required to hit up 4 of the 5 checkpoints, these cyclists will only be eligible for the "Most Charitable" prize. Last year everyone had fun whether racing or riding at a moderate pace. What's most important is that we collectively gather food items for those in need this Thanksgiving, let's show South Florida that cyclists can come together and make a positive difference.
We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st Fixed Gear, 1st Female, 1st MTB, 1st Out-Of-Towner, DFL, and Most Charitable.
We will also have extra prizes & giveaways for a few lucky riders. Over 275 have RSVP'd on Facebook, I'm hoping about 100-150 will actually show up. I want to remind everyone that this is a charity race, ride safe and be courteous to others. Local forecast are predicting amicable weather so I'm excited to see everyone out there tomorrow. Remember to arrive by 2pm so we can get registration rolling. All bicycles are welcomed. Helmets encouraged.
Once the race is finished and everyone is accounted for we will issue prizes to the winners and 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. Limited Cranksgiving spoke cards will be issued to participants once they drop-off their items.
After the drop-off at Camillus House we will lead a group ride a few blocks south to The Filling Station for food & drinks.
Thanks to all of this year's sponsors and remember to support those who support us.
Ride your bike to the Miami Book Fair on November 20 & 21 and save $3 on Street Fair admission! Bicycle valet provided by Green Mobility Network and available by the Yellow Entrance (Corner of NE 2nd Avenue and NE 3rd Street)
Bicycle Valet Hours:
9:30am - 5:30pm
Friday, November 19th
Rickenbacker Causeway by Hobie Beach
Turn right into beach parking lot at MAST Academy traffic light.
"Miami-Dade County, FL – Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez and Miami-Dade County’s Public Works Department (PWD) will celebrate recent improvements to Rickenbacker Causeway beaches during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place near the Causeway on Hobie Beach, adjacent to MAST Academy, 3979 Rickenbacker Causeway.
PWD completed the Rickenbacker Causeway Shoreline and Roadway Protection Project on the south sides of Hobie Island and Virginia Key Beach (Hobie Cat Beach). The project began on September 9, 2009 and included three major components: shoreline stabilization; stormwater management and parking improvements; and exotic vegetation removal and landscaping of the upland area. This environmental and roadway protection project is the first of its kind undertaken by PWD. The total cost for this project was $6.8 million."
For more information, please contact Commissioner Gimenez’s office at 305-669-4003.
December 2 - 4
Street.Art.Cycles: Art Basel Edition will bring bicycle exploration, practicality and creativity to Art Basel in Wynwood. Street.Art.Cycles, in conjunction with the urban beautification art collective, Primary Flight, presents an enhanced experience for art tourists during Art Basel week by showcasing one of the United States most interesting neighborhoods.
Bicycling through Wynwood's outdoor exhibits is an intimate and personal experience, the equivalent of strolling through the halls of a great, outdoor museum. Street.Art.Cycles presents docent‐guided tours of significant street art in Miami’s Wynwood Art and Design Districts by bicycle. Street.Art.Cycles: Graffiti by Bike tours will be held at 11 am and 4 pm daily on
December 2nd, 3rd and 4th, originating from Primary Flight's base at Cafeina Lounge, 297 NW 23 Street, 33127. The Green Mobility Network will provide complimentary bicycle valet on Friday, December 3rd and Saturday December 4th at Panther Coffee, 2390 NW 2nd Avenue, 33127. Bike-checks are a quick, convenient and, inexpensive solution to urban mobility, a fresh alternative to
parking the car or finding a cab. Other groups may join in the cycling fun, leading tours connecting Wynwood, the Design District and Little Haiti.
“This year is about growth: Miami is set in motion, and Primary Flight paved the way,” said Books IIII Bischof, principal of Primary Flight. “Since our involvement, Wynwood has become a street art Mecca with legs of its own. It’s time for Primary Flight to grow in new directions, and we always take cue from our ever‐changing culture.”
Street. Art. Cycles Schedule:
Thursday, December 2nd @ 11am & 4pm
Friday, December 3rd @ 11am & 4pm
Saturday, December 4th @ 11am & 4pm
Limited to 20 riders.
Cost of tour is $20 which includes access to restricted sites.
Proceeds collected by Street.Art.Cycles: Graffiti by Bike Tour will go toward the YNOT Foundation and Emerge Miami.
Please email STREET.ART.CYCLES or call (305)283-0255 to RSVP.
Bicycle Valet is free to all, with donations going to the non‐profit Green Mobility Network.
Bike Valet is available to everyone on a bicycle, not just those participating in the tour.
Bike Valet Hours:
Thursday, December 2nd @ 3pm - 10pm
Friday, December 3rd @ 3pm - 10pm
Saturday, December 4th @ 11am - 10pm
The purple Fuji stolen earlier this week was recovered on Miami Beach tonight. The bars were flipped up vagabond style, stem and seat post raised well beyond their maximum insertion lines and the rims were spray painted silver. The thief also added a front fender, how generous.
PS I confirmed it was a Miami Bike Scene reader who tipped police and contacted the rightful owner. Kudos to you.
Purple Fuji single-speed conversion. White rims, tires, bar tape, and Turbo saddle. Stolen Monday (11/15) from inside an apartment on Biscayne Blvd / 20th Street. If you see this bike contact Eve.
Also, new level of scumbagness..
"Stolen Bike Rack Alert"
Green Saris rack which holds 3 bicycles. Stolen from Best Buy parking lot in Hialeah on Saturday night (11/13). Contact Jordan if you see it.
An estimated 140 cyclists participated in Street. Art. Cycles. the bicycle tour exploring graffiiti murals in Wynwood. The group met at the Allapattah Metrorail Station at 10am and was guided through various areas to check out the productions, for 3 hours we ventured through Wynwood and received a bit of Graffiti 101. Thanks to Olga Cano, Dario Gonzalez and Emerge Miami for hosting this event.
If you enjoyed yourself today then you have something to look forward to, a similar ride will take place in early December during Art Basel. Expect tons of new murals and to actually see the artists in action. For more details visit Primary Flight.
Here's a video from today's ride:
Sunday, November 14th
7am - 10am
Brian Piccolo Park
9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, FL 33024
"Last week a pillar in the cycling community of South Florida was critically injured. You all know him if you have ever been to a race then you have seen Eddy “La Piña” Grubicy, he is always at the start/finish taking photographs of the races.
While riding his bike on SR84 last Wednesday morning he was hit from behind by the mirror of a truck, the impact knocking him off his bike and over the guard rail, He sustained head injuries including a fractured scull, also he has a punctured lung, and they had to remove his speeen. It was NOT a hit and run and the driver of the truck stayed to help. Until yesterday Eddy was unconscious and in the intensive care ward at Broward General Hospital. When I think of the Patrons of Cycling in South Florida two people come to mind Carlos Laborde and Eddy “la Piña” Grubicy.
This coming Sunday morning at 7am at Piccolo Park in Pembroke Pines we will be having a fundraising ride for Eddy. The Palm Ave entrance will be available to us for Registration and Donations, Fernando Angel another Patron of S Florida will be handling this process and it will be the same as a race registration process" - Keith Harrod
"We will use the electronic registration system that we use at the races. Any rider that already raced with us this year is already in the system; just by typing his last name we will be able to bring up his record to enter the amount donated. For those that we do not have in our system, they'll need to bring any ID to scan it and open up a new record for registration. The process is fast and paperless (all forms billed up into the system). The software will generate print outs with names and total received either by cash or check (both will be accepted). Funds are collected to support him and his family. As far as I know he has no private insurance, and due to his disability old back problem (he lives with a computer inside his back) is currently unemployed. As you may see he is in need of our cycling community to help support him and his wife.
The ride will be from Brian Piccolo Park, they will open free of charge the Palm Ave. entrance for parking, registration will be at the same place from 7:00 AM ride will be the same as the old Sheridan ride, from the park go west to US 27, right turn to SR 84, right turn after I-75 Bridge, and next street turn right to Griffin Rd. Then right to Flamingo, then left at Sheridan St. back to the park. It is about 32 mile controlled pace ride from 20 to 22 MPH. THIS IS NOT A RACE. Please come to this ride and make a donation for a great man in desperate need of HELP" - Fernando Angel (Miami Masters)
For donations by check:
Make checks payable to: "Judith Grubicy"
Mail payment to:
Miami Masters Cycling Team
7300 NW 35th Ave
Miami, FL 33147
Sunday, November 14th
9am - 2pm
Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
"Bike Miami Days is a City of Miami initiative to promote a healthy, active community based on livable streets and the growing urban neighborhood that is DWNTWN. It's free, family-friendly, and a lot of fun. Bike Miami Days is an open street event for walking, cycling, skating, and enjoying your DWNTWN."
Bike Miami Days was originally slated to return this past October 10th but due to insufficient funds and lack of sponsors it was postponed until November 14th. It's been a little over a year now since a Bike Miami Days event has taken place in downtown, October 2009 to be exact (Mayor Diaz was still in office). If you enjoy these free community events come out and show your support on Sunday, Nov 14th. Start by inviting your friends and family, help spread the word because if you don't there's no telling when the next Bike Miami Days will be.
South Miami Avenue will be closed from 9th Street to 15th Rd. This small stretch of road will be the only official street closures. However, you are encouraged to visit Simpson Park (SW 17th Rd) and ride to Alice Wainwright Park (SW 32nd Rd). The recommended route(s) are illustrated on the map, use either the bike lane on S. Miami Avenue or the M-Path Greenway which is adjacent to SW 1st Avenue. Volunteers will be present throughout the route. Bicycle valet will be provided throughout the closed corridor.
For those feeling more adventurous you could always venture out to Key Biscayne via Rickenbacker Causeway. I highly recommend checking out the Old Zoo in Crandon Park which is now a bird sanctuary, great place to ride your bicycle. FREE
Free bike rentals courtesy of DecoBike and BuddyBike will be available at Mary Brickell Village.
Tuesday, November 9th
28 NE 14th St
Miami, FL 33132
Come out on Tuesday, Nov 9th for a free screening of the 1986 BMX cult classic "Rad".
Cyclists are welcomed and encouraged to bring their bicycles inside BAR.
$5 Tequila Sunrise all night. Followed by music from Induce.
"Cru Jones (Bill Allen), a rising talent on the BMX track, faces an uphill climb as he gears up for the important Helltrack race. He must contend with a shady sponsor who changes the rules at the last minute, and champion rider Bart Taylor (Bart Conner) is hoping for an easy victory. And when Cru realizes that the race falls on the same day as an important school test, he must decide whether bikes or books will determine his future."
An estimated 65-70 riders participated in this afternoon's Villages of Coral Gables Bike Tour hosted by Green Mobility Network. The ride attracted cyclists of all ages and abilities, the guides and volunteers did a great job in keeping everyone together and safe. AIA Miami did an excellent job with the architectural history lesson. I encourage those who missed out to participate in future events organized by Green Mobility Network, the rides are FREE.
Below is a list of the international villages in the order we visited them:
Green Mobility Network welcomes new members!
Clocks fall back to Standard Time on Sunday, November 7th at 2am.
The good news is you will get an extra hour of sleep tonight and it will be daylight for early morning rides from now until March 13th, 2011. The bad news is late afternoon rides will be at dusk and without proper lights you will not be visible to motorists. Please ride with lights at night, it's the law!
Equipment requirements and carriage of passengers
(Section 316.2065(2), (3), (7), (8), and (14), F.S.)
A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from 500 feet to the front and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 feet to the rear.
Comment: Over half of fatal bicycle crashes in Florida occur after sunset, even though most cycling is done during daylight hours. Battery-and generator-powered headlamps are available. If a cyclist uses battery-powered lamps, it may be necessary to carry spare batteries or to mount additional lamps as spares (some LED lamps last for many hours). Rear reflector and taillamp should be aimed straight back.
One of our Cranksgiving Miami sponsors, KNOG, manufactures lights I recommend which are water-resistant with a flexible silicone body and quick-release mounting. There's many brands and models of lights to choose from at your local bike shop, pay them a visit today and purchase lights that help you be seen at night!
We've formed a team for the 25th Anniversary South Florida MS Bike Ride. On May 14-15 we will ride 150 miles from Miami to Key Largo and back because we want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed with MS and because we want to do everything to educate more people on what it means to live with the disease.
However, before we can ride each team member must first raise a minimum of $400. You can help me reach my goal by making a donation to my personal page.
If you do not wish to donate and instead plan on joining the team that is great news. Registration is open and only $20 until December 31st. Remember, all riders are required to raise a minimum of $400 in order to pick up the Rider Packet at the MS Bike Expo. There will be no day-of registration. Cyclists must be 18 years or older to ride.
*It is very likely that our team will order custom cycling jerseys and bib shorts (not required).
Help Our Team in the Fight Against MS!
"The number of people living with multiple sclerosis increases every hour of every day. This astonishing rate is not going to diminish, nor will it stop, until we've found a cure. Research has made some incredible advances recently, but the world can still only offer disease management drugs and therapies to the 400,000 people living with MS in America.
We've formed a team for the 2011 MS Bike Ride because we know that riding 150 miles is nowhere near as difficult as confronting a lifetime with multiple sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society gives us all reason to hope, though. In addition to supporting novel research projects around the globe, they also provide much needed education, programs, and services to everyone who is affected by MS - including the diagnosed, their friends and families, and the healthcare professionals who work with them.
Join our team as a cyclist or a volunteer! Make a donation online! Send in a check! Talk to your employer about becoming a sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Zimmerman MS Bike Ride Presented by Mack Cycle and Fitness! There are so many ways to make a difference in the fight against MS, and it all begins here."
In its 5th year, the Cannondale Coconut Cup South Florida Championship is back. The 2010-2011 MTB series will be held over the next few months throughout southern Florida.
CC #1 - Sunrise, FL (Markham Park)
CC #2 - Alva, FL (Caloosahatchee Regional Park)
CC #3 - Hialeah, FL (Amelia Earhart Park)
CC #4 - Hialeah, FL (Amelia Earhart Park)
CC #5 - Sunrise, FL (Markham Park)
CC #6- North Miami, FL (Oleta River State Park)
For more information visit GoneRiding.com
Here's a video from the November 2007 CC#1 race at Oleta Park.
The City of Miami and South Florida Bicycle Coalition have teamed up to produce a cycling awareness campaign on electronic billboards along I-95. Do you have an essential cycling safety message you'd like to share with thousands of motorists? If so, they want your help. Send them your designs, input and ideas.
Submit your concepts via email to SFBC or Collin Worth.
File Type: Uncompressed JPG
Color Mode: RGB
Art Pixel Dimensions: 400h X 1400w or 400h X 840w
Here's some very important tips for creating outdoor digital billboards.
For additional information visit SFBC.
Sunday, November 7th
Douglas Road Metrorail Station
3100 South Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL 33134
"Among the visual delights George Merrick dreamed up as he planned Coral Gables are the eight international villages, each enclave expressing a national style found nowhere else in the city. You're bound to have seen some of them, but have you ever really looked at them? Come on a bicycle ride with Green Mobility Network on Nov. 7 and see the rich expressions of a culture quite unlike your own.
Your tour leader will be Peter Schuetz and your guide Professor Teofilo Victoria of the University of Miami School of Architecture. The bike ride is organized by Green Mobility as part of AIA | Miami's month-long celebration of design."
Here's a photo of George Merrick and his bicycle sent in by reader David Knorr.