Bike For Habitat [CANCELLED]



Saturday, January 15th
8am


"Come join us on January 15th at MAST Academy for the first ever Bike for Habitat. Funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami to build homes in partnership with low-income families in Miami-Dade County and in Haiti."

Riders will begin at MAST Academy at 8am and ride 25 miles through Key Biscayne, returning to the Academy around noon where food and drink will be available.

Registration:
To register, visit www.bikeforhabitat.com

Under 18: $10 registration fee + $100 fundraising goal.
Over 18: $20 registration fee + $100 fundraising goal.

Event forms, including mail-in registration, donation receipts, and sponsorship packages available online.

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Loose Cannons : 3-Yr Anniversary



Thursday, January 6th 2011
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)

Wow, Loose Cannons is turning three years old! Come join us as we celebrate the longest running (monthly) unsanctioned night race in Florida. We're taking it back to basics, the way the race started on that frigid night in January 2008.

The race is approximately 4.7 miles with one checkpoint on the N. Venetian Causeway. At the checkpoint racers will receive a commemorative spoke card and will have a drink in memory of Ferny "Lancito" Heria Jr.

Starts @
MIA Skate Shop
229 9th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ends @
BAR (formerly PS14)
28 NE 14th Street
Miami, FL 33128

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.

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Emerge Critical Mass: Food Truck Frenzy



Saturday, January 8th
10am

"Join Emerge Miami in supporting local, on-the-move eateries in Miami! For those of you who joined the last 'Local Eats' Sweet Treats Ride in June, you will be in for a bigger treat! We're going to visit some food and dessert trucks throughout the ride and support this boom in Miami eating.

Only one of the food trucks will take credit cards, so bring cash (suggested amount if you want to eat at 2-3 trucks $20-25).

Here is a link to the route.

Of course, always ride and eat responsibly!"

Food Trucks en route:

1. Latin Burger & Taco*
2. Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burger*
3. Feverish Ice Cream**
4. Miso Hungry**
5. Sugar Rush

*vegetarian friendly
**vegan friendly

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R.I.P. Ferny "Lancito" Heria 1984-2010



For those unaware, we lost a stalwart of the local cycling community early this morning. Fernando Heria Jr, 25, known to most as "Ferny" was involved in a fatal accident on the 836 near Le Jeune Road. My deepest condolences to his friends and family, the world has lost a great man.

This is rather difficult for me to write since I am still in disbelief. I knew Ferny for less than three years but considered him a close friend. He was one of the most charismatic, humorous and a genuinely caring people I have ever known. He was a very hard worker, always bearing a smile, and truly one of a kind as attested by his many friends.

Ferny participated in many aspects of the Miami cycling scene. He attended community meetings, Critical Mass, Cranksgiving, most alleycats, group rides, etc. It was him and I that started the fast paced Winged Wednesday rides in 2008 and in 2009 he was the main force behind the brutal Manic Monday rides.

Ferny was a shining star, a staple in local unsanctioned bike races. He won more combined Loose Cannons races than anyone else and was the only person who could boast winning Loose Cannons twice in the same night (April Fools' 2009). It was always great to ride with him, he was always willing to pull, and generously shared his bar tab winnings with friends. He was also the only person I've ever allowed to be a moderator on the MIA Fixed forum.

Try searching "Ferny" on this blog, his name will mostly come up in relation to him winning a race or me thanking him for not showing up to a race thus allowing others to win. He really had a lot more heart than most people I've ever encountered.

So many great things can be said about Ferny, I can go on and on. If you knew him or just wish to show your support we would really appreciate it if you joined us for a special occasion. We will be hosting a group ride in memory of Ferny this Wednesday December 22nd, it would have been his 26th birthday. After the ride we will gather with his friends at the BAR to celebrate his life.

[Edit: 12/21]



Details:

Ferny Birthday Celebration Ride
Wednesday, December 22nd
7:30pm

Meet at South Miami Library (6000 Sunset Drive)

We'll ride through South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Brickell and end at the BAR (28 NE 14th Street) in Downtown.


Ferny's wake will be held on Thursday 12/23 from 6pm to midnight.

Funeraria Memorial Plan
9800 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33165

All his friends are welcomed.





Ferny, it was an honor getting to know you these past two and a half years, thank you for always being supportive and enthusiastic about what we've been building here together. I'm glad I had the opportunity to hang out and converse with you one last time on Saturday night. I really hope you're somewhere nice, surrounded by beautiful women, Italian bikes and cases of Prosecco. The next time I encounter a strong tail wind I will pretend to be drafting you, I should probably emphasize pretend because the reality is I could barely hold on to your wheel for more than a block.

Rest In Power.. Forever Champion




Epic video of Ferny, Alex Fix and MIA Fixed crew during Loose Cannons race from Coconut Grove to Upper East Side in 2009.



PS Lancito, you never faked it, you never fronted. It's truly a shame that you are no longer with us.

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FVA 2011 Thursday Night Track Racing Series



Thursday Evenings February 17th to April 14th

Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome
9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, FL 33024

Entry Fee: $10 per night (includes $3 for USAC insurance)
Registration begins at 6pm on the evening of the race/Racing begins at at 7:00pm

Various track races will be held each Thursday evening ranging from sprints to longer endurance events. Races will be cancelled if track surface is wet or otherwise unsafe.

Participants must bring their USA Cycling license.
Spectators are welcome

Prizes: Cash and Merchandise totaling $500 to be awarded to Series Points Leader.

Check out www.flavelo.org for more information or call velodrome office (954) 437-2626 after 3pm


Helmets are mandatory. Bicycle must be track bike or fixed gear with drop bars. No brakes allowed! You may rent a helmet and track bike if you don't have one.


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On the Trail with IMBA : Virginia Key



Read about IMBA Trail Care Crew's recent visit to Miami on the official IMBA staff blog.

I've embeded a slideshow below with some great photos of Saturday's trail maintenance, Sunday's trail preview ride, and the meet between local advocates/IMBA and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado.

All Photos © Bicycle Geography



Read more about the mtb trails on Virginia Key's North Point in the Miami Herald.

For more information regarding the trails check out the Virginia Key Bicycle Club on Facebook.

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Miami Bike Report



Miami Bike Report is a new online tool which enables local cyclists to report blocked bike lanes, bike thefts, accidents, road hazards, harassment, citations and more via an active map. The incident reports help create a database where other cyclists can see which areas are safer or dangerous for cycling, which areas have the highest rate of bike theft, etc.

"The goal of this site is to serve as a repository where information can be posted and visualized quickly, by glancing at maps. A site where experienced cyclists can share their knowledge and new cyclists can find answers to those challenges we face in our city, every day."

Reports can be submitted directly on the site and also via text message (786 250 BIKE), email or Twitter.

Please take a moment to peruse the website and explore some of it's features. The active map/database thrives on user input, if you have any incident(s) to report please do so today. Your report contributions can help others ride safer.

I commend Eddy Stevens-Torrealba for establishing the site, he's done an excellent job and I'm looking forward to seeing the database grow once the cycling community begins to share it's input.

PS The site is also available en español.

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Smarter Cities Challenge



"IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge is a unique three year $50 million grant program designed to help 100 cities, competitively selected, to gain access to the technology and problem solving capacity to address the challenge and opportunity of making themselves smarter.

IBM firmly believe that these grants could help cities around the world to become smarter by enhancing their capacity to collect, analyze and act upon information across multiple systems; to create an environment where global cities can learn from one another; and to foster cross-sector partnerships that address critical challenges and provide a road map for the future.

This new program is the single-largest philanthropic investment currently planned by IBM."

Miami is a great candidate for this! The grant could help with any number of things, including using innovative technology to make Miami a more bike-friendly city. In order for Miami to be eligible for the IBM grant, we would need to apply before December 31st. Get on it!

The application for the Smarter Cities Challenge must be signed by an executive officer of a municipality or local government, whose title varies by location – for example, s/he may be the mayor, city manager, chief administrative officer, county manager, county executive, etc. The most successful proposals will:

  • Describe 1-3 potential problems or opportunities to address with the grant
  • Provide clear, compelling evidence that the city is well positioned to utilize the resources offered in the Smarter Cities Challenge
  • Outline how a grant of IBM talent and technology has the potential to substantially enhance the city's capacity to act on key issues
  • Highlight recent efforts to develop innovative solutions to public problems, including any initiatives to implement new technologies or open data policies
  • Demonstrate the city is ready to match IBM's investment with its own commitment of time and talent, including access to the city agencies and personnel relevant to the project

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Florida Velodrome Association



The Florida Velodrome Association (FVA) is a recently formed non-profit organization working to develop a base from which to build a strong track racing community in Florida.

The FVA is committed to:
• Promoting awareness of the Velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park in Broward County.
• Developing the sport of track cycling by establishing and running a consistent, well organized racing program for athletes of all capabilities.
• Developing local youth participants in the sport of cycling.
• Promoting a “Fit For Life” philosophy for athletes of all ages.

Join them on Facebook.


I believe there's currently less than 30 velodromes in the USA, fortunately for us we happen to have one in our backyard. I strongly urge all South Florida cyclists to check out the velodrome at least once, whether as spectator or participant come experience one of the few track cycling arenas on the east coast.

Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome
9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, FL 33024
(954)357-5160

Schedule:
Monday thru Friday 1:00pm - 9:55pm
Saturdays 8:30am - 9:55pm
Sundays 8:30am - 7:55pm

Wednesdays opens at 5pm*
Closed on Tuesdays

Requirements:
Helmets are mandatory. Bicycle must be track bike or fixed gear with drop bars. No brakes allowed! You may rent a helmet and track bike for if you don't have one.

Adult Fees:
Prior to 5pm $4
After 5pm $5
Monthly Pass $20

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Tropical Cyclocross & Miami Cyclocross



December 18th, 2010
Crandon Park

January 9th, 2011
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens

"On Saturday, December 18, 2010, Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park will host “Tropical Cyclocross,” a day-long series of bicycle races expected to attract Florida’s top cyclists. All proceeds go to the Charlee Homes for Children Program of Miami-Dade County.

Cyclocross is the fastest growing bicycling discipline in the United States. Racing takes place over a mixed terrain course. In the case of Crandon Park, the course will include grass, pavement and sand sections, as well as man-made obstacles.

Dario Perez, the event’s organizer, explains that “Crandon Park is the perfect place to hold a cyclocross race. It has a self-contained ocean front area where riders will be able to compete while enjoying the best of the Park’s natural beauty. In addition, spectators and family members will be able to cheer and watch every second of the races from the comfort of the Park’s shaded grounds.”

There will be several races held during the day, as riders from different age groups and categories face like competitors. The event starts with the Children-Under-9 category at 8:15 in the morning, concluding with the Men’s Category 1 race, which starts at 1:15 in the afternoon.

The race entry fee is $30.00, but children race for free, while juniors and collegiate racers pay $5.00.

All proceeds go to the Charlee Program of Miami-Dade County, a private not-for-profit agency that cares for local children placed in foster care due to abuse, abandonment and neglect. For the past 26 years, the Program has helped thousands of children in the foster care system begin a new life."

For more information visit tropicalcyclocross.com


Also, the 4th Annual Miami Cyclocross is on Sunday December 19th at Oleta Park.



Schedule, photos, video and additional information available on Facebook

Here's a video by Tony Blazejack from last year's Miami Cyclocross.

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Miami Bike Scene T-Shirts!



[Edit 12/16] No more pre-orders at this time.

Back by popular demand.. I'll be getting another limited run of The Miami Bike Scene t-shirts in two weeks. Printed on Gildan 100% cotton, the preshrunk tees are $10 each + $5 shipping & handling, $1 per additional item. Those who pre-order shirts via Paypal will also receive a set of vinyl The Miami Bike Scene stickers!

Please order today if you would like a shirt as these go rather quickly. Pre-order deadline is 12/16. Orders will ship in two weeks and you will receive just before Christmas.


Ordering:

Provided below is an illustration with a ( # ) next to each shirt, select the color combination you like and choose your size using the Paypal drop-down menu, add to cart and then proceed to checkout.




Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Available Colors: Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Black
Available Sizes: YL S M L XL XXL

Ordering Example: #4 Size:M (signifies you want a green shirt with white print in size medium)

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From A To B, Healthy & Free Billboard on I-95

Remember the pro-cycling billboards along I-95 mentioned here early last month? Well it turns out the first billboard went up yesterday, unfortunately for cyclists it's not very visable due to it's awkward southwest angle and distance from the interstate highway.

Here's a photo of it taken while northbound on I-95.



The advertisement is most visible when heading east on the residential SW 3rd Street towards 4th Avenue. The billboard overlooks Jose Marti Park in Little Havana.




Here's the actual design.



I can't say I'm a fan of the billboard, even though something is usually better than nothing when it comes to bicycle advocacy. The slogan works, however the design was not well thought out for billboard use. Some very easy changes such as going with a simpler font and making the "Ride Your Bike" text much much larger would have gone a long way. I also think the City Of Miami seal & SFBC logo overpower and distract from the design. Add those minor issues to the fact that the billboard is not very visible to begin with and it's not hard to comprehend why I'm dissatisfied with the end result.

Here's a quick edit of the original design. It's no work of art but much more legible than the original and took me 2 minutes.



One thing which should be taken into account is how the pro-cycling campaign was originally slated to be placed on digital billboards. Digital billboards place a few restrictions on the designers, mostly with the use of the color white. In the end the city went with standard billboards and it's possible the designer could have made slight changes since the digital requirements no longer applied.

I'll end this with a quote from Clear Channel Outdoor’s recommended guidelines for designing a billboard.

"Creating a billboard is mainly about making it read. Even the best design is worthless if it is not legible from a distance. It is only after legibility has been mastered that creativity can follow."

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Bikes Are Like Proletarian Tanks?



The phrase "Bikes Are Like Proletarian Tanks" can be seen on a new pro-bicycle mural in Wynwood created by the SOFLO crew during Art Basel. The wall is located on the corner of NW 21st Street / 1st Avenue near the Miami Rescue Mission.


Now please observe the photo below, it was taken just a few feet away from the mural. The bike lanes have apparently become a head-in/back-out angle parking lot.



If bikes truly were "like proletarian tanks" then we should get on our bicycles and smash the 25+ motor vehicles I counted parked on both sides of the NW 1st Avenue bike lanes between 21st and 20th Street this afternoon.

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DecoBike Green Carpet Event



Thursday, December 9th
8-11pm

Shore Club
1901 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

"Please join us for this exciting event that will impact hotels, businesses, residents, visitors & all those who live, work or play in Miami Beach! Mingle with decision makers and business owners while learning about this innovative concept. Going GREEN has never been so easy or so much fun... Find out how you are already involved..." - DecoBike

ALL GUESTS THAT WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND MUST RSVP:
(please include name, organizations/company and telephone number)

More information is available here.




Also, check out the new DecoBike iPhone Application. Use your iPhone to fine the nearest DecoBike location, select your favorite station and check bike availability.

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Rosewood : Winter Series Jan-Feb '11



The Winter Series will be held at Brian Piccolo Park road course.

9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, FL 33024

Schedule:

Winter Series : Jan 16 - Jan 23 - Jan 30 - Feb 6
0.5 mile loop

Categories and Time:

9AM Vets 40-49. 45 Minutes + 3 laps.
10AM Vets 50+ 45 Minutes + 3 laps.
11AM 1,2,3 45 Minutes + 3 laps.
12PM 4 & 5's 45 Minutes + 3 laps.

Prizes:

Purse after 4th race to top 5 finishers as follows:
Vets 40-49+ $350.00. Vets 50+ $350.00.
1,2,3 $499.00. 4 & 5's $350.00.
Subject to: 20 riders minimum field per category per date race.

Race Fees:

$18.00 one race $23.00 two races same day. $3.00 insurance fee included.
One day licenses $10.00
Held under USAC permit

For additional information visit MiamiMasters.com

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GMN & Emerge Toy Drive Ride



December 11th
10am

South Miami Metrorail Station
5949 South Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33143

"The Green Mobility Network and Emerge Miami will be buying toys along the ride at Mack Cycle, then at Bookstore in Grove, then on to the Bayfront shops.

Riders should have backpacks, racks or bike bags to carry the items they purchase while on the ride. Mack Cycles will give each rider a Honey Stinger Organic Waffle or Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews to help keep you going through the ride.

The ride will be stopping at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill where we will be dropping toys off for the Marines Toys For Tots. Each rider will recieve a free taco with any other food ordered from Lime Fresh."

View route.

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Red Bull Barge Spin Dec 11 - 15



"Red Bull Barge Spin is a five-day journey on a floating BMX park with Red Bull's incredible BMX riders. Starting in Fort Lauderdale on December 11, the barge will float down the Atlantic to Miami until December 15th.

The barge will start at the Winterfest Boat Parade on December 11th, 6:30pm

December 12 - Two Georges At The Cove, Deerfield 12pm
December 12 - Two Georges, Boynton Beach 6pm

December 13 - Deck 84, Delray Beach 4pm
December 13 - Brian Piccolo Park, Pembroke Pines 7:45pm

December 14 - Finnegan's, Miami 6pm

December 15 - Hard Rock, Bayfront Park and American Airlines Arena, Miami 5pm

Riders include Kevin Robinson, Anthony Napolitan, Corey Martinez, Edwin De la Rosa, Terry Adams, Daniel Dhers, Drew Bezanson and Craig Mast."

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IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit : Virginia Key



December 10 - 12

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is sending one of their Trail Care Crews to help local volunteers with Virginia Key.

"The IMBA visit is worth 10k and it’s a real coup that they are coming to Miami. They are very excited about having mt bike trails in such an urban setting 3.5 miles from the American Airlines Arena "

For more details and information contact John Voss.

Schedule:

Friday, December 10th
6pm Social/Happy Hour @ Bayside Hut

Saturday, December 11th
9am - 12pm IMBA trailbuilding school at Miami Rowing Club
12 - 1pm Lunch provided by Mack Cycle & Fitness
1 - 4pm Trail building field session at Northpoint behind Jimbo's/water treatment plant
4 - 6pm Jimbo's/ BBQ?

Sunday, December 12th
9am - 12pm Trail ride with IMBA crew. Free for volunteers and Virginia Key Bicycle Club members. Suggested $20 donation for others.

*You must volunteer on Saturday or make a donation to ride trails on Sunday


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