Sharrows in Coconut Grove



More sharrows in the City of Miami, these were recently striped on Mary Street in Coconut Grove between Bird Ave and Grand Ave.

Hopefully sharrows start appearing on streets with more bicycle traffic. I would really like to see sharrows added on Grand Ave between 37th Ave (Douglas Rd) and Mary Street. On street parking and a narrow travel lane make "getting doored" very imminent on Grand Ave. Sharrows and adequate signage would be very fitting here reminding motorists to share the road.

It would also be great to see sharrows on S Bayshore Drive between McFarlane Rd and Federal Highway (US1), a route frequently used by hundreds of cyclists daily.


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Photos from Miami Critical Mass

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Photos by Slipstream Photography



Check out BeachedMiami for a few more photos and blurb.

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FDOT Meeting : SW 57 Ave Bike Lanes (Recap)


12' travel lane, 5' bike lane, 35mph speed limit


Earlier this evening, West Miami residents and businesses had the opportunity to view and discuss FDOT plans for a roadway project on SW 57 Avenue from SW 24 Street/Coral Way to SW 8 Street. The project includes constructing sidewalks, installing (drainage, decorative lighting, new traffic signs), modifying driveways, removing trees, planting trees, etc.

FDOT has also included bike lanes in their project plans on (Red Road), from SW 22nd Street to SW 10th Street.

Below are images of the FDOT plans, the turquoise lines represent proposed bike lanes. If traveling south on SW 57 Avenue the bike lane will end on 22 Street, if traveling north it will end on 10 Street. This is due to the lengthening of existing turn lanes and the addition of a left turning lane.


SW 24 Street (Coral Way) to 22 Street



SW 10 Street to 8 Street


FDOT is trying to acquire land from The Biltmore School for the bike lane on the corner of SW 16th street, the current plans omit the bike lane because it is not on state property.


SW 16 Street (The Biltmore School), west side of Red Rd


I didn't encounter any opposition towards the bike lanes during my short stay at the meeting, however I did see shop owners express concern with the road construction hindering their businesses. The construction is expected to begin in Spring of 2012, and last about 400 days.

For more information on the scope of the project go here.

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M-I-A FIXED



Two years ago today I launched the MIA Fixed forums, a free online community for locals to discuss cycling, coordinate rides, buy/sell bikes, etc. The forum currently boasts 1000+ registered members, 2500+ discussions, and thousands of comments. An asset to many S. Florida cyclists as the forum is the most convenient way for them to engage in discussions with their peers.

For the past 2 years I have heard countless people incorrectly pronounce the name of the website, today I have decided to address this problem so that we shall never hear it uttered inaccurately ever again.




MIA.. an abbreviation for Miami, the city we live and ride in.

Ok, repeat after me

M·I·A·Fixed
[em-ahy-ey-fikst]

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One Year Later



One year ago today approximately 2500 cyclists came to show support for a fallen cyclist and to demand changes from local government concerning safety issues on the Rickenbacker Causeway.

During the past 12 months exactly what was accomplished?

I asked myself that same question and could only come up with a few things, and most not very significant in terms of getting motor vehicles to actually slow down on the causeway.

Below are the few I could think of off the top of my head:

  • Mile markers along the road to help emergency crews find victims of an accident.
  • A few days after the accident, I witnessed some police enforcing the speed limit.
  • Key Biscayne Fire Station #15 opened on weekends.
  • A few dozen cyclists received citations. (this one is here just for laughs)

I assume I must have omitted something so I've decided to reach out to local cyclists, activists and most importantly government personnel for more information. Please leave a comment and enlighten myself and others on changes made and/or planned for the immediate future which will make the Rickenbacker Causeway safer for recreational users.

Carlos Bertonatti's trial is set for February 22nd.

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Loose Cannons : February 3rd



Thursday, February 3rd 2011
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)

The race is approximately 6.1 miles.

Starts @
Revolution Bicycle
3444 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133

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

1st Place wins Brixton Milo Hat
1st Fixed Gear wins $25 bar tab
1st Road bike wins $25 bar tab
1st girl wins a bunch of drink tickets
Last person gets a drink ticket

All participants will be included in a raffle to win tickets to the Floggin Molly concert at The Fillmore, compliments of Live Nation.

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.

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Trek Women's Bike Camp



Sunday, January 30th

Quiet Waters Park
401 S.Powerline Park
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

"Ladies, we are offering a One Day Only Bike Camp Sun Jan 30 at Quiet Waters 9:30-1:00pm. Bring your Mtn bike and improve your off road skills, learn to jump obstacles, ascend and descend, bike handling skills and more. Yoga stretch session will be followed by a maintenance clinic, learn how to fix a flat and keep your bike shifting smoothly. Open demo opportunities are followed by a short road ride, lunch is included. This is a free clinic for women cyclists, space is limited so please R.S.V.P. to ross_rushin@trekbikes.com if you would like to attend."

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Bicycle Film Festival Miami : March 18 - 20



We are proud to announce the BFF’s second year in Miami, and the tenth anniversary of the international Bicycle Film Festival. All film screenings at will take place at O CINEMA in Miami's Wynwood Arts District.

More details to be announced.

If you're interested in volunteering or sponsoring the BFF Miami email: jen@bicyclefilmfestival.com

"The Bicycle Film Festival is an arts and cultural event that celebrates the bicycle. The festival brings together many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, as well as various bicycling communities—road racing, mountain biking, fixed gear, BMX, and bike polo—over a shared passion for bike riding. 300,000 people are expected to attend globally this year."

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FDOT Meeting : SW 57 Ave Bike Lanes



Thursday, January 27, 2011
6 - 8pm

City of West Miami Community Center
901 SW 62 Avenue
West Miami, Florida 33144

"The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six is designing
construction plans for a roadway project on State Road (SR) 959/SW 57 Avenue from
SW 24 Street/Coral Way to SW 8 Street.

The proposed work includes:

Constructing sidewalks in areas where there are none to provide connection to existing sidewalks on both sides of the roadway where state owned property is available.

Adding bicycle lanes on both sides of the roadway where state owned property is
available.

Construction is expected to begin in Spring of 2012, and last about 400 days.

The public will have the opportunity to view the project plans and the graphic displays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A PowerPoint presentation will start at 7 p.m. FDOT representatives will be available before and after the presentation to discuss the project and answer questions. Your participation is encouraged and will give us the opportunity to discuss the project design, listen to your comments and address any concern that you may have."

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Sharrows in Brickell

The City of Miami recently striped sharrows on Brickell Bay Dr (S Bayshore Dr) between SE 15th Rd and 14th Street.

Update 1/31
More sharrows have been added, now extending to SE 8th Street.




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Redland Ramble II



Saturday, January 29th
10:30am

Starting Point:

1st National Bank
1550 N. Krome Ave
Homestead, FL 33033
(The parking lot is behind the bank on SW 304th St and NE 1st Ave)

Join Green Mobility Network on this leisurely ride through the Redlands as they visit the The Redland Herb Farm, Bee Haven Farm and Andre's Fish Farm. Total distance 14mi.

The group will be stopping at Andre's Fish Farm on the last stop. This is where riders, who visit Eventbrite and pre-pay, will enjoy a lunch consisting of locally grown foods from Andre's and Bee Haven. You can still participate in the ride even if you do not wish to have the lunch. Do let them know you're coming though at the Green Mobility Network Facebook event page.

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Miami South BMX Jan 14 - 16


January 14th - 16th

Miami South BMX
13050 SW 216 STREET
MIAMI, FL. 33170
(305) 258-9442

"Miami South BMX is expecting over 600 riders and 3,000 spectators coming to this event. We are expecting a large group of amateur and professional BMX riders coming from all parts of the state of Florida, the South East, Latin America and beyond. This race is one of several key races in earning points and placement under the SSA (Sunshine State BMX Association) state championship.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to witness this Olympic sport. Racing begins at 11:00am on Saturday and at 9:00am on Sunday. We will have several representatives from the NBL (National Bicycle League) available to answer any questions you may have regarding BMX.

Through the arduous efforts of a completely volunteer organization, Miami South BMX has recently undergone a major overhaul to the track’s surface. According to Track Director, Brian Loy, "We are expecting some hard fast racing given the redesign of the track “.

BMX (bicycle motocross) has seen a significant spike in ridership and attendance since its debut as an Olympic Sport during the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China. This international recognized sport is a great form of fitness and competition as racers are separated by gender, age and class."

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Stone Crab 160 : Miami to Marco Island (Video)



Nice video from the Stone Crab 160 ride last November. The 160 mile charity ride from Miami to Marco Island and back benefited foster care children. Participants rode across scenic Tamiami Trail, bordering the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. Based on the footage it looked like a pleasant ride for a great cause . Photos available here.

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Miami Beach : Share The Road



Since late December the City of Miami Beach has been installing thermoplastic sharrows along Washington Avenue from South Pointe Drive to Dade Boulevard. The sharrows are in the outside travel lanes adjacent to the parking lane and are there to notify motorists that they must share the road with bicyclists. The City of Miami Beach intends to improve bicycle safety by encouraging bicyclists to ride on the road rather than the sidewalk in the same direction as other vehicles and outside of the car door zone. The city will also be installing bike racks on every block between 4th an 17th street.

In related news, Deco Bike will finally launch their bicycle sharing program in February. Soon we'll see if Miami Beach locals and visitors will get off the side walk and make use of the new sharrows. All the tools are in place, it's now left up to the public to utilize them and for motorists and bicyclists to be educated on the law.



See flyer en espaƱol.

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Loose Cannons 3-Yr Anniversary : Video & Photos


Photos by Joel Meinholz


An estimated 50 racers came out to the Loose Cannons 3-Yr Anniversary Race last Thursday night and battled the brutal head wind. The race started at MIA Skate Shop and ended at the bicycle friendly BAR. Racers were required to stop at a designated check point and asked to drink from a bottle of Prosecco and do ten push ups. The first 40 racers to reach the check point received a celeste Ferny "Lancito" Heria Jr commemorative spoke card, Loose Cannons was his favorite race so we wanted to pay tribute to him on the first race without him.

Ferny's relatives attended the event and gave a few participants and friends Bianchi Celeste cycling caps, this was very nice of them and it was really great seeing them take part in something which was very dear to him.

I would like to thank everyone who participated and to congratulate Joel from Sun Cycling Center on getting 1st place! It's only right that the winner of the race was riding a Bianchi Pista similar to Ferny's and sporting celeste cycling sunglasses.

Checkout the video which captures the pandemonium at the check point.



Special thanks to Joel Meinholz of IAmYourVillain for starting this race three years ago.

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Sixtwo Sundays : 100k Metric Century Ride



Update 4/15

The time has been moved up to 11am on Sunday 4/17. This is not permanent, no ride at 1pm this Sunday!



Update 2/28

We tried a new route to change things up a bit. The new route goes through South Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Downtown Miami, South Beach, Sunny Isles, North Miami Beach, and Little Haiti. Here's a link to the route. It's likely that the group will switch weekly between the "Robert's" route and "beach" route. There's definitely much more traffic during "beach" route and it gives a different riding experience. Not for inexperienced cyclists.


Update 2/3
The route has been revised and is now available at Bikely.
The group leaves at 1:00pm sharp so please arrive by 12:45pm.
Average speed 16-18mph.

We makes only one stop at Robert's for food/drink/restroom break and try to limit it to 15-20 minutes. (Please avoid the long milkshake line)

We will no longer use the busway on the return trip, we will instead do a return loop using the same route in which we used to get to Robert's. It's highly recommended that you print a copy of the route.

Please read and try to follow the group riding guidelines if you intend on joining us.

We usually have a group of 20-25 cyclists on the ride and we're expecting a few more as Bike MS in May approaches. Come join us.


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Every Sunday
Beginning January 2nd, 2011
South Miami Metrorail Station
1:00pm

If your New Year's Resolution is to spend more time in the saddle then we might be able to help you. We're kicking off 2011 with weekly 62.2 mile group rides for friends and members of The Miami Bike Scene MS Team. For those who don't know a metric century is 100 kilometers or 62.2 miles.

The rides will start at the South Miami Metrorail Station every Sunday, weather permitting. Make sure to arrive on time as we will be leaving at 1:00pm sharp. We'll traverse through South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Narranja, Homestead, and Florida City. We'll make a brief stop at Robert Is Here for food and drinks and then commence the return trip. We should be back to South Miami by 6pm.

Route available here.

Average speed 16-18mph. This is not a race and it's sole purpose is to help newer riders get in shape for Bike MS in May. All are welcomed and you do not have to be on the MS Team to participate.

Bring essential tools, spare tube, patch kit, pump, phone, etc.


Please donate to our team if you're in a position to help, thanks.

Bike MS

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Stolen Bike Alert



1972 Yellow Peugeot stolen Friday night (1/7/11) from the courtyard of building on 10th and Meridian, South Beach. It's stripped down to a single speed with deep v white rims, Crank Bros Mallet pedals, white wrapped handlebars, white Bontrager saddle and a white basket.

*Recovered

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Get In Gear Bike Ride : North Miami



Saturday, January 8th
8:30am

Starting point:

MOCA Plaza
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami, FL 33161

"North Miami Mayor Andre D. Pierre challenges the North Miami community to work towards a New Year’s resolution for a healthier lifestyle by participating in the monthly Get in Gear Community Bike Rides in North Miami. The rides will take place on the second Saturday of the month through March, so mark these dates in your calendar: January 12th, February 12th, and March 12th, and plan to attend the ride.

Commit yourself to a healthier lifestyle by participating in this 10 mile ride through North Miami. The ride is safe (where else do you get a police escort?), it’s easy (stops are made during the ride for water and restroom breaks) and it’s fun (bring your friends!)."

Registration & Release Form

"Bring your own bike. Helmets are encouraged. Two scheduled stops are included in the January ride, which takes off to the East: Jamba Juice, (13505 Biscayne Boulevard) and the Gypsy Tea Shop,(13149 West Dixie Highway.) Water and restroom access will be available at each stop.

The Get in Gear Community Bike Ride is an ACHIEVE wellness initiative, in partnership with the North Miami Police Department and the North Miami Police Department. Our mission is to encourage a healthier lifestyle through exercise and more nutritional diets."

For details on the Get in Gear Bike Ride, call the North Miami Office of the Mayor and Council at 305.895.9815 or 305.895.9818.

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Cycle World : Giant for Women Clinic and Demo



"Cycle World will be hosting A Clinic and Bike Demo with Giant for Women on Saturday, January 15th, 2011(Womens Clinic) and Sunday, January 16th, 2011 (Bike Demo). All events are free and refreshments will be provided. Please call (305) 221-2123 the store for further details and RSVP by January 12th, 2011 @ info@cycleworldmiami.com space is limited so RSVP today. Specify in the e-mail your preferred interest (Beginner Road/ Experienced Road, Beginner Mountain/Experienced Mountain)."

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Greg LeMond : Breaking Speed Limits



Friday, January 21st
7pm

Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

"The Wolfsonian welcomes Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France, the best known and most prestigious three-week bicycle race in the world. LeMond shares his views on challenging and conquering speed limits through his experiences with the Tour and his years at the top of the cycling world. As the first American to capture the event, LeMond revolutionized the sport in the 1980s and early 1990s. He was the first successful professional to use clipless pedals, cycling eyewear, modern high tech helmets, and aero bars. To put LeMond's accomplishments in context, the evening kicks off with a glimpse the tour before LeMond conquered it, as we screen Vive Le Tour (1962, France, Louis Malle, 19 min, French with English subtitles, color, DVD). For more information or to RSVP: 305.535.2644 or lydia@thewolf.fiu.edu. Free for Wolfsonian members, $10 all others."

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Tropical Cyclocross & 5K Tropitrot



Sunday, January 9th, 2011
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens

Cyclocross Racing & 5K Tropitrot

"On Sunday, January 9, 2011, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be the epicenter of Miami’s fitness community, as it hosts the first run and walk of the new year, the “Tropitrot 5K,” and "Tropical Cyclocross,” a series of off-road bicycle races expected to attract Florida’s top cyclists. Proceeds go to the Charlee Homes for Children Program of Miami-Dade County and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

The event starts with the “Tropitrot 5K,” a unique run and walk conducted along Fairchild’s world-renowned gardens. Dario Perez, the event’s organizer, explains: “We wanted to do a different 5K, one that would inspire participants to get out and take advantage of our community’s natural beauty. We immediately thought of Fairchild. This is an excellent opportunity to open the year strong by completing a 5K within a memorable family-friendly setting.”

Following the 5K, the day continues with the return of “Tropical Cyclocross,” a series of cycling races successfully conducted at Fairchild last season. Mr. Perez explains that “cyclocross is the fastest growing cycling discipline in the United States. Racing takes place over a mixed-terrain course. In the case of Fairchild, the course will include grass, pavement, sand sections, as well as man-made obstacles. There will be several races held during the day, as riders from different age groups and categories face like competitors.”

The race entry fee for the 5K is $20 in advance; $25 on race day. For the cyclocross races the entry fee is $30.00, but children race for free, while juniors and collegiate racers pay $5.00.

The Charlee Program of Miami-Dade County (www.charleeprogram.org) is 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.
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Volunteers are needed on Saturday & Sunday. All volunteers race for free!.
Contact Dario Perez at (305) 379-9162 or email for details.


Don't have a cyclocross bike? You can rent one at Mack Cycles (305) 661-8363


Check out this video by Tony Blazejack from last year's race.

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Miami Springs / River Cities Festival 1988 BMX (Video)

I stumbled upon this excellent BMX freestyle video from 990Adjustments on Vimeo. The footage is from the Miami Springs / River Cities Festival (Regatta on the Circle) circa 1988. Really great stuff.

There's also some footage of skateboarding and even some dude on a road bike makes a brief cameo half way through the video.

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Miami Critical Mass : WVUM 90.5 PSA



I was recently informed that WVUM 90.5 FM has been running a Miami Critical Mass public service announcement on the radio. The PSA was produced by Julian Malagon (Hip Hop Shop Host, Wednesdays 8-10PM) & Amber Robertson (General Manager) of WVUM as part of the stations efforts to aid a non-profit client and provide a community service.

The objective of the PSA is to inform, educate and raise awareness regarding Miami Critical Mass and The Miami Bike Scene. The PSA was also submitted to the National Broadcasting Society's 48th Annual National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition under the PSAs [Audio 143] category.

Thanks for the help Amber and good luck with the contest!

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Happy New Year!



Happy New Year!

The Miami Bike Scene just made it even easier to remember Critical Mass is on the last Friday of every month. Ride safe in 2011 and beyond. Spread the word.

Download the 8.5" x 11" calendar here. Feel free to print & distribute calendars throughout S. Florida, particularly at schools and bike shops.

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