March Critical Mass Photos

Great photos from the Critical Mass ride last Friday courtesy of Slipstream Photography, click here to view slideshow.


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The Miami Bike Scene / MIA Fixed Jerseys

Limited cycling jerseys for The Miami Bike Scene / MIA Fixed MS Team are now available.

Deadline to pre-order is Wednesday March 30th!

How to order:

PayPal $45, please send this as a "gift" by clicking on the "personal" tab, understand that if you don't send as a "gift" PayPal will charge the receiver 3%. Your payment will be returned until you send it correctly.

You must specify your size and fit (club, race, and women specific). Use the size chart available at Velocé Speedwear and choose wisely. No refunds! Club ft is the most common in the USA.

The jerseys will be issued in early May just in time for the MS Ride.

Thanks

PS You are not required to be on the MS Team to purchase a jersey. This is a rush order so please act fast.


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Critical Mass Videos

Here's some videos from a few past Critical Mass rides last year. Courtesy of Eddy from Miami Bike Report.



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Loose Cannons : April 7th



Thursday, April 7th 2011
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)

Starts @
Mooie's
9545 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33138

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

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

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.

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Tri-Rail Bicycle Locker Program



Tri-Rail now offers bicycle lockers at select train stations. Ease your commute by riding your bike to the station and securing it in a locker. Then take the train to work, school or play. It's one more reason why it pays to ride Tri-Rail.

Win a brand new Cannondale bike!

Text BIKETRIRAIL to 91011 or click here for a chance to win a new Cannondale bike & complimentary Tri-Ril bicycle locker!

"The South Florida Regional Transportation/Tri-Rail’s first-ever Bicycle Locker Program was designed with your convenience in mind. To help make your travels easier and more comfortable, there are now Bicycle Lockers available for your use at most of Tri-Rail’s stations. Click here for details on bicycle locker quantities and station availability.

The fourth largest Bicycle Program to be launched by a public transportation agency within the United States, there will be approximately 600 lockers available for bicycle and bicycle accessory storage. Our lockers are perforated-sheet, steel lockers, designed to accommodate two bicycles per modular unit, with a diagonal divider and separate door entries on either end. "

To take your first step in securing your bicycle locker today, please click here.

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Virginia Key MTB Trail : Video

Rider's perspective video of a full lap at Virginia Key MTB trails.


VIRGINIA KEY MTB TRAILS from LAKS on Vimeo.

Also, volunteers are needed for trail maintenance this Saturday 3/19 at noon. Check out the Virginia Key Bicycle Club on Facebook for more information.

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Biscayne/Everglades Greenway Bike Festival



Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2011

"Homestead, Florida, the home of the Nation's First Bikeway will be the site of the Third Annual Biscayne/Everglades Greenway Bike Festival, a unique two day event that celebrates the recent opening of the Biscayne/Everglades Greenway Bike Trail. Saturday is supported rides, Sunday is a non supported tour of Greenway. Fee applies to Saturday event only."

Details:

Saturday, April 2nd : Downtown Homestead (41 N. Krome Avenue), Two supported rides with cue sheets and maps provided. Departing at 7:00 a.m. from 41 N. Krome Avenue, in the Historic District of Homestead, 42 miles and 62 miles routes designed with exciting new rest stops. luncheon served at end of ride and included in event price. Fee: $40.00

Sunday, April 3rd : Biscayne National Park (Biscayne NP Visitor's Ctr), Non supported ride on Greenway Trail, FAT TIRE BIKES ONLY strongly recommended. Departing from Biscayne National Park at 9:00 a.m. Ride will have an escort. FREE

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Connecting Miami: Encounters with an Advocate



Connecting the NYC Experience with Miami: Lessons Learned, Similarities and Differences

Friday, March 25th
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, Glasgow Hall
1215 Dickinson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

"Paul Steely White, the bike-walk advocate who in many ways prepared the way for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's transportation reforms, will speak at the University of Miami on March 25, in a program jointly presented by Green Mobility Network and UM's School of Architecture.

White is executive director of Transportation Alternatives, whose 8,000 members and 1,000 active volunteers pursue the vision of walkable streets, traffic justice, and parity for bicyclists and pedestrians in a city long dominated by the automobile despite its excellent public transportation." - Green Mobility Network

RSVP on Facebook

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Spring Forward



Spring forward to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 13th at 2:00am.

The extra hour of daylight is welcomed by cyclists and pedestrians alike, go out and enjoy it. Kickoff DST with a ride, if you're up for a metric century this weekend join The Miami Bike Scene / MIA Fixed MS Team on their weekly Sixtwo Sunday ride.

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T-shirts available at Sweat Records



The Miami Bike Scene t-shirts can now be purchased at the recently launched Sweat Records online shop. Available in various colors and sizes. Go here to purchase.

If you prefer not to shop online you can still stop by the store and pick one up in person. Supplies limited.

Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

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Tweed Ride II



Saturday, March 26th
10:00am-2:30 pm

University Metrorail Station
5400 Ponce de Leon
Miami, FL 33146

"The bicycle social event of the season returns. Dig out your tweedy best and dress up like the bike-loving dandies of the 1920s or 1890s. A special guest on the ride this year is Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives. We'll ride to the Coral Gables Museum for brunch and a fun raffle. Professor David Rifkind of the FIU School of Architecture will once again provide us with the history of the Coral Gables landmarks we will be visiting."

RSVP on Facebook

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Virginia Key Mountain Bike Trails Video

Short video highlighting the building of the Virginia Key MTB Trails and the Grand Opening on February 20th.

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Opa Locka Bike Lanes

Opa-Locka, the city known mostly for it's Moorish architecture, poverty and crime, and infamous ban on saggy pants, can now add bike lanes to it's list.

Unfortunately most cyclists in the area never utilize the bike lanes, instead they choose to ride on the sidewalk or the shoulder of the road. I think I've seen more people walking shopping carts against traffic in the bike lane than actual bicycle commuters.

The bike lanes are on the following roads:

NW 22nd Ave, between NW 119th Street and NW 151st St *
Ali Baba Ave, between NW 22nd Avenue and NW 37th Avenue
Perviz Avenue, between Oriental Blvd and Dunvad Ave
Opa-Locka Blvd, between NW 22nd Ave & NW 17th Ave

* Ends briefly between Rutland St and Ali Baba Blvd (while crossing SR9/Tri-Rail tracks)



View Opa-Locka Bike Lanes in a larger map

For the most part the bike lanes are free of hazards or debris, however broken glass can often be found outside the apartment complex east of Segal Park (NW 22nd Ave/Wilmington St).




If you're familiar with Opa-Locka you will definitely get a kick out of this clip from the 1968 documentary "Salesman".

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BFF Group Ride to O Cinema



Saturday, March 19th
4:45pm

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami

Join us on a scenic ride through Downtown Miami, The Roads, Brickell, Edgewater and Wynwood before arriving at O Cinema (90 NW 29th Street) for the Bicycle Film Festival.

Tentative route available here, subject to change.

FREE bicycle valet parking will be provided by Green Mobility Network.

We will arrive on time for the 7:00pm screening of Riding The Long White Cloud, you're encouraged to stick around for the ever popular program Urban Bike Shorts featuring Lucas Brunelle's Line Of Sight and much more at 9pm!

RSVP for BFF Group Ride on Facebook.

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La Noche Miami Criterium



Thursday, March 17th
7:30pm

2 Races, 1 Night
Fixed Gear & Road Bikes
$10

On site registration: O Cinema (90 NW 29th St)
Awards ceremony and after party at BAR

The Bicycle Film Festival presents La Noche Criterium, an unsanctioned bicycle race through a desolate area of the Wynwood Art District in Miami, Florida. This race will consist of two rides: one fixed, one geared.

Each race will last 15 laps over a .8 mile course. It has 4 corners and is flat and fast! Please see course map below. Several primes will be given out randomly throughout each race with prizes for the top 3 finishers of both the fixed and geared races. Additionally, we will have a grand prize for the 1st place woman of each the fixed and geared races.

La Noche Criterium is presented by the Bicycle Film Festival and brought to you by A Late Night Snack. The goal of this race is to unite the diverse cycling communities that exist here in Miami for our mutual love of riding a bike. Check back often for more race details as they become available.

Rules:

Registration is final, no refunds will be given. No shows will have their place forfeited to unregistered riders who are present at the event provided they are able to comply with the rules of the race.

A CPSC CERTIFIED HELMET MUST BE WORN WHILE RIDING. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT ONE.

Please note that only track bikes are allowed to participate in the "fixed" race. ALL BRAKES MUST BE REMOVED PRIOR TO THE RACE STARTING. FIXED RIDERS MUST ALSO HAVE SOME FORM OF FOOT RETENTION. I.e. cages + straps, clipless pedals. There will be a pre-race inspection.

Riders about to be lapped by the leading group will be asked to retire from the race. There will be no free laps given.

Sponsored by:
Bicycle Film Festival
Dodici
Rapha
Origin 8
San Marco
Top Dog Cycles
The Scoot Skate and Bike Co.
Brooklyn Brewery
Roma Bakery
Angelique Euro Cafe

Click here for more information and to register.

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Get In Gear Bike Ride : North Miami



Saturday, March 12th
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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Florida Bike Month Is Here!

March is Florida Bike Month, check out all the local cycling activities taking place in the events calendar. Floridians celebrate bike month two months ahead of the rest of the nation before the really hot and humid weather kicks in, while the rest of the country has recognized May as National Bike Month since 1956.

Personally, I'd rather celebrate Bike Month in May. I believe "Bike To Work Day" has never really taken off in Florida due to it not being in sync with the rest of the nation. I would really like to do a Car vs. Bus vs. Bike Commuter Race during 8am rush hour in Miami. If anyone is up for the challenge which would take place in May, leave a comment. I'll state the obvious by saying I will not be the one driving or taking public transit in this challenge.


Below are some event highlights for March:
FVA Thursday Night Track Racing Series, Loose Cannons, Miami Bike Hunt, Tour de Cure, 2011 Rosewood Series, Sixtwo Sundays, Get In Gear Bike Ride, La Noche Miami Criterium Race, Bicycle Film Festival, $100,000 BBPA, 3rd Annual Florida Bike Summit, Miami Critical Mass, Tweed Ride II, Core-Cat Alleycat Race, and EBC Snowbird Century.

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