Miami Critical Mass | Photos & Video

Close to 500 cyclists came out to the Miami Critical Mass ride this past Friday evening making it the largest group thus far since its inception in 2007. The ride traversed through Little Havana, Coral Gables, Miracle Mile, The Roads, Brickell and Downtown Miami before making a stop at BAR for the after party. Next ride is Friday, June 24th!

Over 100 photos available over at SlipStreamX5 Photography.

Some more great photos are also available at Beached Miami.

Follow this link to see a 12 minute POV from the ride via ProEdgeBiker.

Check out this short clip taken by Federico Vaca at the intersection of Coral Way & 17th Ave.


Miami Bike Polo BBQ

Sunday, May 29th

Jose Marti Park
(Basketball courts under I-95 on SW 5th Street, between 3rd & 4th Ave)

Miami Bike Polo is hosting a special BBQ this Sunday! Bring beverages and food to grill, most importantly bring your bike and some friends. They'll be playing pick up games all afternoon, beginners and spectators welcomed.

RSVP on Facebook


Loose Cannons | June 2nd

Thursday, June 2nd 2011
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)

Starts @
Revolution Bicycle
3444 Main Hwy
Miami, FL 33133

Ends @
28 NE 14th Street
Miami, FL 33128

The race / ride is approximately 6.1 miles.

Winner receives Stones Throw package!

1st Fixed Gear wins $25 bar tab
1st Road bike wins $25 bar tab
1st girl wins a drink ticket
Last person gets a drink ticket

Listening party for new J Rocc album "Some Cold Rock Stuf"

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.


Downtown Ft. Lauderdale / Criterium

I went up to Broward early today to check out the Bill Bone Pro-Am #5 / Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Criterium. I arrived at 8am and was able to watch the Cat 5, followed by the Womens 1-4, Cat 4 and Masters 55+ race. Unfortunately I had to take off early and could not stay for the Pro 1/2 race at 1:15pm.

The course was exciting and technical as expected, one turn in particular may have been too much to handle for some riders forcing them to lose control into a haystack, it's still up for debate whether loose hay strands on the road triggered the crashes or poor cornering skills. Fortunately no one was seriously injured even though one cyclist was taken away in a stretcher, luckily he returned a few minutes later with a few bandages.

Map of the course

I took a lot of photos but the majority of them came out bad and blurry, I don't think there's one good flick in the whole batch. I should probably find out what the settings on my camera actually do, because the auto settings are not working out for photographing fast moving subjects.

Below is a short clip of the start & finish of the Cat 5 race.

Winners - Cat 5

1. Bernardo Nardo
2. Edward Matute
3. Alex Fix

Shout out to Bike Werx & Sun Cycling for representing MIA in FTL.


WLRN | Creating Bicycle Friendly Communities

This afternoon WLRN's "Topical Currents" host Joseph Cooper discussed bicycling in South Florida with Mark Horowitz, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator with the Broward MPO, David Henderson, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator with the Miami-Dade MPO, and Andy Clarke, Executive Director of League of American Bicyclists.

I highly recommend local cyclists to give today's show a listen and to visit the related links below.

Listen Now >>
Download MP3

Related Links:

Bike Broward Bicycle Route Planner
Broward B-Cycle
Key West Bicycle Association
ThinkBike Workshops

Upcoming Events:

05/24 Enhancing Communities: Complete Streets Issues and Initiatives
05/24 Building a Bicycle-Friendly Miami
06/02 Miami Bicycle Summit


Stolen Bike Alert

"Home broken into on Thursday, May 12 and bike was stolen. Bike has been in family for many years and means a lot to us. Green/Blue single speed (reversible hub) Bianchi with white rim tires. Stolen from west Miami Shores. Contact with any info you may have".


Emerge Miami : Bike Prom II

Sunday, May 29th

Government Center
111 NW 1st St
Downtown Miami

Emerge Miami is hosting their 2nd annual Bike Prom at the end of this month. Bike Prom is a slow paced social ride, expect the hear tunes from the bicycle sound system and improv dance parties along the way. The group will ride through Downtown, Brickell, Omni and Midtown. The ride ends at The Vagabond where participants will have the option to attend '90s Homecoming, remember Monday is Memorial Day.

Prom attire highly suggested but not required, dress to impress. Bring a date or go stag, if you do decide to come alone bring bike pegs and pick up some random stranger off the street.

RSVP on Facebook.

Below is a video from last year's Bike Prom


Miami Bicycle Summit

Thursday, June 2nd
5:30pm - 9pm

The Grove Spot
3324 Virginia St
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Social Networking 5:30 - 7pm
Presentations 7 - 8pm
Q&A 8 - 9pm


For No Particular Reason

Today, 23 year old Mario Renteria embarks on his 3,500+ mile bicycle ride across America, from Miami, FL to San Francisco, CA. I encourage all of you to check out his For No Particular Reason ride diary blog. I briefly discussed the trek with Mario during the MS150 this past weekend, he intends on riding an average of 75 miles daily for the next 6-7 weeks.

Best of luck to you Mario, have a safe and wonderful ride. Enjoy the adventure.

In his own words:

"I'm a Miami native, currently 23 and will be celebrating my 24th birthday somewhere on the road. I work as a network administrator for Road America, have a part time job at All4Cyling-USA, and attend FIU. I became intrigued by loaded touring sometime last year and decided that I wanted to have a go at it. There had been very little planning done over the months leading up to the ride. Everything has been coming together in the last few weeks. Initially, this was supposed to be for a charity but raising a significant amount of money was extremely difficult for myself (I had a hard enough time raising up the money for the MS Bike Ride). The ride has now become a personal goal of mine with little more reason than adventure and self discovery. There were a number of friends that wanted to join me on the ride but they quickly began dropping out. I'm only days away from taking off and at this point I can only hope for the best."


Photos from MS150

Excellent ride this weekend for a great cause! Thanks to all the participants, fundraisers, volunteers, sponsors, etc. Below are a few photos of The Miami Bike Scene / MIA Fixed team.


MS150 this Weekend!

Follow @MiamiBikeScene on Twitter this weekend for ride updates and photos!
I'll be retweeting Bike MS related tweets using hashtag #mbsms150

We would really like to extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed funds to The Miami Bike Scene / MIA Fixed Bike MS Team, so far we've raised $41,551.28 and are currently ranked in 5th place out of over 100 teams. With the generous contributions of friends, families and strangers we not only surpassed, but more than doubled our goal of $20,000 for the 25th Anniversary South Florida MS Bike Ride. Our team of 36 is eager and ready to ride 150 miles from Miami to Key Largo and back to do something for the people who have been diagnosed with MS and to educate more people on what it means to live with the disease.

Extra special thanks to team members Lesa Kennedy, Eric Mason, Barbara Manzano, Ivan Aguirre, Ian Forrester, Andrea Agha, Bryan Montero and John Graham for all raising over $1,000 individually!

If you haven't done so already please consider to help us make a difference in the fight against MS, even $5 is a big help.

Once again, thanks.


Building a Bicycle-Friendly Miami

Tuesday, May 24th

Government Center
111 NW First Street, Room 18-4
Miami, FL 33128

Join Bill Nesper, Director of the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Program.

Building a Bicycle-Friendly Miami-Dade

What communities, businesses and universities can do to transform themselves by promoting bicycling.

"The Bicycle Friendly Community Program (BFC) provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community welcomes cyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. View an overview presentation of the program."

To register contact David Henderson.


MPO's Bike & Ride PSA Contest Winners

"Check out these videos produced by local high school students on the County's Bike & Ride program. They're this year's three winners of the Metropolitan Planning Organization's 8th Annual PSA contest.

The purpose of the PSA contest was to both educate students about the Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) Bike & Ride Program and to utilize their creativity to portray this information in a 30-sec segment."

The third PSA available is available here for your viewing pleasure, it's a "silly" one and can't be embedded.

Congratulations to contest winners Andrew Armas, Mark Artounian and Justin Gonzalez!


Ryan Farrell : Hybridity

Saturday, May 14th

UM’s Wynwood Project Space
2200A NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

"UM presents the Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Ryan Farrell. By definition, “hybridity” refers in its most basic sense to mixture. He is a graduate student at the University of Miami seeking his MFA degree in sculpture. As an artist Ryan found his inspiration in the complex relationship that exists between people’s need for energy and the sustainability of their environment. Ryan attempts to communicate his point of view on this whole mess through the manipulation & exploitation of the prime culprit, the automobile. Using car parts as a medium and sampling from his infatuation with science fiction & imagery from popular culture, Ryan has constructed interactive installations and static objects that illustrate his prophetic view of an apocalyptic future. He displays an ironic twist by admitting guilt in his participation in this perilous struggle that is the petroleum cycle, but offers compensation by inviting the audiences’ involvement in a hybrid driven experience of enlightenment."

From the artist:

"I am a graduate student at UM studying sculpture. I am having my final exhibition this Saturday May 14th and I am trying to spread the word especially to communities beyond the art scene that might find the work of interest. I regularly check the Miami Bike Scene website and am a fan. I ride my bike as my main mode of transportation to school and around town. The main piece in my exhibition is an interactive kinetic sculpture where the viewers are invited to ride bicycles that are arranged underneath a canopy made of found head lights and tail lights from cars. When the bikes are pedaled they illuminate the car lights. My work deals with our conflicted relationships with the petroleum cycle, automobiles, plastics and the sustainability of our environment."


Photos from Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl III


Tuesday Night Criterium Series

Tuesday Night Criterium Series
Road Course
Held USA Cycling permit

Brian Piccolo Park
9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, FL 33024

May 3-10-17-24-31
June 7-14-21-28
July 5-12-19-26
Aug 2-9-16-23-30
Sept 6-13-20-27

$250 Monthly Purse to top five points carriers.

Race Starts at 6:30pm.
Distance will be 45 minutes + 3 laps

Entry fee $8 (Insurance Included)
Open to Categories 1-2-3-4 only!
Bring your 2011 USA Cycling license.

For more information, please call the Velodrome Office (954) 437-2626 after 3pm


Ride of Silence : Wednesday, May 18th

Wednesday, May 18th
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

"The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no brochure, no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.

The bike ride will depart from the Miami Seaqurium, west parking lot, on the south side of the Causeway and travel in an easterly direction (towards the Village of Key Biscayne) in the center inside travel lane of the Causeway, to the firehouse turn around loop prior to entering the Village. At this location, the ride will turn back traveling westerly (towards the mainland) in the center inside lane to the Mast Academy Drive traffic light , completing two laps, then return to the origin point.

The ride will take place with the Miami-Dade County Police providing an escort type procession in marked squad cars. City of Miami, and Village of Key Biscayne Police will also provide services for the event."

RSVP on Facebook

Below is a video from the 2009 Ride of Silence.


More Photos from April 29th Miami Critical Mass

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Over 100 excellent photos from last Friday's Miami Critical Mass courtesy of SlipStreamX5 Photography are available by clicking here or the photo above.

Related: A few more photos from the ride were previously posted here on Saturday afternoon.


Photos from Miami Bike Polo May 1st

As usual lots of fun was had by the players and spectators of Miami Bike Polo at Jose Marti Park in Little Havana Sunday afternoon. Saw a couple new faces this week, hopefully some more people come out to next game this upcoming Friday 5/6.

For those interested in checking it out here's the schedule:

Jose Marti Park
(Basketball courts under I-95 on SW 5th Street, between 3rd & 4th Ave)

Fridays 7pm (Except during Miami Critical Mass)
Sundays 1pm

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