Thursday, February 16, 2012
Ride For Safety : In Honor of Aaron Cohen
Saturday, February 18th
Cyclists are asked to meet at 8:30am at the Bayfront Park Fountain on Biscayne Blvd & Flagler Street in downtown Miami, pedals up 8:45am. We will be riding as a group in honor of fellow cyclist Aaron Cohen who was struck and killed by a hit & run driver this week. The group will ride towards Key Biscayne via Brickell Avenue and up the William Powell Bridge were Aaron and his friend Enda Walsh were hit. Between 9:00am-10:00am the police will have the south side of the Rickenbacker Causeway closed to motor vehicles. Aaron Cohen, 36, was an avid cyclist, married and father of two. It's very unfortunate that we have to come together under such tragic circumstances to honor his life.
Please remember to ride safe & courteous. All are welcome.
Event info on Facebook, please spread the word to the cycling and running community.
Please read: We were just informed that the 12th Annual Walk for the Animals is also taking place at Bayfront Park on Saturday morning. Registration for the event starts at 8:30am but the actual walk doesn't begin until 10:00am. Remember, pedals up at 8:45am, we do not wish to interfere with the dog walk. On the morning of the ride if we feel that we are in the way, we will move about half a block south and congregate on the corner of Biscayne Blvd & Chopin Plaza. If you feel uncomfortable with this feel free to meet the group at the top of William Powell Bridge at 9:00am.
ONE VOICE IN SOLIDARITY—A MESSAGE TO BICYCLISTS, RUNNERS, TRIATHLETES, AND OTHERS PLANNING TO ATTEND THE MEMORIAL EVENT FOR AARON COHEN ON SAT., FEB. 18
This message was prepared and agreed to by members of several organizations that represent bicyclists, runners, pedestrians, and other users of Miami’s streets and roadways. All were involved in a meeting to plan the event with County and City staff. We are grateful to the County and City representatives who are working hard to make the event go smoothly and without incident.
Time and location: The event will take place between 9-9:45 a.m. on the southbound side of the William Powell bridge (the “high” bridge). This is the side going toward Key Biscayne. The bridge will be closed to motor vehicles during this time, and traffic will be redirected to the other side of the causeway.
Riding to the event: Cyclists are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Bayfront Park Fountain on Biscayne Blvd. & Flagler St. (Biscayne & Chopin Plaza due to Dog Walk event) in downtown Miami, pedals up 8:45 a.m. The ride will proceed south on Brickell to the Rickenbacker Causeway. Two toll gates will be reserved exclusively for bicyclists. This ride will be led by the Esserman bicycling team in their yellow jerseys—Aaron Cohen was a member.
Traffic and parking: To minimize traffic and parking problems, please avoid driving to the event. If you must drive, please try to park either before you get to the Powell bridge or on the U.S. 1 side of the toll plaza.
Respect other users of the roadway: Because of the event, the multi-use path on the bridge is likely to be crowded with pedestrians and others. Please avoid bicycling on the multi-use path, and please be courteous to others if it’s crowded.
Please behave with the respect this event deserves—all of Miami will be watching. We are saddened and angered that this event is necessary. We intend to follow up with discussions about ways to prevent such incidents in the future. But this is not an occasion for angry demands and political grandstanding. Let’s show all Miamians that we deserve their respect and attention.