January Critical Mass Photos & Videos

An estimated 1150 cyclists participated in the Miami Critical Mass ride on Friday, January 27th, the largest attendance thus far since the ride started in 2007. Here's some photos & videos from the ride.

Photos:


SlipStream Photography (106 photos)

Beached Miami (16 photos)


Videos:








Next ride is on Friday, February 24th.

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Stolen Bike Alert

It's getting ridiculous, very soon this is going to be..



Two bikes were stolen from a home in Hialeah near Red Rd & 103rd St earlier today. One bike is a white Cannondale road bike with blue rear triangle and lugged fork, the other is a new white Solé single-speed with orange deep v rims, front rim is machined for brake. Contact Geo if you have any information.



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Stolen Bike Alert

50cm light metallic blue SE Draft single-speed. No decals, black saddle & tires. Stolen this afternoon around 12:30pm from the MDC Wolfson Campus bike parking in downtown. Guess the security guard wasn't doing a very good job, but that should come as no surprise since bikes are frequently stolen from this lot.

If you have any information contact Lauren. See details below for bike's distinctive traits:


Narrow gold Origin 8 riser bars, yellow "Oury" grips have been cut short, the "Y" is gone so they read "OUR".



Black one-piece cranks. Silver pedals, no straps. Dark pink chain.



Silver front wheel, quick release. Front brake only.

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Bicycle Weekend Guide January 26-29



Lots of bicycle related events going on this weekend, there's something for everyone: happy hour, community rides, alleycat race, kids safety, criterium, track racing, bike polo, and more. Try and make it out to one or more of the events listed below. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 26th

Bicycle Happy Hour
Start your weekend off early with Bicycle Happy Hour at Wood Tavern in Wynwood. Half off drinks!
5pm - 8pm


Friday, January 27th

Miami Critical Mass
Last Friday of the month! Join 600-800 cyclists as they ride around Miami.
6:30pm

Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass
If you're in the Broward County area join our friends in FTL on their monthly community ride.
6:30pm

Foxtrot Alleycat
Short & fast alleycat race from downtown to South Beach after Critical Mass, $5
9:30pm


Saturday, January 28th

Bike & Child Safety Event
Free safety information and giveaways for kids courtesy of Miami Children's Hospital and Kohl's.
11am - 2pm


Sunday, January 29th

Rosewood Winter Series 2012
Last criterium race of the Winter Series at Brian Piccolo Park.
9am - 1pm

Sunday's At The Park
Omnium race at the Brian Piccolo Velodrome.
1pm - 5pm

Downtown BMX Sunday Sessions
Join freestyle BMX crew KrancLife as they ride through downtown Miami.
1pm - 4pm

Miami Bike Polo BBQ
Monthly bike polo BBQ at Riverside Park. Spectators welcomed, bring beverages & snacks.
1pm - Until the lights go off


Also, if you're an experienced cyclist looking for a training ride and you wake at an ungodly hour on weekends then check out the Group Rides page, lots of rides to choose from with various distances & speeds.

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Amateur Bicycle Race 1982 (Video)

I recently stumbled upon video footage from an amateur bicycle race in Miami circa 1982. I really enjoy vintage media from Miami and anything cycling related from the late 70s/early 80s so discovering this 30 year old video for the first time was a delight. The footage, grainy and with an announcer left me curious so I decided to contact the video publisher for the backstory on the race.

"The footage is from my dad, Rafael Ferrans. It was along Okeechobee Rd. and passes under the Florida Turnpike at some point. It was a total of 35 miles. My dad was part of the "Italian Team", although all of them are/were from Colombia. (My dad is at the beginning wearing all black with a white helmet.) Apparently my dad and some friends and friends of friends liked the fact that there were lots of professional races going on in the streets and highways at the time. They said, "Why don't we try it?" So they started their own amateur races." - Ralph Jr

The fact that it's "Italians vs Cubans" but the Italians are actually Colombian makes it so much better. It highlights the fun they were having with it and reminds me of a time when things were considerably more pure and simple ; Steel frames, cycling caps, toe clips & straps (gold chains optional). Style points to the Cuban racer with the PiL t-shirt. USA!

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Stolen Bike Alert

[Update] Bicycle recovered 1/23, suspect arrested

Here's a first for the much too frequent 'Stolen Bike Alerts' at The Miami Bike Scene, a still image from a security camera of the perp and theft in process.



Matte black and gray 2011 Trek/Gary Fisher Paragon 29er stolen from North Beach (around 71st in the Normandy Shores area Friday (1/20) around 4:30pm.

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2012 La Roootaa MTB Series



2012 La Roootaa Mountain Biking Series

02/19 - La Roootaa #1 (Oleta)
03/18 - 60 Mile Challenge (Oleta)
04/15 - La Roootaa #2 (Oleta)
05/20 - La Roootaa #3 (Oleta)
06/17 - La Roootaa #4 (Oleta)
07/22 - La Roootaa #5 (Amelia)
08/26 - La Roootaa #6 (Amelia) *Postponed
09/16 - 60 Mile Challenge (Oleta)
10/14 - La Roootaa #7 (Amelia)
10/20 - 12 Hours (Oleta)
12/08 - 12 Hours (Amelia)
12/23 - La Roootaa #8 (Amelia)

More information available here.

*Dates and locations subject to change

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KrancLife Downtown Sunday Session : Video

Video from KrancLife's first ever "Downtown Sunday Sessions" this past weekend. Freestyle BMX riders are welcomed to join them this Sunday (1/21) between 1:30pm - 8pm in downtown Miami.






And while we're highlighting BMX check out this excellent edit from Atmosphere Bikes "5 on 5" contest this past December. Video courtesy of Creative Duet.

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Sunday's At The Park



Every other Sunday starting January 29th, 2012 at the velodrome

$10
Registration 1pm
Racing 2pm

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

Check out www.flavelo.org for more information or call Alexander Gil (305) 608-7390 or Jose Basulto (305) 496-3033


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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Stolen Bike Alert



White Motobecane Track bike stolen in Coconut Grove early this morning (1/19). It was parked across the street from Green Street Cafe on Main Hwy. The bike has bullhorn handlebars and brakes. Contact Victor if you have any information.

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Ride America for Safe Routes



"Four ambitious women are undertaking a cross country endurance ride that will kick off in Key West on February 5, 2012 and culminate in San Francisco in late April. Two sisters, Jeanie and Chelsea Ward-Waller, their mother, Jane, and close friend Stephanie Palmer are riding across America to benefit the bicycle safety advocacy efforts of the League of American Bicyclists and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Dubbed "Ride America for Safe Routes" (RASR), their ride follows a route traversing 13 southern states and 20 major cities, logging over 5,000 miles between Florida and California. The mission of RASR is to raise $50,000 for the League’s Bike Friendly America program and for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs in local communities. In addition, the RASR Team will advocate the critical need for bike safety and promote the public health benefits of bicycling through events with local bicycle groups and SRTS programs in communities along their route. See the RASR website at http://rideforsaferoutes.com or contact rideforsaferoutes@gmail.com for more information on the Ride and to support a future of bike-friendly communities. Come out and ride with the RASR riders in Miami on February 7."

ATTENTION SOUTH FLORIDA CYCLISTS
You are encouraged to join them for a part of their ride, see schedule below!


February 7th - Key Largo to Miami
8am departure from Key Largo (John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park trailhead) to Miami arrive by 2pm. Visiting Key Biscayne K-8 Center at 2:30pm.

February 8th - Miami to Parkland, FL
7am visiting a local school to promote Safe Routes to School. Departing Miami around 9am, departure location TBD, to ride to Parkland, FL with a stop midday in Fort Lauderdale.

Contact rideforsaferoutes@gmail.com if you wish to ride with them or show support.

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EBP Cycling Lab Grand Opening



EBP Cycling Lab
1430 South Dixie Highway, #103
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Friday, February 3rd
6-9pm

Grand opening party! As part of the event they are holding a raffle to win a 2012 BMC SL01 roadracer.

Saturday, February 4th
7:30am

Join EBP Cycling Lab and special guest, BMC rider Jenny Fletcher on a group ride.

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Bicycle Happy Hour



Every Thursday beginning January 19th
5pm - 8pm

Wood Tavern
2531 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

"Come one come all to Miami's First Bicycle Happy Hour hosted by Wood Tavern beginning Thursday January 19th from 5-8pm.

Arrive on a bicycle and enjoy 50% off all drinks from 5-8pm. First 20 riders get a spoke card and a high-five!

Designated bicycle parking is available but please bring a lock.
Lights and helmets are highly encouraged and ALWAYS remember to drink responsibly."

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RIDE with HEART



Sunday, February 5th
7:30am

Harbor Shops
1815 Cordova Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

"February is Heart Awareness Month and on February 5, 2012, PINKIE’s Promotions and Events, LLC will host the 1st Metric Century (62 Miles) and Half Metric (31 Miles) cycling event. Cyclist will be riding along the Atlantic Coast Line on A1A from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Boynton Beach, FL.

RIDE with HEART will donate the net proceeds to support the ongoing cardiac research projects within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In addition, RIDE with HEART will increase heart health education in our community and bring awareness to the importance of getting an annual tune-up.

We are fortunate to have access to a renowned cardiovascular clinical and research program in our backyard."

REGISTER NOW

$35
$40.00 CASH or CHECK ONLY day of event

NO ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING NECESSARY

Distances offered:
64 Miles (Metric Century)
32 Miles (1/2 Metric Century)

RS#1 – MM 17 - North Beach Pavilion
314 NE 21st Ave
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

RS#2 – MM 34 - Ocean Front Park
6415 N Ocean Blvd
Ocean Ridge, FL 33435

Ride Leader: Each group will have a designated Ride Leader and will be identified with a bright green vest. The purpose of the Ride Leader is to maintain the speed and make sure that the group is following all traffic laws.

21 + mph (GREEN) start at 7:30 am
19 – 21 mph (ORANGE) start at 7:45 am
17 – 19 mph (YELLOW) start at 8:00 am
15 – 17 mph (BLUE) start at 8:15 am - ½ Metric option only

SAG Support Vehicles will be clearly identified with signage

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M-Path Extension Celebration Ride : Video

Excellent weather this morning for the M-Path Celebration Ride hosted by Green Mobility, Emerge Miami & Bike SoMi. An estimated 125 cyclists participated in the ride which began at the Brickell Metrorail Station and ended with a party at Continental Park in Kendall.

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Stolen Bike Alert



Silver Bianchi Imola stolen earlier today (1/13) around 10:30am from the University of Miami gym. It belongs to a grad student and it was her only means of transpiration. Contact Ali at (205) 292-1427 if you have any information.

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Stolen Bike Alert



Vintage light blue steel Vista fixed-gear conversion. Stolen from outside New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami earlier today (01/11/12). Metropolis cranks, drop bars with white handlebar tape and a white deep V rear wheel. Contact Paula if you have any information (786) 970-3806.

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BikeSafe PSA



The BikeSafe™ program is geared toward prevention of pediatric traumatic brain injury by way of teaching a bicycle safety curriculum in Miami-Dade county. It aims to: improve pediatric safety, increase physical activity levels of children, and improve bicycling environments around schools and parks. For more information visit: iBikeSafe.us



Also available en Español

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M-Path Extension Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail : Video

Check out this brief video tour of the almost completed M-Path Extension Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail project in Kendall. The footage is of the M-Path between 67th Avenue and the Dadeland South Metrorail Station, where the M-Path then connects to the South Dade Trail (busway). The new M-Path bicycle and pedestrian bridge will help users cross over the dangerous entrance ramp to SR 878/Snapper Creek Expressway. However, once the cyclist/pedestrian is off the bridge they'll encounter plenty of intersections along the path and must exercise extreme caution. The video is a great reminder of how poorly people drive in South Florida, in just a few minutes you can lose track of how many motorists fail to stop behind the white line as required by law. Unfortunately I couldn't get additional footage of the bridge because the construction workers were still on the job.



Overall the project shall be an asset to cyclists who are uncomfortable riding on the road along with motor vehicles. Pedestrians and those with disabilities will probably benefit most from the bridge. The crosswalks are properly marked but there is too many along the route giving it a sidewalk feel, the path's maze-like features and bicycle dismount sections are also impractical. In my opinion the best part of the M-Path extension project is the new section between Kendall Drive and the Dadeland South Metrorail Station, it is the most straightforward. I will continue to recommend experienced cyclists to use SW 80th St / SW 70th Ave (see below) to get around Dadeland Station and will personally use the bridge from time to time for a change of scenery and elevation.



If you wish to see the completed project in living color you should attend the M-Path Celebration Ride on Saturday, January 14th. Local bicycle & pedestrian advocacy groups are hosting the ride with an after party at a nearby park with cake & ice cream!. Based on what has been finished thus far, I cannot imagine the project being 100% complete by next weekend in time for the celebration. Nonetheless I encourage cyclist, pedestrians, runners, rollerskaters, etc to come out and show their support so local officials and advocates can see their efforts are appreciated.

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New Sharrows & Bike Lanes


NW 2nd Ave between W Flagler St & NW 3rd St (Downtown Miami)


NE 2nd Ave between NE 57th St & NE 69th St (Little Haiti)


71st / Normandy Dr between Biarritz Dr & Abbott Ave (North Beach)

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December Critical Mass Photos & Videos

Here's some photos & videos from the December Critical Mass ride last Friday. An estimated 700 riders in attendance.

Photos:



SlipStream Photography (61 photos)


Videos:






Next ride is on Friday, January 27th.

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Loose Cannons 4-Yr Anniversary



Thursday, January 5th 2012
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)

Loose Cannons is turning four years old! Come join us as we celebrate the longest running (monthly) unsanctioned night race in Florida. It's starting at the Deuce, same location it began on a frigid night in January 2008. Shout out to Joel (IAmYourVillain) for keeping this going 4-years strong!

Starts @
Deuce Bar
222 14th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ends @
Mamushka's
31 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL 33128

The race / ride is about 6 miles.

Winner gets tickets to Gene Ween & Dave Dreiwitz show!

1st Fixed wins $25 bar tab
1st Road bike wins $25 bar tab
1st girl wins drink tickets
1st fat tire gets a beer
Last person gets a beer

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.

RSVP on Facebook.

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Stolen Bike Alert



Black & Yellow 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires road bike stolen from owner while he laid sick on the ground at the intersection of Pinetree Drive & 24th St on Miami Beach. New Year's Eve, 2am, bike has yellow tires. Contact Brian if you have any information.

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