Bicycle Safety Summit in the News

Below are links to local news coverage from the Bicycle Safety Summit which took place this morning at Government Center. I don't have much to report on or add except that an attendee's bike was stolen from the bike rack while we were at the meeting.


Cyclists, officials discuss bike safety - WPLG Local 10

Cyclists, Politicos Convene Bike Safety Summit - CBS 4

Quick safety improvements pledged for Rickenbacker Causeway cycling - The Miami Herald

Police Presence to Increase on Rickenbacker Causeway (audio) - WLRN

Cyclists demand new law for drivers after bicyclist killed - WSVN 7

Reunión busca más seguridad para ciclistas - Univision 23


SafeStreetsMiami will be hosting a forum on Wednesday, March 7th. The meeting will start at 7pm and take place at O Cinema, 90 Northwest 29th Street in Wynwood.


Stolen Bike Alert

2011 pink Schwinn Racer single-speed stolen from the bike rack at Governemnt Center this morning during the Bike Safety Summit. The bike was upgraded with blue Velocity wheels and a pink KMC chain (not pictured). If you have any information please contact Duffy.


In similar fashion to the majority of bicycles being reported stolen in Miami, this bike was locked with just a cable lock. We cannot stress how worthless cable locks are, if you really want to keep your bike please use a 16mm U-Lock. Only use a cable lock as a bonus, i.e to protect a wheel or accessories. It's impossible to prevent theft but you can at least make it difficult for thieves.

Protect your bike(s) against theft by using at the very least a 16mm U-Lock like the one pictured below.


February Critical Mass Photos & Video

Over a 1000 cyclists participated in the Miami Critical Mass ride on Friday, February 24th. The group traversed through Little Havana, Allapattah, Wynwood, Midtown, Design District, Buena Vista, Little Haiti, Upper East Side, Edgewater, Omni, and Downtown.

Reminder to the group, please slow it down in the front and close up any gaps. During this past ride, the group was going to fast while headed south on Biscayne Blvd (see video), higher speeds result in open spaces between riders and put a heavy strain on those corking, it also encourages motorists to enter the mass. We're supposed to be a large group, not small pockets of riders.


SlipStream Photography (133 photos)

Beached Miami (23 photos)


Next ride is on Friday, March 30th.


Bicycle Safety Summit

Wednesday, February 29th

Government Center
111 NW First Street - 2nd Floor Press Room
Miami, FL 33128

A summit coordinated by Xavier L. Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 7;  to discuss bicycle safety on the Rickenbacker Causeway and other areas within District 7.  Mayor Franklin Caplan, Village of Key Biscayne; Francis Suarez; City of Miami Commissioner; Marc Sarnoff, City of Miami Commissioner; and Ralph Cabrera, City of Coral Gables Commissioner will also be in attendance.


Loose Cannons | March

Thursday, March 1st 2012
10pm (arrive by 9:45pm)

Starts @
South Pointe Park (meet on west side)
1 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33109

Ends @
The Corner
1035 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136

The race / ride is about 6 miles.

1st Fixed - $30 bar tab
1st Road - $30 bar tab
1st Girl - $30 bar tab
2nd - Large beer or shot

Lights & helmets strongly encouraged.


FDOT Meeting : SW 57 Ave Bike Lanes

Thursday, March 8th

Miami Children's Hospital
Research Atrium
3100 SW 62nd Ave
Miami, FL 33155

We're strongly urging cyclists to attend this meeting, together we can show FDOT that we expect the addition of bicycle facilities along SW 57th Ave. The Miami Bike Scene will be hosting a group ride to the public meeting (weather permitting), we're asking cyclists who wish to join us to meet at 5:30pm at the University Metrorail Station. Don't forget to bring lights as it will be dark when we return. 

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
US1/S Dixie Highway to SW 24 Street/Coral Way.

The proposed work includes the restriping of travel lanes and the addition of 2.5 feet of new pavement to accommodate paved shoulders along both sides of the road which could serve as bicycle lanes.

If you recall, in early 2011 an FDOT meeting was held regarding bicycle lanes on 57th Ave between Coral Way and SW 8th St. If bicycle facilities on both projects became a realization then there would be close to 4 miles of bike lanes between US1 & SW 8th St. An added bonus is that the bike lanes would connect to the already existing M-Path on US1/57th Ave.


Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl V : March 17th

The Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl returns for its fifth installment come Saturday, March 17th 2012. Once again we'll be visiting a few new locations so be sure to check out the schedule & map provided below. Join as as we celebrate good beer, food and cycling! Come experience for yourself why the New Times dubbed us Best Urban Bike Ride 2011 and Best Activity While Intoxicated 2010.

Saturday, March 17th 2012

We'll be starting off at 4pm at Zeke's on South beach where all beers are just $4! We'll then make a stop at The Abbey, Wood Tavern, The Corner, and finally The Filling Station. The pub crawl conveniently ends near the Government Center Metrorail Station in Downtown Miami for those who wish to take the train back home vs riding.

Suggested route available here. Total distance is 8 miles.

Remember to bring a bicycle lock. A light is also recommended since it'll be dusk by the time we leave the last bar. The pub crawl should be over by 9:00pm. Cyclists ride at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own safety!

Please remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY, obey all traffic laws and be courteous to others. This is not a Critical Mass ride and there will be no corking. We invite you to come out and have a good time, meet new cyclists, try some different beers, but most importantly to ride safely. 21+

RSVP on Facebook.


Below is a list of the bars we will be visiting (in order) :

*For those who wish to ride from downtown to Zeke's (Miami Beach) via Venetian Causeway with a group, we'll be meeting at the Adrienne Arsht Center Station Metromover Station (formerly Omni - 15th/Biscayne) at 3:30pm.

Zeke's Roadhouse
625 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
All beers $4, cash only!

The Abbey Brewing Company
1115 16th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Finally open after expansion renovations!

Wood Tavern
2531 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
All drafts beers $4! (Pilsner Urquel, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Hoegaarden, Magic Hat #9, Monk in the Trunk, Blue Point)

The Corner
1035 N. Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
Lagunitas IPA 16 oz draft $4, Saison Dupont 750ml Bottle $12, Wittekerke cans $3, Brooklyn Lager cans $3. See menu.

The Filling Station
95 Southeast 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33131
$3 - $4 beer specials and $5 food menu (burgers, wings, veggie wraps, pulled pork, and grilled chicken sandwiches).

Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl in the press:

Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl's Manatee Mascot Picks a 12-Pack Playlist
The Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl - Thrillist
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl's Gary Mendenhall Talks Shop - NBC Miami
Best Urban Bike Ride 2011 - Miami New Times
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl: Photos from a Successful Drinking and Aerobic Event
Beer Snob Pub Crawl Organizers Tell Us About Beer and Snobbery
Best Activity While Intoxicated 2010 - Miami New Times
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl III : Photos
The Heat Lightning - Second Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl of 2010
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl II : Recap & Video
Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl I : Recap & Video

Video from Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl IV


A Cyclist’s Departure

Below is an article written by Miami-Dade County - District 7 Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez regarding the tragic loss of Aaron Cohen and safety on the Rickenbacker Causeway.


A Cyclist’s Departure

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Quoted at the funeral of Aaron Cohen by his grand-father Ron Esserman

I have only been a county commissioner for about eight months, but already have a deep scar in my heart from a tragedy that seems, in retrospect, so avoidable.

Aaron Cohen has been wrenched from our lives. And the sense of loss is overwhelming, despite the wisdom imparted by rabbis and family members. Because the tragedy happened in my district and because my daughter Annie practices medicine with Jim Esserman (Aaron’s first cousin), the loss hits home in a particularly poignant way.

Was the tragedy avoidable? I don’t rightly know, but I know we didn’t try hard enough to avoid it. We know the Rickenbacker Causeway is a narrow, dangerous, treacherous, alluring, spectacularly located and majestic roadway, rising as it does from the shallows abutting the mainland to bring us all (joggers, bikers, motorists) closer to heaven and then quickly deposit us in an island that is mostly unspoiled – as befits a critical wildlife refuge of some 400 acres.

In between the moments of sorrow, my Annie and I discussed the physics of the problem that led to this tragedy or, rather, the unavoidable elements of the circumstance that make this awful accident likely to happen again in the future.

I refer to the simple variable that physicists call “momentum.” Simply put, a 4,000-pound vehicle, travelling at 45-50 mph, possesses about 100 times the momentum of a biker/bicycle whose combined weight is 150 pounds and who is struggling up the bridge at 12-15 mph. A collision between two objects, one of which has 100 times the momentum of the other, means that the smaller object will suffer, in displacement and consequent damage, 100 times more than the bigger object.

In the short term, there is only one variable we can change in the above equation – and that is the speed limit for cars. I consider that reform a no-brainer that should be instituted without delay. Of course, a reduction in the speed limit needs to be accompanied by traffic management devices (including electronic surveillance) to monitor law-breakers.

The other possible solution is separation. I think, in that context, that we all agree that a simple painted strip (as exists now) is not enough. We will have to consider either rubber cones or well-lit corrugated surfaces which alert and deter the motorist from trespassing on the bike lanes.

Beyond the physics of the problem, beyond the traffic engineering and enforcement, there is the human dimension. And that brings me back to Aaron, whose name technically means, “tower of strength,” but was further interpreted by the rabbi as referring to someone who loves life and who runs for life. Aaron Cohen loved to run more than we can imagine. He loved scuba diving and every kind of water sport; he loved ceramic arts and cycling, and – most of all – he loved his wife and two children.

As described by family and friends, he was special because he found something special to love in everyone he met, regardless of their station in life. He took time, on the way to the airport, to buy M&M’s so that he could pass them out to the flight attendants.

He was, his sister Sabrina told us, like Elijah, the unforeseen guest for whom we keep the door permanently open, with a cup of wine ready, just in case the prophet visits us.

Perhaps the most appropriate analogy was offered by another rabbi who explained that the whole world is like a narrow bridge. We must do our best to co-exist in the narrow space.

We must, as another relative said in her eulogy, think “WWAD.” What Would Aaron Do?

For myself, I will strive to reduce the chances that such a tragedy will happen again on the Rickenbacker Causeway - which just happens to be where I myself jog.

I will do it because it’s my obligation as an elected official and also because of Aaron – in his memory.

I never met him, but I already miss him as if he had been my best friend.


Stolen Bike Alert

Stock Photo

White GT Aggressor women's MTB stolen this afternoon from the bike rack outside the 24 Hour Fitness in Town & Country Mall (Kendall). It has a white bottle cage, mount for a Blackburn headlight on the handlebar, and Selle Royal 'Lookin Athletic' saddle. Please contact Krysty if you have any information.


3rd Annual Tweed Ride

Saturday, March 3rd

20500 SW 112 Avenue
(US1 busway, next to Target)
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

"Get your costumes ready, lads and lassies, so you can kick off Florida Bicycle Month in style with Miami's 3rd Annual Tweed Ride.

This year's 10-12 mile ride will be at a leisurely pace to Cauley Square Historic Village, once part of Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway. The social ride includes a narrated historical tour, raffle, prizes for the best costumes, best bike and best mustaches - real or fake. Enjoy lunch at The Village Chalet or bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. It is fun for the whole family.

So, hit your closet and get your tropical tweed costume picked out, primp your wheels, ready your gear and meet at the Park & Ride Lot, located at 20500 SW 112 Avenue, Miami, at US 1 Busway, next to Target."

RSVP on Facebook

Here's a video from the inaugural Tweed Ride in 2010


Stolen Bike Alert

This morning a vintage 1961 Hercules was stolen from the balcony of an apartment on Michigan Ave in South Beach. Please contact Paula if you have any information (786) 597-4835, this is a very distinct bicycle.


Aaron Cohen Memorial on the Rickenbacker

Photo by Ivan Santiago

Over a thousand cyclists gathered earlier today on the William Powell Bridge to pay tribute to Aaron Cohen. Due to the large crowd many attendees could not make it to the front of the group to hear his friends and family speak. The first two touching videos below capture the speeches, it's evident from watching them that Aaron "Ace" Cohen inspired many and was loved dearly by all of his friends. The third video is footage of the ride from Bayfront Park to the Rickenbacker.

Video by Tom Evental

Video by Tom Evental

Video by Adrian Diaz

News coverage of the event:

Cyclists ride in memory of Aaron Cohen - WPLG Local 10
Ciclistas indignados por tragedia en Key Biscayne - Univision 23
Memorial Ride Held Saturday For Fallen Cyclist - CBS 4
Memorial ride on Rickenbacker Causeway for fallen cyclist - Miami Herald
Cyclist’s hit-and-run death blamed on poor road safety, enforcement - Miami Herald
Ride For Safety' Planned To Honor Rickenbacker Hit-And-Run Victim Aaron Cohen - Huffington Post
Hundreds attend memorial ride for cyclist - WSVN 7


Spring Pedals | Coral Gables Museum

The Coral Gables Museum and Bike/Walk Coral Gables present a series of fun, educational bicycle tours through The City Beautiful. Celebrate spring in Coral Gables with the wind at your back and the sun on your face.

All tours begin at the Coral Gables Museum. $10 per person; $5 for Museum members. Space is limited. Please RSVP to (305) 603-8067.

The Villages - Sunday, February 19th, 11am

Did you know that City Founder George Merrick planned 14 international themed villages for Coral Gables, but only seven were built. You will be amazed at the architectural styles from around the world that exist right here in our own backyard. On this ten-mile ride, you will visit the Chinese, Italian, Dutch South African, French City, French Country, French Normandy, and Florida Pioneer Villages of Coral Gables. Enjoy 10% off lunch after the tour at the Cafe at Books & Books.

New Deal Projects - Sunday, March 18th, 11am

Riders will enjoy a tour of the Museum exhibit Bringing Beauty Into Our Lives: Art and Architecture in Coral Gables During the New Deal, 1933–1941. Then, we will embark on a seven-mile bike ride to view the New Deal projects first-hand, from the Women's Club on Galiano to beautiful Matheson Hammock Park. These federally-funded projects continue to benefit our community.

Shady Canopy Tour - Sunday, April 15th, 11am, 2pm, and 4pm

The Gables is probably best known for having the most impressive tree canopy in Miami-Dade. Join us for a ride down some of the most magnificent roads with arching branches and trunks as big as cars. Learn about rare and special trees from a knowledgeable tree expert. This five-mile ride is leisurely with frequent stops. Great for nature picture takers.

Fountains, Pools and Waterways - Sunday, May 20th, 11am

Some of the most special features of the Gables are its street fountains and waterways. Come with us as we show you the hidden water-gems. In addition you will see the network of canals that link to Biscayne Bay and experience, up close, one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the entire country – a true national treasure. Three miles with some walking – bring a bike lock.


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.


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.


2 Cyclists Struck In Hit & Run on the Rickenbacker

[Update 2/16]

In honor of Aaron, various cycling groups are planning a large ride on the Rickenbacker this Saturday morning (2/18).

Aaron Cohen was taken off life support and has passed away. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Michele Traverso, 25, the driver involved in the hit & run is in police custody. The similarities between him and Carlos Bertonatti are strikingly eerie. Both men are in their mid 20s, live at 600 Grapetree Dr in Key Biscayne, have suspended licenses, and both struck a cyclist(s) on the Rickenbacker then left the scene of an accident.


Early this morning CBS4 reported a hit & run on the Rickenbaker Causeway which left 2 cyclists seriously injured, leaving at least one of them in critical condition. The cyclists were riding eastbound on the causeway when a motorist struck them from behind and fled the scene. Police are searching for the driver of a 2009 – 2011 silver Honda Civic. The vehicle will have right side damage and missing a right side mirror.

Hoping for the best and a speedy recovery to Aaron Cohen and Enda Walsh.

[News Updates]

Hit-and-run driver who injured cyclists arrested via WSVN 7.

Driver Charged In Rickenbacker Cyclist Crash via CBS Miami.

Police are questioning a person of interest in the case via NBC Miami.

Local 10 News reported a video story and interviewed Enda Walsh which was just released from the hospital, they also spoke with Aaron Cohen's wife, unfortunately Cohen remains in critical condition.


Stolen Bike Alert

Origin-8 Uno fixed gear bike stolen on Monday, February 13th in South Miami. Bike was locked to stair railing behind Starbucks on Sunset Dr & 58th Ave. Contact Billy at (305) 215-3314 if you have any information.


Support Bike Lanes on CR-905

Support bike lanes on County Road 905 from Ocean Reef to MM 106 in Key Largo, 11 miles of bike lanes in both directions, 22 miles total. The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce along with the Ocean Reef Community Association are pushing for the bike lanes which will also benefit cyclists who take Card Sound Road in and out of the Florida Keys.

Wednesday, February 15th

Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, MM 102.5
102050 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

Discussion And Direction On Proceeding With Funding, Design And Construction Of Bike Lanes On CR 905 From MM 106 In Key Largo To Ocean Reef.
Time approximate of 10:00 A.M.
Documents: H1.PDF

Please email Ocean Reef Community Association President David Ritz with your support for the bike lanes. Mr. Ritz will be attending the meeting and can use supportive letters and emails to better argue the case for bicycle facilities.

You are also encouraged to contact Monroe County District #5 Commissioner Sylvia Murphy with your support of the bike lanes.


Jack The Bike Man | Video

Excellent and inspirational short film about Jack The Bike Man in West Palm Beach. The video is part of Road Holland's "Good People In Cycling" series. Road Holland is a cycling wear company based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.


MAM Contemporaries Art Crawl | Photos & Video

[Updated 2/15]
Excellent footage courtesy of Night Vision Video from the Wynwood Art Crawl.

An estimated 60-70 art enthusiasts participated in the MAM Contemporaries Art Crawl: Graffiti by Bike event earlier this afternoon. The crawl was very similar to previous graffiti bike tours of Wynwood by the Street.Art.Cycles group, the main difference between the two is that MAM provides these tours exclusively for their dynamic support organization, MAM Contemporaries. Also, Deco Bike, Miami Beach's bike sharing & rental program provided a small fleet of bicycles for the participants.

The ride began with a tour of Wynwood Walls and lasted approximately 2 hours, local graffiti artist Atomik was the guide and provided insight on the murals and pieces, photojournalist Martha Cooper who is most notable for documenting the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s and '80s also joined us on the crawl. Others spotted in the area were Futura, Hec One Love, and Louis Aguirre (see photo) of Deco Drive. It was great to see many folks on bicycles enjoying the ride even though it was evident that some had not ridden in years. Hopefully events like these encourage them to get on a bike more often and reap the benefits of cycling.


The Kid With A Bike

Saturday, March 3rd (5pm) and Monday, March 5th (7:30pm)

Tower Theater
508 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135

The Kid with a Bike (Le Gamin au vélo) is a 2011 drama film written and directed by the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. It will be showing during the 2012 Miami International Film Festival.


2012 Miami Tour de Cure

On Sunday, February 12, 2012 I will be doing the 100-Mile Century Ride in the inaugural American Diabetes Association's Miami Tour de Cure. I am asking you to join me in the effort to Stop Diabetes by making a contribution to support my ride. So far I have raised $485 out of my personal goal of $500. Special thanks to Adam Feigeles ( The Filling Station ), Montserrat Balseiro ( Ms. Cheezious ), Gary Medenhall, Wesley Walker, Jeremy Schnall, Craig Chester, Bike SoMi, Felix Hernandez, and Michael Mishiev for their generous contributions!

If I raise $500 I will earn this jersey!

If you wish to make a small donation please do so here, it's for a great cause.



Stolen Bike Alert

Older aluminum Cannondale, dark blue, about 54cm. Stolen on Wednesday, February 1st from 27th Ave & US1. Small dent in top tube. White handlebar tape, blue rims and tires. Prologo saddle. Stickers: Oregon kickball, t-rex reflector on front, "Portland- not for douchebags" on rear fender, a few other Oregon or dinosaur stickers. Had a rear rack and milk crate when last seen. If you have any information contact Megan (626) 533-5335

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