It's Miami Art Week and Art Basel (Dec 2-6) is upon us so expect heavy traffic in Miami Beach, Wynwood, Midtown, Little River, and the Design District for the next few days. Parking will also be a nightmare so it should come as no surprise that bicycling will be the quickest & most convenient way to get around our Magic City.
We encourage you not to drive, avoid gridlock and parking woes by riding your bicycle, but please do so safely.. #bikebasel
We've included a few basic tips below for those planning on riding to Art Basel events and/or any of the satellite fairs, and parties.
- Don't have a bicycle? Try CitiBike.
- If you're riding at night, you should absolutely have a red rear light and a front headlight. They help motorists and pedestrians alike see you on the road, and are required by law.
- Be wary of drunk drivers, jay walkers, and tourists in search of parties. Don't forget we live in Florida where more than likely the driver of the vehicle will flee the scene if they strike a cyclist and/or pedestrian.
- Most motorists do not use turn signals, so pass with caution.
- Don't forget to lock up your bike properly! There's no point in saving time by going on bike if you're going to be walking home sobbing sans steed. Use a high quality 11-18mm u-lock, do not use cable locks!
- Avoid the railroad tracks on N. Miami Avenue and 19th Street. Cyclists are still being seriously injured at this railroad crossing on a regular basis. Check out Project Ouch! for more details.
- Do not ride in the "door zone" and be alert of pedestrians jumping out of parked vehicles.
- The Venetian Causeway is closed for construction, and the only alternatives to ride between mainland Miami and South Beach are the MacArthur (I-395) and Julia Tuttle (I-195). Ride on the bike lane/shoulder and use extreme caution when riding on these causeways. Motorists exceed speeds of 45mph.
- Obey all bicycle laws.
Bicycle related events during Art Basel:
For those who choose not to ride a bike, here are a few transit alternatives:
- Free Miami-Dade Art Express bus w/ Wi-Fi between Miami Beach and Wynwood
- Free shuttle service between Miami Beach, Wynwood, and Midtown.
- Free trolley service
- Rideshare from your mobile phone via Uber / Lyft
- Board a luxury yacht via UberBOAT