2016 Cranksgiving Bicycle Food Drive & Alleycat Race

It's back! Cranksgiving Miami returns for its eighth installment come Saturday, November 19th 2016. Registration 2pm. Please RSVP on Facebook and share event with friends.

For the past seven years the Cranksgiving Miami food drive alleycat race and ride has helped collect non-perishable goods for those in need during the holiday season. To those unfamiliar with Cranksgiving, it's basically a food scavenger hunt on bicycles with all the goods collected being donated to Camillus House at the end of the race.


Participants will be asked to register at a table and will then receive a map/manifest before the start of the race. The map and/or manifest will have designated grocery store locations marked and a shopping list. Riders are to go to the grocery store checkpoints and buy the non-perishable food items from the checklist. There is no registration fee, the $10 and you need to bring go towards the purchase food items. The first participant to get to the finish after visiting all the checkpoints and purchasing all the items from the list wins!  Cranksgiving is lots of fun and for a great cause, it also helps shine a positive light on the local cycling community. Expect to spend about $2 at each grocery store ($10 total), it is required to keep all your receipts.

The race/ride is approximately 10 - 17 miles depending on whether you do the long or short route, speed will be an obvious factor. However, knowing your way around the city and the aisles of a supermarket can be advantageous.

 *Racing is not required, you can simply participate by riding with a group and visiting the checkpoints at your own pace. We want to make sure everyone is included, all bikes are welcomed. Please keep in mind that the cause is what's most important.

We're encouraging riders to participate in the ride as part of a team, group, and/or organization. So round up your co-workers, crew, etc and do it collectively. Ideally all teams would be wearing their respective group t-shirts or cycling jerseys. Represent your group by participating in this positive cycling event, it's more fun with friends!

Once again, it's totally okay to simply ride for the cause, racing is not a requirement. Most of the riders are just doing it for fun. We will also have prizes for the most charitable participants. If speed is not your thing you can ride the event as a scavenger hunt instead of a race. Last year over 100 local cyclists participated making it the largest alleycat in South Florida once again, everyone had a great time and the Camillus House was very appreciative about Cranksgiving. This year we're hoping to appeal to more riders, thus collecting more items for those in need!

We have a lot of cool prizes and giveaways courtesy of our sponsors:

Ass Savers
Bike Nerds
Clif Bar & Company
Mack Cycle & Fitness
Magic City Bicycle Collective
The Miami Bike Scene
The Miami Bike Shop
New Belgium
Sidebar Miami
Vita Coco

See you there!


Miami Critical Mass : Friday, October 28th

Friday, October 28th
6:30pm (ride starts at 7:15pm)

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami

Annual Halloween costume ride!

The ride will be going through Riverside, Little Havana, West Flagler,  Coral Gables, Miracle Mile, Coral Way, Shenandoah, Calle Ocho, East Little Havana, and Downtown. Total distance is approximately 11 miles. This is a short ride and good for beginners, if you've been meaning to participate in the ride and never have in the past, then this route is suggested. Make sure you come prepared and read The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Bicycling.

Safety tips for cyclists wearing costumes: 
If your costume requires a mask or other face covering, you must be able to see clearly and breathe easily at all times. Make sure your costume will not get caught in the wheels, gears, or pedals. Be certain your costume is not a hazard to others. Safety first!

All eyes appear to be on Miami Critical Mass and it’s time for participants to prove the opposition wrong. Everyone riding is solely responsible for their actions and should lead by example. If you see someone riding or behaving irresponsibly, then let them know it’s not acceptable. If you’re partaking in the ride, then it’s your duty to positively influence others. Ride safely and be courteous to everyone in the community, if you can’t do this then quite simply you are not welcomed. There’s no room for hostile, drunk, moronic individuals. There are a lot of great people on these rides, enjoying their city by bicycle for 1-2 hours on the last Friday of every month, and it’s rather unfortunate that a few bad apples can ruin this special occurrence for everyone else. To frustrated motorists, borrow a bicycle and try joining the ride sometime with some friends. You never know, you just may experience one of the most fun, free, and healthy social gatherings South Florida has to offer.

Bicycle Rules & Safety Tips

  • Stay in the right lane, and do not ride across middle line on the road into opposite travel lane
  • Yield to emergency vehicles.
  • No Headphones! While riding a bicycle it is illegal to wear a headset, headphone or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.
  • Safety Lights: Front & rear lights are required by law in the State of Florida. 
  • Kids under 16 years of age must wear helmets.
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk.
  • Passing: A passing cyclist is responsible for the safety of the cyclist that is being passed. When passing ring a bell and/or say "on your left".
  • Yield to pedestrians and buses.
  • No drinking of alcohol or illegal activity during ride.
  • Do not filter forward past stopped cars at a red light.
  • Skateboarders, inline skaters and recumbent bikes are welcomed, exercise caution.
  • Do not litter or vandalize any property.
  • Stopping: If you must stop to check your bike, phone, gear etc please move over to the sidewalk when it's clear. Do not stop abruptly in the middle of the street with the mass behind you. You will more than likely cause a cyclist to hit you and/or swerve and hit someone else.
  • Always perform an "ABC Quick" Bike Check to ensure that your bike is in safe working order.

W. Flagler Street is under reconstruction. Only 2 lanes are open, please obey all road closed signage. Do not weave in & out of barricade drums. Do not ride on closed lanes!

Cue Notes(map)
Start at Government Center 7:15pm
Proceed west to W Flagler St *Road Construction*
LEFT - Beacom Blvd
RIGHT - SW 8th St
LEFT - Ponce De Leon Blvd
LEFT - Alhambra Plaza
RIGHT - SW 37th Ave
LEFT - Coral Way
LEFT - SW 22nd Ave
RIGHT - Calle Ocho
LEFT - SW 12th Ave
RIGHT - SW 1st St
LEFT - SW 2nd Ave
End at Government Center


The Underline Cycling Club: Ludlam Trail Connection

Sunday, November 6th
9:30am- 1:00pm

Coconut Grove Metrorail Station
2780 SW 27th Ave
Miami, FL 33133

"On November 6th, we'll explore the future Underline and Ludlam Trail connection at Dadeland North Metrorail station. When connected, The Underline's 10 miles and the Ludlam Trail's 6 miles will create 16 miles of the 22-mile #Miami Loop, a bicycle and pedestrian network of off-road trails in the urban core. Meet up at 9:30 AM at Coconut Grove Metrorail Station to depart at 10AM. We'll travel south and stop at Dadeland North for an Eggstatic food truck break and Green Monkey yoga demonstration, yoga mats supplied. Then, cyclists can ride on to the police escorted Ludlam Trail loop (fat tires preferred) roundtrip to Dadeland North Meterorail Station or return roundtrip to Coconut Grove Metrorail Station with The Underline Cycling Club."

Please join us for our free, family-friendly bike rides along the M-Path the first Sunday of every month. Rides are open to all bicyclists age 12 and over. Let’s show that biking is a fun, safe, and a healthy way for you and your family to discover our city ... Helmets, waivers, and fun required!

You can make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount but $10 person is recommended and very much appreciated."

Friends of The Underline, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, will transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail, from the Miami River (near downtown) to Dadeland South Station, into a 10-mile, world-class, linear park and living art destination directly connected to transit.


Dade Heritage Trust - Miami Bike Tours

Dade Heritage Trust
Miami, FL 33131

Join Dade Heritage Trust, with partners Green Mobility Network and Brickell Bikes at 10am, the second Sunday each month for their themed bike tours, starting at Dade Heritage Trust HQ.  Tours are $10 or $5 for members of DHT and GMN.  Tours are family-friendly, leisurely, guided rides.  

Bike rentals are available in advance at Brickell Bikes, 70 SW 12 Street (305) 373-3633 or day of at Dade Heritage Trust!  Kids must be experienced cyclists to participate.  Learn about Miami's history, architecture, parks and special places!  These tours are a great way to explore Miami!

Sunday, November 13 PEDAL AND PARK IT!
The tour takes us to City of Miami's Simpson and Alice Wainwright Parks where we will meet up with the Parks' Naturalist to explore urban Miami's only tropical hardwood hammock (forest). Yes, right in the middle of Brickell! A must for nature lovers and tree huggers!

Sunday, December 11 HOLIDAY ROADS
Join us as we explore Miami's best holiday decoration venues. We start you off in style at a fun and festive Dade Heritage Trust headquarters. From there, we go to Bayfront Park, downtown Miami and beyond. HO HO HO away we go!

Did you know that many downtown Miami buildings are part of a National Historic District? We'll take to several that will amaze you - they are that cool. And then, we end up at HistoryMiami Museum for a guided tour.

Feelin' adventurous? Join us on this tour! We'll ride to the Brickell Metrorail Station, put our bikes on the train and depart at the Allapattah Station for a ride around one of Miami's oldest and most intriguing neighborhoods - Allapattah (the name is from the Seminole word for alligator)!

Sunday, March 12 GABLES BIKE DAY
Dade Heritage Trust invites you to Gables Bike Day at Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way. Visit our booth for kids' activities, prizes and give-a-ways! We're going to raffle off a bike courtesy of our friends at Brickell Bikes!

We bike the beautiful and scenic Miami River Greenway to Lummus Park, the City of Miami's oldest public park, where we will tour the two most historic buildings in Miami and have a riverside brunch in the Park.

For more information, call 305-358-9572 or email Chris@dadeheritagetrust.org.

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