Miami Art Week: Tips & Advice #bikebasel

It's Miami Art Week (Nov 29 - Dec 4) and Art Basel, so expect heavy traffic in Miami Beach, Wynwood, Midtown, 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 Miami Art Week/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 out-of-towners searching for events. 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. 
  • When riding, pass vehicles with caution! Most motorists in Miami do not use turn signals.
  • 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 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. If you do ride your bicycle here, please make sure to use the "bike lane" and follow it to cross the tracks at a 90° angle. You can also take NW 1st Ave through Overtown as an alternative. 
  • Do not ride in the "door zone" and be alert of pedestrians jumping out of parked vehicles and/or opening doors when exiting their ride-hail.
  • The Venetian Causeway is temporarily open until December 11, use it!
  • Obey all bicycle laws.

Bicycle related events during Miami Art Week:

Use #bikebasel hashtag on any bicycle/Miami Art Week related photos posted on IG

For those who choose not to ride a bike, here are a few transit alternatives:


Lucas Brunelle: Film Screening at Gramps

Thursday, December 1st

176 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127

Urban cycling legend & videographer Lucas Brunelle is in the Magic City for Art Basel and will be joining us at Gramps in Wynwood for a FREE outdoor screening of his film "Lucas Brunelle Goes to El Salvador", plus two short films.

Buy a slice from Pizza Tropical and enjoy $3 New Belgium Brewery beer specials during the screening. 21+ 

Presentation starts at 8:30pm followed by a Q&A with Mr. Brunelle after the screening.


“Lucas Brunelle Goes to El Salvador” Synopsis (15 mins.):
Lucas and Bionerd23 travel to San Salvador because it’s a frontier city where Lucas is determined to increase the popularity of cycling. He finds a very small but very tenacious group of riders with the same mission and also realizes the positive influence on MS13 youth.

“Tokyo ” Synopsis (2 mins.)
Lucas Brunelle follows bicycle messengers through Tokyo and takes a risk at the end.

A third (4 mins) short film will also be screened, it's a surprise.


Miami Critical Mass : Friday, November 25th

Friday, November 25th
6:30pm (ride starts at 7:15pm)

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami

The ride will be going through East Little Havana, Grapeland Heights, Allapattah, Brownsville, Liberty City, Wynwood, Overtown, and Downtown Miami. Total distance is approximately 16 miles.  Make sure you come prepared and read The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Bicycling.

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!

Don't have a bicycle? 
Rent a bike at the start of the ride from Miami Bikes or CitiBike (membership required).

Cue Notes(map)
Start at Government Center 7:15pm
Proceed west to W Flagler St *Road Construction*
RIGHT - NW 22nd Ave
LEFT - NW 54th St
RIGHT - NW 27th Ave
RIGHT - NW 75th St
LEFT - NW 24th Ave
RIGHT - NW 79th St
RIGHT - NW 12th Ave
LEFT - NW 29th St
RIGHT - NW 6th Ave
LEFT - NW 21st Ter
RIGHT - NW 5th Pl
LEFT - NW 20th St
RIGHT - NW 1st Ave
LEFT - NW 14th St
RIGHT - N Miami Ave
RIGHT - NW 3rd St
LEFT - NW 1st Ave
End at Government Center


Rapha Pop-Up Miami

Rapha is coming to Miami this winter with a pop-up in the Coconut Grove neighborhood. Opening November 14, the Rapha Pop-Up will have all the latest Rapha cycling collections, events, coffee and weekly rides. Be sure to RSVP for the Grand Opening Party on Saturday, November 19 at

Rapha Miami Pop-Up
3015 Grand Ave
Unit 121
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Opening Day - Monday, November 14
Stop in on our grand opening day for free Intelligentsia Coffee, shop the latest collections and join us for a group ride.

Grand Opening Party - Saturday, November 19
Join us for the opening of the Rapha Miami Pop-up on November 19 at 6pm. We will celebrate with music, drinks and light appetizers to kick off our stay in Miami.

Group Rides
We will be hosting regular Rides, all meeting at the Clubhouse for a pre-ride coffee and snack. ​Rides are free but please RSVP to reserve your spot.

Ride requirements:

  • Helmet 
  • Foot retention 
  • Road bike 
  • No TT or aero bars allowed 
  • Mandatory signed wavier

Monday Recovery Ride 
Join us on our Monday Recovery Ride from the Rapha Miami Pop-up to Key Biscayne. Ride meets at 6:30am and ride rolls out at 6:45am for a social 90 minute ride..

Evening City Ride 
Every Wednesday we will host a city ride from the Rapha Miami Pop-up in Coconut Grove around to South Beach and Wynwood neighborhoods. Commuter bikes or road bikes welcome.

Friday Women's Ride 
Every Friday we'll kick off the weekend right with a quick 30 miles around Key Biscayne before work. Ride meets at 6:30am and departs at 6:45am from the Miami Pop Up.

Saturday's - Southern Ride
Save Saturday mornings for long rides with new friends. Join us for a longer ride, around 50-60 miles, heading south bound. We'll stop for a small bite to eat at the mid-way point and turn back. Tailwinds preferred. Ride meets at 7:30am and departs at 8am. A truncated ride distance is available for those with early afternoon commitments.


Venetian Causeway Closing

UPDATE 12/28/16 : The Venetian Causeway permanently re-opens to all motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.

"On Monday, December 12, 2016, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) will be temporarily closing the East Bascule Bridge on the Venetian Causeway in order to complete repairs on the bridge.

The bridge is expected to remain closed to vehicular, cycling and pedestrian traffic until approximately December 29, 2016, or sooner, if there are no unforeseen circumstances. DTPW will do its best to complete the work during that time, or in less.

DTPW has been working closely with the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, as well as other agencies, to ensure that the contingency plans set in place by Police and Fire Rescue are well executed in order to immediately respond to any emergencies on the Venetian Islands.

The Department also will be doing work on the eastern most bridge on the Causeway, but only partial street closures are expected to be set in place when doing this work.

Anyone interested in additional information can contact Karla Damian, DTPW Public Information Officer, at , or at 786-469-5420.

For issues related to coordination with the City of Miami Beach, they can contact Claudia Rodriguez, Community Outreach Coordinator for the City of Miami Beach, at ."

This is a big safety concern for cyclists, runners, skaters, pedestrians, and scooter/moped drivers alike who use the Venetian Causeway as an alternative to the other thoroughfares. The Venetian Causeway is the most popular route among non-motorists due to the slower speed limit (30mph), adequate bike lanes, less motor vehicles, and smaller bridges.

The MacArthur Causeway (though not a great option) is still a better alternative to the Julia Tuttle (I-195). The speed limit is 40-50mph and there are several intersections along the way which slow motorists down slightly. However, we still suggest riding on the sidewalk on both bridges (unless riding in a group), there is no shoulder on the easternmost bridge so you're basically riding on freeway. Not for the faint of heart.


Gables Bike Tour: Cuban Architecture

Sunday, November 20th

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

"Start with a tour of the new exhibit “Cuban Architects At Home and In Exile”, then ride to explore the Cuban-side of Coral Gables. With approximately 23,000 Cuban-American residents, Coral Gables is abound with Cuban influence. Explore Cuban monuments, businesses, architecture and art!

Presented by Coral Gables Museum and Bike Walk Coral Gables. Bike rentals and helmets (required for children under 16) are available at No Boundaries, conveniently located across the street from the Museum. Approximately 2 hrs.

$10; $5 for Museum members and children under 12."


Emerge: Plant Food Crawl

Saturday, November 12

Adrienne Arsht Metromover Station
1455 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

"Emerge Miami and plant foods advocate Mela T. are taking you on a bike tour of local vegan and plant-friendly eateries! We'll ride to Love Life Cafe and Smart Bites, where we'll tour and taste. Each stop will have tasty plant-based bites, and some will have special offers for the event."

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