Bike Miami is a forthcoming event modeled after Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia. I first heard of Bike Miami at last month's Green Mobility Network meeting in Simpson Park, it's just one part of Mayor Manny Diaz & his cohorts 'greener Miami' initiative. Keep in mind this event is not just for cyclists. Pedestrians, rollerbladers, runners & just about anyone not operating a motor vehicle is welcomed to explore Mary Brickell Village & parts of Downtown Miami in an automobile-free environment.

"Bike Miami will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 9th 2008 in downtown Miami. Flagler Street will be closed from Bayfront Park to the Miami-Dade County Courthouse. South Miami Avenue will be closed from Flagler to Mary Brickell Village at Southwest 10th Street on the other side of the Miami River.

It's free and no registration is necessary. Just show up. City officials recommend taking public transit. Bikes are allowed on Metrorail with a free permit available from any security officer at all stations. No permits are needed for Metro buses or Metromover.

The city is seeking volunteers to work on Bike Miami. For information on volunteering, the event itself and the city of Miami's cycling plans, visit"