This Saturday, March 28th, from 4-6pm at the Peacock Park Glass House there will be a special event called Bike the Grove. Bike the Grove is a partnership between Team 6, Leadership Miami and the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce. The centerpiece of the event will be the unveiling of a special Lebo designed bicycle rack. Installing artistic bicycle racks is a popular way to raise awareness and dress up any streetscape with both beauty and function-when designed well. I have yet to see any design, so can not comment at this moment for the overall beauty and/or utility of the proposed bicycle rack, which the Herald reports will be one of three signature art racks installed in the Grove. Two more will be unveiled on Sunday, April 26th when Bike Miami Days migrates to Coconut Grove. Marc Sarnoff will be speaking at Saturday’s event, as will our fearless bicycle coordinator, Collin Worth. Kudos to the sponsors of this event and the bicycle racks, as they will both bring more awareness to the issue and continue to raise the profile of bicycling in the City of Miami.
Follow this link for the WPLG Channel 10 News story on how Bike Miami Days is reducing crime in downtown Miami. This story proves the ‘virtuous cycle’ of this truly important event. Follow this link to read my latest Planetizen piece entitled Viva La Ciclovia!
We hope to see you out riding, walking, skating or lazying about tomorrow. And don’t forget the Transit Miami After Party at Tobacco Road! All are invited.
As a reminder, a very special Bike Month edition of Bike Miami Days takes place this Saturday, March 14th. As the fifth Bike Miami Days, Miami now has the distinction of being the first American city to run a monthly ciclovia event, which also means that no other city has as much experience as our city does. Indeed, cities like Washington DC have been calling Mayor Diaz’s offiice looking for advice on how to run their own. Please keep showing your support for this fantastic community event, and come support your downtown and the livable cities movement by showing up this Saturday.
Check out the official website for a list of all the concurrent events and the latest news.
The Transit Miami Bike Miami Days After Party will also return this month at Tobacco Road. I will try to secure a beer special or two tomorrow.
All are welcome.
This Saturday, Bike Miami Days is joining forces with the 8th annual antique car Flagler Fest and the 2009 Purina Walk for The Animals. With ever more programs, events, music, and things to do, and now in conjunction with these two concurrent events and many partnering businesses, organizations and municipalities, this is likely to be the most successful Bike Miami Days to date. The City of Miami Police Department, Mayor Diaz and staff, the Downtown Development Authority, and all others should be commended for working cooperatively to bring a better urbanism to downtown Miami -and one centered on creating more livable streets.
Also note that this event is the 4th BMD, which gives Miami the distinction of running the most ciclovias to date in the United States. The Magic City may not be as urbane as New York, or as progressive as Portland, but these monthly events are doing much to raise awareness for livable streets in a city that has so few.
Spread the word and come out to celebrate your city!
“What a difference a year makes” - that according to our own Mike Lydon commenting in the Herald today about the strides the City of Miami has taken since his last commentary on the subject at the end of ’07.
Throughout last summer, the Bicycle Action Committee crafted an ambitious plan. It calls for the expansion of Miami’s bicycle infrastructure in the form of lanes, parking and signage, as well as improvements in safety education for motorists and bicyclists; cooperation among city and county departments; and methods for measuring progress.
Although the city has a long way to go in becoming a top-notch bicycling city, the amount of change that has occurred is impressive and must be commended. I am hopeful that Miami will shed Bicycling Magazine’s ranking in 2008 as one of the three worst cities in which to bicycle and become one of its more-positive “Cities to Watch.”
Bravo to Mike and everyone involved for exemplifiying the type of dialogue we should expect between City Hall and the public.
One couldn’t ask for a better day to enjoy downtown Miami and its growing livable streets community. While hundreds joined for the morning rally at Lummus Landing, thousands took to the streets all day long to enjoy more events, more shops, live music, and an extended route. While the turnout was comparable to the first Bike MiamiDays, this months event was markedly different for how long people stayed out. The past two events saw peak attendance between 11:00 am and 1:00pm, while yesterday people were still out in full force as we started the Transit Miami After Party at Garcia’s. I also noticed more skateboarders, walker, joggers and even dancers (see below).
The Miami New Times posted photos, and Downtown Miami has a photo galllery here, mostly from the Lummus Landing site. Miami Bike Scene produced another great video, and a few choice photos of mine are below.
It’s great to see downtown Miami so alive on a Sunday. Next month, Bike Miami Days is teaming with FlaglerFest for one super event. Spread the word.
That’s Commissioner Sanchez in yellow, rockin’ his new townie.
Students for New Urbanism Conference II at UM.You can register at the door…
The weather is crisp and beautiful. Get out and explore the city this weekend!
Come celebrate Miami community, urbanism, and alternative transporation this Sunday from 9-3pm. The new and improved route will get you from Mary Brickell Village to Flagler Street, and all the way out to the new Miami River Greenway/ Lummus Park. All the details can be found, as always, at the Bike Miami webpage. Please spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues.
The Transit Miami after party will start at 2:30 at Garcia’s on the Miami River, which happens to be one of my favorite Miami restaurants. In addition, Garcia’s will provide free bicycle parking to all Bike Miami Days/Transit Miami after party go’ers. Drink specials have yet to be determined.
You may download a printable .pdf of the flyer here:
And the Map here:
Whether it was the Dolphins, Christmas shopping to-do-lists, or the complete lack of coverage in the Miami Herald, Bike Miami did not see as many participants as it did last month. Nonetheless, hundreds of people came out and had a good time. An Announcement should be coming forth regarding the 2009 Bike Miami schedule. This will help us all plan a little better. In the meantime, check out some photos from yesterday’s car-free fun, and Rydel’s video over at Miami Bike Scene.
Finally, thanks to Tobacco Road and all who came out for the Transit Miami after party. ‘Til next time…
Let this be your friendly reminder that Bike Miami is returning this Sunday, from 9-3pm in downtown Miami. Now operating as a monthly event, we have Bike Miami Days, as in there will be plenty more car-free streets to enjoy in Miami’s future.
This month’s event seeks to build on the critical success of the inaugural Bike Miami by offering even more attractions. For a full run down of what is happening this weekend, please visit the City’s Bike Miami website for general information, or their blog for specifics. Please spread the word to family and friends, especially if they missed the last one.
Here’s to livable streets!
The Bike Miami blog, your source for all things Bike Miami, has now moved over to wordpress. As a result, the site is much cleaner and better organized. Check it out here: www.bike-miami.com
Please visit the page often to get all the details for the next Bike Miami, taking place on Sunday, December 14th. It promises to be a bigger and better event this time, so keep telling your friends and family to mark the date on their calendars.
By all accounts Bike Miami was a total success! Some estimates claim nearly 2,000 bicyclists, joggers, walkers, dogs, dancers and skaters in attendance. I have a feeling it may have been a little more, but regardless, downtown was full of smiling people enjoying their city in a new way.
The two hot spots were undoubtedly Mary Brickell Village and Bayfront park, the two bookends of the route where people flocked in droves. In fact, South Miami Avenue was much more like an urban plaza than a street. Did you notice how the cafe seating and active retail edges allowed people to watch the active participants promenade through what became more a stage than a street? It was a beautiful event and instructive. Indeed, I have never seen such an exercise of urbanism within downtown Miami. The event clearly demonstrates the wonderful potential of downtown Miami and I think the event’s organizers and participants now understand what livable streets can mean for the health of downtown Miami.
At 11am Miami Mayor Manny Diaz gave a short speech about making Miami a more bicycle friendly city. His commitment to such a goal has been more than evident in the past 9 months and we should all thank him, his staff (especially Kathryn Moore!) the Bicycle Action Committee and all the other city departments who made Bike Miami so successful. As Mayor Diaz also pointed out, yesterday’s event would not have been possible without the volunteer effort of the city’s police force who were wonderful, if not a bit surprised at the masses of people using the city’s streets in such an innovative way. Thanks to all!
Please know that all those involved in organizing the event are now aiming to make Bike Miami occur on a regular basis, perhaps even monthly as the mayor mentioned to me yesterday. However, before doing so, we would like to hear from you. What did you like? Did you have any problems? Do you have any suggestions for a route change or possible extension? Share your feedback by visiting the Bike Miami homepage and filling out a quick survey.
We will do our best to make Bike Miami even better for you in the future. All we ask in return is that you contact your local representatives, the Mayor’s office and/or your local news outlets etc (Especially the Miami Herald who ignored the event in today’s coverage!). to share your support and positive feedback. This is a grassroots event. Be the roots.
Now for a few photos.
Mayor Manny Diaz speaks to hundreds of participants at the Bike Miami rally.
Mr. Clucky, an erstwhile bicycle activist looks on.
Families were some of the most active participants at Bike Miami.
Flagler Street was teaming with activity all day long.
South Miami Avenue at Mary Brickell Village.
Go Green Miami.
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