Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Avenue
It’s been a little over a year now since a Bike Miami Days event has taken place in downtown. If you enjoy these free community events come out and show your support on Sunday, Nov 14th. Start by inviting your friends and family, help spread the word because if you don’t there’s no telling when the next Bike Miami Days will be.
We may soon have a ciclovía event in the Fort Lauderdale area, closing down some streets on a Sunday to fill them with people bicycling and walking. Even if you didn’t make it to the initial planning session last month, it’s not too late to get involved in making an event like this happen. The discussion continues tonight at the Broward County Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting, which starts at 6:30 PM in the Broward County Government Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The BPAC meetings are always open to the public and happen the second Wednesday of every month, same time, same place.
A big thanks goes out to Katherine Moore for a great presentation at the September BPAC that got everyone enthused and ready to go! With your help, perhaps we can come close to what she accomplished by starting Bike Miami Days.
Downtown Miami will be hosting the next Bike Miami Day on Sunday, October 10, 2010. Preparations are underway to bring back this great event where residents get to re-discover Downtown, Miami in a new and refreshing way by being able to walk, bike and enjoy the city streets.
Streets will be closed from 9am-2pm at the intersection of Biscayne Blvd. and Flagler Street west to SW 1st Ave and from Flagler Street south on SE 1st Ave onto South Miami Avenue to SE 10th Street allowing vehicular traffic to cross only at main intersections. The route is appropriate for people of all ages and skill levels and they be able to choose any part of the route to ride, walk and explore. The Miami Police will be present to keep all participants safe ensuring that traffic is routed appropriately. There will be a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy throughout the day in addition to local restaurants and shops that will be open to public.
Please make a contribution and help bring back Bike Miami Days! The Open Streets Project is accepting contributions through Paypal. There are various sponsorship opportunities ranging from title sponsor @ $10,000 to a Bike Miami Friend @ $250.
Want to be part of this great event? The Open Streets Project is still seeking partners, sponsors and volunteers. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
An estimated 1500 cyclists attended Bike Miami Days in Coconut Grove this past Sunday. Congratulations to the City of Miami and the Dutch Consulate for putting together another fantastic event. A special thanks to Collin Worth, Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Miami, for making it happen.
We should also thank M.O.S.T (Miami Open Streets Team), Bike Miami Scene, Green Mobility Network, South Florida Bicycle Coalition (SFBC), Emerge Miami and the Coconut Grove Grapevine for promoting Bike Miami Days. This is truly a grassroots event that is picking up steam.
Great work everyone! The word on the livable street is that we will see more Bike Miami Days events in the future. Rumor has it a lot of promises were made. We really like people that keep their word.
This month’s issue of Bicycling Magazine puts Miami as 44th best city in the US for bicycling. Only two years ago we were named one of the worst cities for bicycling. Our city has certainly come a long way, but we need the ongoing leadership of the Mayor of Miami and the City Commission to continue this trajectory. Without City Hall’s support I remain skeptical that Miami will continue to advance in Bicycle Magazine rankings, to say nothing of the effect on our vibrant bicycle culture.
Former Mayor Manny Diaz had a vision for cycling and pursued it, and while current Mayor Regalado has been big on the talk of promoting cycling, he has yet to deliver. I was excited by the Mayor’s pronouncement yesterday about the partnership with the Dutch Consulate for Bike Miami Days. One of the reasons Miami quickly jumped to #44 and is considered “up and coming” is because of Bike Miami Days. However, despite having issued a proclamation supporting cycling, not a single Bike Miami Days event has been held since Mayor Regaldo took office.
I sincerely hope that Mayor Regaldo and the City Commission step up in a big way to make the next Bike Miami Days event bigger and better than any of the other previous BMD events. The Mayor in particular should view this as a great opportunity to take bring the community together and show his support for bicycling in Miami. Observers have noted that the Mayor has dedicated minimal resources to planning or organizing the event, despite the pleas of many former BMD Volunteers and local bike advocates - going so far as to delegate the event to a hired PR consultant.
This administration’s commitment to cycling needs to go beyond proclaiming support and treating this as a public relations issue. I remain unconvinced.
-The event will feature Second Annual Orange Bike Parade-
(Miami, FL April 6, 2010)—City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, the Consul General of the Netherlands Lucita Moenir Alam, and the Dutch community will kick off the first Bike Miami Days of 2010, Sunday, April 25th 2010, from 10:00am – 2:00pm, at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, FL., 33131.
“This is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy,” said Mayor Regalado. “Cycling is a fun and green way to see all the beautiful things our city has to offer.”
The event will mark the Second Annual Orange Bike Parade, hosted by Consul Alam to commemorate the Dutch’s preferred mode of transportation for centuries and also support the City’s effort to make Miami a more bike-friendly city.
Cyclists will have the opportunity to ride freely along a designated route in Coconut Grove. Other activities will include giveaways, skateboard demos, and bike clinics.
For more information about the Orange Bike Parade, visit the Facebook page for SoBe Dutch – CG Miami.
Who: City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Consul General of the Netherlands Lucita Moenir Alam
What: Bike Miami Days 2010 Kick-Off-Second Annual Orange Bike Parade
When: Sunday, April 25th, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, FL., 33131
From Transit Miami reader Alex Adams we get this urgent call for sponsors for the next Bike Miami Days :
We need your support to make Bike Miami Days a reality in 2010. Bike Miami Days is a family friendly open streets event that promotes bicycling over auto dependent vehicles for one day. The City of Miami will be closing a number of streets to automobile traffic to provide a safe, clean atmosphere to explore our urban centers in a new way. This year’s events in Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami will not be able to happen without support from local businesses.
Please look over the sponsorship package beginning at $1,000 tax deductable. I encourage you to visit our homepage at www.miamigov.com/bikes to learn more about bicycle initiatives within the City of Miami. If you know of anyone else who also believes in pedestrian oriented neighborhoods and safe family events please forward this email as necessary and I hope everyone will attend one of our upcoming Bike Miami Days in 2010.
Please contact our Bicycle Coordinator if you can help.Collin Worth Bicycle Coordinator City of Miami (o) 305.416.1022 (f) 305.416.2153 email@example.com
I call upon the residents of the City of Miami to join me in the observance of this important occasion that promotes an elevated quality of life; further, I urge the embrace of partnerships and programs that encourage bicycling as a physical activity.
Mayor Tomás Regalado, City of Miami
Commissioner Carollo wants you to know that he supports Bike Miami Days. At today’s meeting of the City Commission, Mayor Regalado presented a statement to commissioners on the scheduled April 25 event. Before he could move on to his next point, Commissioner Carollo asked to put on the record,
I was at the first Bike Miami Days and I will be there on April 25… Every once in a while, it’s good to leave your car at home and go for a bike ride.
The Mayor and Commissioner went on to comment that they both have sons who like to bicycle and that the new City Manager, Carlos A. Migoya, is a cyclist, as well. At this point, we can only hope that this means that Carollo will support bicyclists on the road, as well as on the record. As reported here earlier this week, the Commissioner has put all bicycle projects in his district on hold. This concerns residents and local business owners for a number of reasons. The SW 32nd Road project, which had already started, would connect the Vizcaya Metrorail Station/M-Path to Coral Way and its bike lanes. The project represents a significant connector route for cyclists and transit users, and promotes local businesses by connecting shops and restaurants with the highly residential neighborhoods of Coconut Grove, the Roads and anyone who lives along the M-Path.
Last but not least, it is one of the first benchmark projects of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan. With this bicycle route up for reconsideration, what will that mean for the other projects cyclists are waiting for in District 3, such as SW 3rd Ave or Flagler to 5th? We encourage you to direct these questions yourself to the Commissioner and his Chief of Staff, Jude Faerron, and let us know if you get a response. If there is ever proof that they are listening to you, this is it.
You can watch the video from the Commission meeting on the City’s website here. The conversation took place around 11:40am.
The word on the livable street is that Bike Miami Days or something similar will return in April. While nothing is official just yet, a grassroots group is meeting on a weekly basis to try and bring an ‘Open Streets’ event back. Sources close to Transit Miami have told us that Mayor Regalado has given a nod in support of this widely popular event. If you would like to participate or become a sponsor of this event, please come to the Wallflower Gallery on Tuesdays at 6:00pm. Or contact us here are Transit Miami. More information can also be found on the Bike Miami Days website or on www.facebook.com/BikeMiami.
Bike Miami Rides
Sunday, December 20th
Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Before the ride begins we will go over basic bicycle safety information, and make sure everyone’s bike is road ready with the ABC quick check. The ride will meet at 8:30 and we will ride promptly at 9am.
The ride will travel through Brickell, Downtown, Little Havana, and Coconut Grove. 14 miles total.
The ride will be passing through Little Havana, Mary Brickell Village, Downtown, Bayside, Edgewater, Design District, Wynwood & Midtown. 17.5 miles total.
A special thanks to our Rydel over at Miami Bike Scene for organizing this ride.
Its official, Miami has a plan for bicycles. The Miami Bicycle Master Plan was approved unanimously (4-0) by commissioners today. This is fantastic news and is praiseworthy; however, the victory speaks more about a vocal, passionate, and diverse bicycling constituency that has made great strides over the course of the past year and a half.
Today’s victory for bicyclists is their second triumph in the past two months. A couple of months ago, this very same bicycling community, came out to speak in favor of the Miami 21 zoning code. Coincidentally, these advocates happened to be one of the strongest supporters of the transformative form based code that is now set to guide Miami’s future development.
It’s important that the bicycling community maintain pressure on elected officials to ensure that the plan is actually implemented. I have no doubt that it can be done. This was reinforced to me this past weekend by the thousands of bicyclists that attended Bike Miami Days. Momentum is certainly on our side and seems to be increasing. Last month’s critical mass ride set a Miami record with nearly 200 bicyclists. This month’s Halloween ride should easily supersede that number.
Bicycling is now in vogue in Miami, and this fad isn’t going away anytime soon. If you don’t have a set wheels you better get some soon. All the cool kids got them.
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