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What: Emerge Miami’s 100th Ride: Celebrate Diversity Miami

 

Where: Departs from Government Center in Downtown Miami
(111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128)

 

When: Meet-up at 10:00AM on Saturday, October 11, 2014

 

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10-11-14 Emerge CDM Ride Event Flyer

From the “Emerge Miami’s 100th Ride: Celebrate Diversity Miami” press release:

(MIAMI, FL September 29, 2014) – Emerge Miami’s 100th Ride: Celebrate Diversity Miami, will be rolling through local communities on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, giving people a unique opportunity to learn more about several of our culturally diverse neighborhoods, and to connect with fellow greater Miami residents in a fun and interactive way.

More than 100 cyclists are expected to attend this family-friendly event that will be kicking off Celebrate Diversity Miami, a new large-scale community engagement initiative that aims to promote a deepened sense of connectivity between the culturally and ethnically diverse communities of greater Miami. The group, departing from Government Center in downtown Miami, will visit Overtown, Liberty City, and Little Haiti before concluding with a celebratory picnic at the beautiful, waterfront Museum Park, which recently opened up to the public this summer.

Along the way, riders will first stop by Overtown’s Dorsey Park, where URGENT, Inc. has been working on several mural projects documenting the rich history of that community. The second stop is at the MCI KaBoom Playground in Liberty City, where the Miami Children’s Initiative has been taking a block-by-block approach to breaking the cycle of poverty by investing in the potential of every child. Then riders will make a third stop in Little Haiti to experience the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s recently opened Caribbean Marketplace, an entertainment venue for showcasing arts & crafts, culture, and food. Finally, everyone will make their way over to Museum Park, and come together to celebrate Emerge Miami’s 100th ride milestone.

Emerge Miami and Celebrate Diversity Miami are proud to have the enthusiastic support of the Urban Renewal Greater Enhancement National Team (URGENT), Inc., Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI), and Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Transit Miami reader and Emerge Miami coordinator Leah Weston shared the following letter with us, containing some poignant feedback and observations from the new-ish Miami Trolley service in downtown Miami.

The new diesel-powered, rubber-tire, retro-kitschy busses.

Sent to TrolleyInfo@Miami.gov

Good morning,

I am writing because I would like to make some comments about the Miami Trolley Service. While I am happy to have the mobility from my apartment on the south end of Brickell to the Metro station, I have observed a few issues over the past month and a half that I have been using it and felt like I should give my feedback.

(1) The trolley is completely unreliable. The signs say every 15 minutes, but that is just dead wrong. Oftentimes what will happen is that I will wait for 30 minutes and see two or three trolleys going the opposite direction pass me before one going in my direction shows up. The B bus follows almost THE EXACT SAME ROUTE and it is MUCH MORE reliable. I’d rather pay $1.25 to get somewhere on time than to stand around indefinitely, holding a huge pile of heavy books (I am a law student) and sweating profusely.

(2) Why is there no way to track the trolley like you can with the Metrorail and the Metrobus? If the purpose of public transportation is to be able to get around without a car, I need to be able to plan my trip.

(3) Whoever designed the stops at Brickell Station lacks complete common sense. There are two stops-one for Northbound, one for Southbound. However, the two stops are VERY far apart. That’s fine, except for the fact that there’s nowhere on the FRONT of the trolley that indicates which direction the oncoming trolley is going. Both the North and Southbound trollies stop at the Northbound stop to let people off. I personally have to go Southbound in the afternoon when I arrive home. If I think a Southbound trolley is coming, but it turns out to be a Northbound trolley, I have to run back and forth like an idiot with a 20 pound pile of books. Also, there have been a number of occasions where I think a trolley is heading my direction, but it turns out not to be and, in turn, I miss the B bus back home and have to wait another 15-40 minutes (whenever the next trolley decides to come). Long story short: A 20 minute commute home turns into an hour commute. Might as well drive my car for that kind of efficiency.

(4) Finally, about a month ago, I dropped my work ID on a trolley. Shortly after this happened, I promptly wrote an e-mail inquiring about my ID. About a week later, I got a phone call from someone at your office, apologizing for not getting back to me sooner, but that they had shred my ID. That ID also happened to contain a $50 monthly student Metro pass which I had paid in full and which was nonrefundable. While I understand the policy, there are a few problems with this scenario: Why don’t you have someone regularly checking your e-mail account? Why doesn’t the fact that my name and the name of the judge I was working for appeared on the front of the ID merit a little bit of investigation? The woman on the phone also told me she would “see what she could do” about my Metro pass. Why did she never follow up with me?

I’m sorry for the lengthy diatribe, but I thought you should be aware that your service is sub-par and needs improvement. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about what I have written.

Thank you,

Leah Weston

Miami, FL

What has your experience been with the Miami trolleys?

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Ride to raise supplies for Haiti. The ride will start at Government Center and go through Little Haiti.

We will be riding through Little Haiti and going to Haitian markets and picking up non-perishable goods. Water, canned food, medical supplies of your choice. We will be riding to Fire Station #9 and delivering it to the Miami Fire Department who will be bringing everything to a single drop off point.

Government Center
101 NW First St
Downtown Miami

This benefit is being organized by Emerge Miami and the Saturday Critical Mass Meetup group.

This is a joint bicycle ride with City of Miami’s Bike Miami Rides, Emerge’s Critical Mass, and the TACOLCY (The Advisory Comittee of Liberty City Youth) Bike Club. We’ll be meeting at 10am at the MLK Metro-Rail station and riding to the TACOLCY Center from there the bike groups will ride together.
The ride will take us through Liberty City, Little Haiti, Buena Vista areas, Design District and the Upper East Side. It’ll be fun, lots of kids too.

To get updates on what Emerge is doing you can join the Emerge Google Group

Emerge Miami was founded in 2005 with the mission to strengthen social bonds between progressive individuals, organizations and independent businesses in South Florida in order to more effectively accomplish our individual goals. Miami Critical Mass events have been an aspect of Emerge projects since July of 2006. If you would like to get involved and help plan future events, Please join us Tuesdays at 7pm at the Walflower Gallery. See contact info below.
Get Involved in Alternative Transportation.
Have Fun with People in the Community!

For more information, please call The Wallflower Gallery
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www.wallflowergallery.com
www.myspace.com/wallflowergallery
www.myspace.com/emergemiami

You can find more information about the ride here.

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Government Center
101 NW First St
Miami, FL 33128

“The ride will meet at the Government Center and riding north. We will be riding north and west full route to be determined. We will be ending at the Miami Book Fair International, about 5 blocks east of Government Center.
There will be a Bicycle Valet set up at the book fair, and if you want to go in you get a discount for riding your bike. Thanks to the Green Mobility Network for organizing the Bike Valet.”

For more info: Emerge Miami / Meetup

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Sorry about the slow activity this week. We’ll be back to normal soon. Here is a scanned copy of the proclamation issued by Mayor Manuel Diaz today commemorating Miami’s Bike Month. I captured the whole presentation on video but am having trouble uploading it. I’ll have it up as soon as soon as possible.

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