Last night’s Critical Mass rolled 12 miles through downtown, Spring Garden, Historic Overtown, Wynwood, Design District, Midtown, and Edgewater, and ended with a short but picturesque loop on the Venetian Causeway. The best stretch was through Overtown, where the spectacle of approximately 300 cyclists overrunning Dorsey Avenue drew a crowd to the sidewalks. “G’damn, there’s a whole lotta you mothafuckas,” one guy said from the bus stop. The Midtown stretch took us past the Art Miami and Scope Art Basel tents, which, while still empty, were enough to get you excited for the art tsunami heading Miami’s way.
The one downside to the ride was an accident at Bayshore Drive and NE 21 Street. A few witnesses told me the rider was on her phone (or at least holding it) when her bike slipped out from under her, sending her head first into the asphalt. “It was not a bike accident,” one guy told me. “It was a careless accident.” In any event, several people attended to the fallen rider, who was crying and panicked, while others helped guide traffic through the crowd. The entire Critical Mass group stood by until the ambulance showed up about 10 minutes after the accident. “How are you?” the girl asked the EMT as he stood over her, assessing the damage. “Better than you,” he said. I heard her laughing as we pedaled toward Venetian.
As usual, the ride wound up at BAR (the drinking establishment formerly known as PS-14), where cheap beers and BBQ awaited. Besides the accident by the bay, I heard about a few other minor spills and one corker getting hassled by a cop in an unmarked car and possibly ticketed. So it was a a bit of an eventful ride, but a beautiful one for the most part. Here are some pics from the action-packed evening.
Bike of the Month
All photos by Robby Campbell. To view photos from past Critical Mass rides, click HERE.