Friday night’s 19-mile ride through Downtown, Wynwood-Edgewater, Upper East Side, North Bay Village, and Miami Beach drew between 300 and 400 people, making it the third ride in a row with a really big turnout. It seems as if Critical Mass in Miami is growing organically now, without Halloween or any other special occasion bringing out more riders than usual. This has its obvious pros: the more the merrier, power in numbers, etc. But it also has its drawbacks, the tendency of the mass to stretch out and impede traffic for red light after red light being the biggest. This is a recipe for conflict with motorists and cops (not good). Luckily, there’s an easy solution: Keep up.
We were supposed to ride through Overtown last night, but apparently a good chunk of the mass took a wrong turn out the gate and ended up on Biscayne Boulevard downtown exactly as another mass, made of cars and people, was making its way to American Airlines Arena for the Heat game. Clusterfuck. Again, begging for a cop-issued clothesline and/or taxi door to the torso.
After we fought our way through downtown, the ride went pretty smoothly. The route through Miami Beach was a good change of scenery, especially the peaceful stretch under the canopy on Pine Tree Drive. Not so peaceful: having our picture taken at every red light by every light on Indian Creek.
As always, the ride ended up at BAR (only this time in installments) where, sadly, the DVD player rejected Quicksilver. Damn shame. I was really hoping for a good ol’ fashioned 80s bance-off. [Update: Just heard they got it working eventually. Alas, still no bance-off.]
Here are some photos from the ride.
Bike of the Month
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