June Critical Mass: 500 cyclists, one mayoral candidate

By | June 25th, 2011 | 8 Comments

Friday night’s 14.3 mile Critical Mass through Little Havana, The Roads, Coral Gate, Shenandoah, Brickell and Downtown drew about 500 riders. It also drew Miami-Dade County mayoral candidate Carlos Gimenez, who showed up with a team of supporters at Government Center to smile at young people before the ride started. Gimenez’s presence, as well as the presence of the Red Bull mobile, the “U R Awesome! Free Hugs – High Fives – Peaceful Pounds” contingent (see below), and several other peddlers of this and that (including a couple of annoying guys selling wolf t-shirts), suggests that Miami Critical Mass has made an impression on local politicians and businesses alike. Whether this is a good or bad development remains to be seen, but Friday night it was quite conspicuous.

Meanwhile, Gimenez’s opponent, Julio Robaina, did not make an appearance, but he did send a representative.

Robaina by Robby Campbell

Wheely by Robby Campbell

Robaina by Robby Campbell

Here are some more photos of the ride.

Cell by Robby Campbell

Face Palm by Robby Campbell

Tat Wing by Robby Campbell

Yellow by Robby Campbell

Ur Awesome by Robby Campbell

Go by Robby Campbell

4Pack by Robby Campbell

A flat tire prevented us from getting photos of the entire ride, which included a beautiful eastward stretch on S.W. 16th Street beneath an arbor of yellow-flowered trees (Tabebuia?). I don’t remember ever taking 16th during Critical Mass — or maybe the blooming trees made the street look different. Either way, a message to the invisible hand that draws the route every month: Let’s do that again.

Wheely by Robby Campbell

Just Do It by Robby Campbell

FYI: There are 79 more photos from the ride on the Beached Miami Facebook page.

Ride by Robby Campbell

As usual, the ride ended up at BAR on N.E. 14th Street. Earlier this week, we mentioned that BAR will shut down at its current location after July 4 weekend, so Critical Mass has to find a new watering hole for the July ride and beyond. (I’m hearing the Filling Station.) Friday night, BAR graciously welcomed the swarm of sweating cyclists with cheap beer, barbecue, and that “Customer is always right” smile.

Dogs by Robby Campbell

Seriously, I’m going to miss BAR. It’s been good to us riders and a good foil to its higher-energy (and higher-priced) neighbor. Here are a few photos of farewell.

Stripe Call by Robby Campbell

Rydel by Robby Campbell

BAR Back

Muertat

Yo by Robby Campbell

Check out 79 more photos from the ride on our Facebook page.

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8 Comments on “June Critical Mass: 500 cyclists, one mayoral candidate”

  1. 1 nick mck said at 2:05 pm on June 25th, 2011:

    Yes. Thank you gentlemen for coming out, and Jordan for riding!

  2. 2 John said at 4:08 pm on June 25th, 2011:

    Amazing pics, photog(s) responsible are to be highly commended. Great job!

  3. 3 Robby Campbell said at 5:48 pm on June 25th, 2011:

    Thanks John.

  4. 4 Robby Campbell said at 5:51 pm on June 25th, 2011:

    Nick, wish I could’ve been riding. Got a flat right after take off. My knowledge of tire repair consists of standing sadly as the mass disappears in the distance.

  5. 5 Taylor said at 7:08 pm on June 25th, 2011:

    It was my first time riding with Critical Mass and I had a blast. I will be coming to future events for sure.

  6. 6 Zusel said at 11:26 pm on June 25th, 2011:

    I <3 these..great photos!

  7. 7 Leah said at 5:28 pm on June 26th, 2011:

    Love the photos – nice one of Rydel!

    Gimenez wants our votes, but does he want our scrutiny?

  8. 8 Jordan Melnick said at 8:43 pm on June 26th, 2011:

    @Leah It would have been cool if he went on the ride and chatted us up.


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