Critical Mass Corker-in-chief: Cyclists, clear the road

By | June 29th, 2012 | 1 Comment
Miami Critical Mass Corking

A Miami bike activist is asking cyclists to show motorists respect after Critical Mass, a popular monthly group ride. — photo by Robby Campbell

If you’ve ever ridden in Miami Critical Mass, a group bike ride on the last Friday of every month that draws hundreds of riders, it’s highly likely that Robert Noval corked for your benefit. In Critical Mass parlance, “corking” is the term for blocking an intersection from car traffic to allow the mass of cyclists to pass by safely. Noval is an inveterate corker and therefore one of the unsung saints of Critical Mass, which would descend into chaos without people like him sacrificing the flow of their ride to smooth the way for the mass at large.

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Magic City Bicycle Collective aims to ‘demystify’ bikes

By | June 25th, 2012 | 10 Comments
Girl on a yellow bike

Miami’s burgeoning bike scene keeps on rolling with the launch of the Magic City Bicycle Collective. — photo by Robby Campbell

Miami is a notoriously sprawling metropolis that many long ago wrote off as a cyclist’s nightmare. But the huge popularity of the monthly group bike ride Miami Critical Mass (held the last Friday of every month, including this coming Friday) is an undeniable sign that the local bike scene is coming into its own. Then there’s the the proliferation of bike lanes and sharrows, the success of bike sharing programs like DecoBike, and even the launch of a Miami bike polo club.

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Miami blogger: Drivers don’t — and shouldn’t — stop for pedestrians

By | June 18th, 2012 | 30 Comments
'Lawlessness = Efficiency' equals stupidity

Meltzer’s “lawlessness = efficiency” equals stupidity.

In a June 11 post titled “In Miami, We Don’t Stop for Pedestrians”, Miami Beach 411 blogger Matt Meltzer made the self-evidently stupid suggestion that motorists break the law — for example, by not yielding to pedestrians — to compensate for “pedestrian-biased laws” that, he says, account for Miami’s traffic problems.

In Meltzer’s shorthand: “lawlessness = efficiency”. Here’s an excerpt:

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City of Miami floats bike-share program as activism intensifies

By | March 8th, 2012 | 4 Comments
Miami bike activists pick up speed

Miami bike activists are picking up speed. -- photo by Robby Campbell

The Miami cyclist community was out in full force Wednesday night at O Cinema in Wynwood for the SafeStreetsMiami Forum, which was organized by the Green Mobility Network in the wake of cyclist Aaron Cohen’s death while riding his bike on the Rickenbacker Causeway last month. Here are a few key takeaways from the event:

Extended bike lane on Rickenbacker: The crowd grew restless a few times during the meeting when listening to public officials talk about “studies”, “plans”, and long-term goals to improve bike safety in the city and the county. The audience wanted to hear about concrete actions from the officials present, an influential list which included Jeff Cohen from Miami-Public Works, city bicycle coordinator Collin Worth, city commissioner Marc Sarnoff, and county commissioner Xavier Suarez. “What are you going to do in 30 days?” someone shouted from the back.

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Photos: Miami Critical Mass February 2012

By | February 25th, 2012 | 8 Comments

On Friday night, a swarm of cyclists rode 14.3 miles through Little Havana, Allapattah, Wynwood, Midtown, Design District, Buena Vista, Little Haiti, Upper East Side, Edgewater, Omni, and Downtown in Miami Critical Mass. Following close on the death of cyclist Aaron Cohen, the victim of a hit-and-run collision on the Rickenbacker Causeway on Feb. 15, the ride had particular poignance for many riders. In general, it was another fun group ride on the streets of Miami with a cool breeze at our backs.

MCM Feb. '12 by Robby Campbell

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Bike safety public forum in the works following cyclist’s death

By | February 22nd, 2012 | 3 Comments
Miami Critical Mass

Following cyclist Aaron Cohen's death, local activists are ramping up their effort to make Miami a safer place to ride. -- photo by Robby Campbell

A public forum addressing bike safety in Miami-Dade is being planned following the death of an avid cyclist who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the Rickenbacker Causeway last Wednesday.

“Lots of people are very upset about what happened — the tragic death of Aaron Cohen, and they are demanding action,” said Hank Sanchez-Resnik of the Green Mobility Network, the civic group organizing the event. “We’re trying to channel all of that energy into constructive solutions.”

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Photos: Miami Critical Mass January 2012

By | January 29th, 2012 | 10 Comments
Miami Critical Mass 1/27/12

Twelve HUNDRED riders!

On Friday night approximately 1,200 cyclists (!) rode 12.5 miles through downtown, East Little Havana, West Flagler, Coral Way, Little Havana, and The Roads in Miami Critical Mass. With the huge turnout and tropical “winter” weather, the ride had an amazing energy. The only hiccup for me came toward the end of the ride, at the intersection of South Miami Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street, when the strung-out Mass made four lanes of cars wait for at least 10 light changes. The motorists were honking and yelling, too many cyclists — mostly stragglers — were taunting the drivers (“We own the road!” “Wait your turn!”), and one guy got out of his car and into the face of a corker. This kind of thing will happen when 1,200 riders take over the road, but heckling motorists is childish. Critical Mass is a statement ride, but that statement should not be: “We’re a bunch of assholes.” If a driver gets feisty, there are ways to handle it. You can ignore it or try to calm him down. But don’t tempt him to run you over — you might get someone else hit. Alright, sermon over. Check out our photos of the ride after the jump.

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Miami Critical Mass Rolling Out

By | November 27th, 2011 | No Comments

Instead of photographing Critical Mass on Friday night (as we do almost every month), we decided to shoot video of the mass gearing up for the monthly bike ride at Government Center, its usual downtown starting point. The song in the video is “This Is The Timing” by ANR, which is headlining the Beached Basel Bash on Wednesday alongside Millionyoung, PLAINS, Little Beard, and other fine Miami talent. To learn more about the BBB, visit the FB event page. But first, roll tape.

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From G-Spot to G-Spot, on two wheels

By | November 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

Bikes, art, beer. That’s the short and skinny of the G-Spot Bike Ride this coming Saturday, Nov. 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Led by the TM Sisters, the ride will stop at new art installations throughout Downtown, Wynwood, and the Design District. The installations are part of the G-Spot Tour, a Grolsch-sponsored project curated by contemporary art curator and writer Claire Breukel that gave 10 Miami artists, including las hermanas TM, free reign to create whatever their aesthetic hearts desired. To learn more about the artworks, the project, and how you can win an iPad 2 just for taking a photo, visit gspotartproject.com.

The ride on Saturday will end at The Stage for a round of complimentary Grolsch. The after party is open to one and all, so feel free to drop by The Stage whether you come on the ride or not. Of course, you should come on the ride, if not for the art then to work off the Thanksgiving turkey/tofurkey. To RSVP and learn more details, visit the G-Spot Bike Ride event page on Facebook.

G-Spot Bike Ride Flyer (black)

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Dolphin Cyclist Injured, Robbed

By | November 21st, 2011 | 1 Comment

If you’re a Miami Critical Mass regular, you’ve probably had the pleasure of seeing a woman riding a dolphin bike through the streets, leaving a trail of smiles in her wake. If not, behold:

Regina the Dolphin
This photo originally appeared in our recap of the May 2011 Miami Critical Mass ride

The woman, Regina McFall, works in the theatre arts department at the University of Miami and the dolphin bike is really a normal Trek hybrid with a dolphin’s smiling face affixed to the handlebars and a fluke fitted to the back tire. Naturally, Regina wears the dorsal fin as a helmet.

As the photo suggests, Regina radiates positive energy and, through her creations, she manages to make Miami a sunnier place. So we were very upset to hear, via the Miami Bike Scene, that she recently fell off of her bicycle and broke her wrist. It gets worse, according to the MBS:

Last Thursday night around 10pm at the intersection of Sunset Drive/US1 a female cyclist accidentally jumped a curb and fell of her Trek hybrid bicycle and broke her wrist. A black male in his 20s, no facial hair and wearing an orange & black jacket approached the cyclist and pretended to be coming to her aid, instead the suspect stole her bicycle while she laid helpless on the street. The bike is blue/silver and has a rear rack, RST fork and kickstand. If you see the Trek bicycle pictured below please alert the proper authorities.

We don’t have any updates as of now, but we do wish Regina speedy recuperation and hope she recovers her Trek (which, according to MBS, was not in “dolphin mode” when it was stolen). We also hope this experience doesn’t damage her apparent joie de vivre. Miami would be a lesser place without the smiling dolphin swimming through its streets.

Update: Regina is offering a $100 reward for her bike.

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