Bike Miami — what a blast!

Mayor Diaz at the BikeMiami rally
The inaugural downtown Bike Miami was a swell street party, and we’re looking forward to the next one on December 14. I heard attendance estimates of 1,000 to 2,000 people — multiples of what we talked about in the planning sessions as the mark of success. Two thousand people seemed high to me — but it’s true that the cafes and coffee shop at Mary Brickell Village did a booming business all morning on November 9.

Green Mobility bike valet
We parked 80-some bikes at the Green Mobility Network bike valet at MBV, and met lots of people who hadn’t known about our work. The team of Eric Tullberg and Tony Blazejack at Bayfront Park, above, beat mine at recruiting, though the demand for parking there was smaller. Many thanks to Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and his staff, the Miami police and public service aides, all the cooperating merchants, the South Miami Key Club members who helped park bikes — and everyone who lent energy, ideas and encouragement to Green Mobility as we planted and watered the seed that bore such wonderful fruit today. Thanks also to fellow blogger Desonta Holder for putting in a day with me to make bike valet not only successful but fun.

The rally photo here is by Theo Karantsalis, and the one of the bike corral by Tony Blazejack.

2 thoughts on “Bike Miami — what a blast!”

  1. Hi John

    We’re sorry we were not around to make it to the event. I’m glad to hear it was so successful. I hope Miami will do more of them.

    Renee and Dan

  2. I’m getting e-mail today from people who had a good time downtown yesterday at BikeMiami. Here are some of the comments:

    From Andrew Cunningham:
    “We were a group of more than 10 cyclists and we met lots of other friends there! It was a wonderful event!

    “THE ONLY problem is that the free Metrorail for cyclists ended at 3 pm. The event ended at 3 pm, so we had to pay to get home! It seems to me that if the Metrorail was supporting the event, free for cyclists should have ended at 4 pm, giving riders the opportunity to get back home.

    “Other than that: my 7-year-old daughter asked me 10 times last night before bed — and 20 times this morning getting ready for school — ‘When is the next cyclovia?’ ”

    From Monica Palacio:
    “Bike Miami on Sunday was AMAZING! It was great to see so many people out and about having a good time and enjoying their rides (bikes, roller blades, skate boards, etc). It would be awesome if this became a monthly thing – even better if it were to take place EVERY SUNDAY!!!

    “Please make Bike Miami a regular thing!!!”

    From Stuart Grant:
    “Thanks for help organizing the bicycle valet at the Bike Miami event Sunday. We didn’t bring locks to the event and the valet system let us leave the bikes for a lunch at Bayside.”

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