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.
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.