No longer do we have to wonder what it would look like to have hundreds of Miamians occupying the Ludlam Trail all at once. Last Saturday, Friends of the Ludlam Trail in collaboration with Florida East Coast Industries and Miami-Dade County successfully led over 300 bike riders from A.D. Barnes Park to Dadeland and back.
The 6 mile journey carried them past numerous parks, commercial districts, schools and residential neighborhoods. When riders returned to AD Barnes, they were greeted to an array of festivities including a DJ, bounce houses, face painting, No Boundaries bike shop and of course our very own GMN Bike Valet! During the festival, the crowd took a pause to listen to the leaders of Ludlam Trail and FECI as they brought the public up to speed regarding the campaign.
As summarized by GMN chairman and leader of the FOLT campaign, Tony Garcia “This is the first of many activation events to occur on the trail for the next year. We are thrilled to be working closely with FECI and the surrounding community as we move closer and closer to the Ludlam Trail vision becoming a reality.” Medium to long term efforts regarding the trail include establishing an official Ludlam Trail conservancy trust that would manage land acquisition, design, construction and maintenance of the trail. Until then, Ludlam Days events such as the recent Fall Fest are meant to build awareness and raise funds for the trail.