Back for the 3rd installment is the southernmost un-southern gravel grinder in the States, The 4G.
So, save the date: March 20th, 2016 on your calendars. Then get your legs ready for either the 32 or 62 mile courses offered.
Like the previous two years, this ride is FREE! We will be taking up a voluntary donation for Radio Lollipop in honor or our cycling friend Meagan Wentworth during the event.
Even though there is no registration fee, you will have to sign in and get your wristband prior to the start of the ride. Riders will then have to stop along your chosen course to collect various colored wristbands along the way. These wristband locations will be marked on each course. To be eligible for placing and for other random prizes at the finish YOU MUST COLLECT ALL THE WRISTBANDS ALONG YOUR COURSE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
There will be volunteers manning rest stops along the courses stocked with water, energy drink, gels, whiskey and pickles. On the 32 mile course you will have two rest stops. For the 62 mile course you will have three rest stops.
We will have minimal sag support during the event in case there are any mechanical issues you cannot repair along the trail.
All riders are responsible for carrying everything they need in to the trails with them. Please make sure you have water, food, tubes, tools and pumps on you during this ride. Some of the areas you are riding in to are not accessible to motor vehicles to get you out or aid you.
Hydration bags are strongly recommended.
The course will not be closed to road traffic. It is your responsibility to ride accordingly and obey all traffic laws while at traffic signals, signs and using caution at all crossings. Do not take any chances with yourself or the other riders while on this ride!
The event organizers, sponsors, volunteers/staff and anyone else involved with this event are not responsible for your safety or well-being. We cannot stress this enough…….YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF.
On March 13, 2016, the Miami-Dade community gathered at Homestead Sports Complex for the annual Biscayne – Everglades Greenway Ride. Approximately 60 riders from all corners of the county joined in to discover and enjoy the beauty of this on-going trail project. The ride was hosted by Green Mobility Network and the Everglades Bicycle Club, and sponsored by Rails to Trails Conservancy.
The ride involved 3 distances totaling 14, 22 and 42 miles for each group. Before the ride began, an opening ceremony included statements from GMN, EBC and Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. Commissioner Cava’s district represents the Homestead area and is fervent on building District 8 as the county’s Bicycle District. With her support and the community, South Dade will continue to build its already impressive trail network including South Dade Trail, Black Creek Trail, Old Cutler and now Biscayne – Everglades Greenway.
The Biscayne – Everglades Greenway will be one of the state’s only trails that connects two national parks (Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park). Many thanks to Everglades Bicycle Club, volunteer ride leaders, and all bicyclists who came out and enjoyed a beautiful day of riding. Special thanks to Rails to Trails Conservancy for supporting this amazing trail opportunity.
It is with great thanks to Commissioner Francis Suarez and the City of Miami for offering a formal Proclamation acknowledging Miami Bike Month. On March 11, city delegates and members of the Miami community gathered at City Hall as the proclamation was delivered to Green Mobility Network (GMN). Eric Katz of GMN was there on behalf of the Miami bike community and expressed thanks to the commission and city of Miami bike & pedestrian coordinator Collin Worth for making this proclamation possible.
As stated in the proclamation, the city views better bicycling as a “viable form of transportation and recreation that has great potential to have a positive impact on Miami’s economy, health, and tourism industry and to stimulate economic development by making City competitive in an international marketplace where businesses and and citizens see bicycling as a desirable urban amenity…”
Many thanks again to the City of Miami for continuing to lead the charge as South Florida transforms to a world-class bicycle infrastructure destination. The community is invited to celebrate bike month with full range of bike events occurring through out the month of March. See link below for a video to the commission meeting and fast forward to 1:04:00 to see the Proclamation presentation.
The Biscayne – Everglades Greenway ride is scheduled for this upcoming Sunday. Gather your ride partners and prepare for an awesome day of riding that will take us from the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay to the lush wetlands of Everglades National Park!
The ride is hosted in partnership with Green Mobility Network and Everglades Bicycle Club and made possible by our sponsor Rails to Trails Conservancy. The full 42 mi. course will require long stretches on frequently traveled rural roads: riders should not attempt unless they can safely ride in traffic. The shorter courses (22 & 14) mi. are better suited to less experienced riders as the roads have sidewalks on at least one side. Below are some of the main details of the ride. Also take a look at the meeting point map displaying Homestead Sports Complex.
Start / Finish at Homestead Sports Complex, NE of Palm Dr., SW 152 Av. Parking at east gate, off Alex Muxo Blvd.
BEG Ride is 42 mi., 21 of which are on grass or gravel canal banks.
Fat Tire ride – hybrids OK; no road bikes.
Shorter 22 & 14 mile rides offered as well. Ride leaders, map & turn-by-turn sheets will be provided for each of the three distance rides.
Water & snacks at start and 3 locations along 42 mile ride, but bringing your own snacks is still recommended.
Water & restrooms available at Homestead Sports Complex, Biscayne National Park & Everglades National Park.
Ride at your own speed and helmets are required.
Click here for more information about the ride on our dedicated ride page.
Congratulations to the Village of Pinecrest and Dr. Lawrence Feldman from Miami-Dade Public Schools for hosting the 8th annual Pinecrest Community Bike Day! The event began at 9am at the beautiful Pinecrest Gardens where riders were welcomed with a community fair complete with DJ, food trucks and a collection of sponsors and community organizations handing out plenty of free give-aways!
The event helped spread awareness toward the Village’s strive to become more bike and pedestrian friendly. All riders were provided free safety gear from local sponsors and were given a quick bike safety workshop by UM Bike Safe just before the group ride began. Green Mobility Network was proud to be in attendance and help spread news about existing neighborhood trails such as the South Dade Trail, Red Road Linear Park, Old Cutler Trail new incoming trail projects such the Snapper Creek and Ludlam Trail. Many thanks to the Village for inviting us to attend this wonderful community event!
There is a growing demand for Calle 8 revive itself as a vibrant urban corridor that supports all modes of transport including transit, biking and walking. “My Calle 8” is a movement of neighborhood residents reaching our to the community and elected officials pleading for FDOT to re-purpose the roadway no longer a one-way 3 lane road. The proposed idea, presents wider sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes, bus lane and two-way car traffic. My Calle 8 has developed a website including background information and a petition to sign and share with representatives in Tallahassee. Below is an excerpt from their website.
“For half a century, Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) has served as an eastbound speedway for commuters, along with the equally dangerous one-way, three-lane, westbound SW 7th Street.
Originally a 2-way typical American main street, Calle 8 between SW 27 & Brickell avenues was transformed in the late 60s into the unsafe “Highway Ocho” we know today.
With FDOT studying the corridor this year, the time is right to convert Calle 8 back into the quaint main commercial core of Little Havana. This will reverse 50 years of highway conditions that have disenfranchised neighborhoods and caused commercial blight.
A broad base of stakeholders has united to urge elected officials, government agencies — and the transportation engineers that serve them – to be innovative. We challenge them to create a 21st century Calle Ocho with comfortable wide sidewalks, additional safe crosswalks and dedicated bike and transit lanes — in a vibrant urban setting.”
Improving walking, bicycling, and living in Miami, Florida