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Biscayne – Everglades Greenway Ride Details

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.

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Start / Finish at Homestead Sports Complex, NE of Palm Dr., SW 152 Av. Parking at east gate, off Alex Muxo Blvd.

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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.

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Good times at Pinecrest Community Bike Day

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!

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(Left to Right) Eric Katz of Green Mobility Network, Dr. Lawrence Feldman of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Mayor Cindy Lerner from Village of Pinecrest

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!

My Calle 8 Urges For Bicycle/Pedestrian Infrastructure

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.

PlusUrbia_Calle-Ocho-Proposed-Plan-web“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.”

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South Dade Bike Events this Weekend

Florida Bike Month is underway and Miami-Dade’s unofficial Bicycle District (District 8) is leading the charge with 2 exciting events this weekend.  GMN will have a presence at both events so be sure to come say hi and grab some GMN swag! Many thanks to Village of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Miami-Dade District 8 for continuing to advocate for safer and healthier streets for all modes.

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Mayor Flinn of Palmetto Bay is leading a bike ride this year prior to a community picnic. All participants will receive a raffle ticket and will be automatically entered to win a prize. The ride is in cooperation with County’s “Bike 305 Connecting Communities” program. Helmets are mandatory! If you’re interested in participating in the Mayor’s Bike Ride, please pre-register here before March 3. The ride will depart at 9:30 am from Coral Reef Park. Green Mobility Network will be in attendance with FREE bike valet!

 

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Join the Village of Pinecrest for their annual Community Bike Ride Day.  After a guided bike tour, riders will enjoy free give-aways from an array of sponsors and community organizations.  Green Mobility Network will have a table and provide all with free bike maps and other cool swag!

The Underline Receives Grant from People for Bikes!

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Congratulations to Friends of the Underline for recently being awarded a grant by People for Bikes! The grant will support the start of Underline’s construction beginning at the north end at Brickell station.  The grant will help pay for park amenities such as dog park, out door gym, improved landscaping and children’s playground. Construction is scheduled to begin in Fall of 2016.  Click below for full press release.

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Celebrate Bike Month with Biscayne – Everglades Greenway Ride!

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Green Mobility Network is proud to be partnering with Everglades Bicycle Club for the return of the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway ride.  Sponsored by Rails to Trails Conservancy, this FREE community event will tour riders through one of the only trail projects that connects two National Parks! Stretching from Biscayne National Park on the East and Everglades National Park on the west, this ride will showcase the unique natural landscape of South Florida. We hope you will join us!

*Helmets Required*

Visit our webpage dedicated to this ride for more details.