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.
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!
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!
Just last week, another texting & driving tragedy hit close to home as Miami Bike & Build rider Patrick Wanninkhof was struck and killed due to a distracted driver who was too busy on the cell phone rather than paying attention to the road. This simple yet highly dangerous act of driving negligence has claimed too many innocent victims, and has communities across the country struggling to find solutions.
Florida Department of Transportation has recently launched its Put It Down campaign aimed at educating the public about the dangers of driving while texting. Green Mobility is a proud partner in this campaign and will begin distributing informative data with hopes to educate the local community and inspire us all to #PutitDown! For those who are ready to 100% give up driving and texting (or those who already have), please sign this Pledge Card, and share it with your neighbors, family, and friends.
The 2015 Bike & Build campaign is a effort led by young, engaged cyclists who are raising awareness about the affordable housing crisis across the United States. For 75 days, the 31-member team begins at the Atlantic ocean of New Haven CT, and pedals all the way until they reach the Pacific ocean at Half Moon Bay, CA. Yup, across the entire country by bike!
Throughout the trip, the group raises money and periodically stops to volunteer for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and Youth Build USA. One of the riders is a Miamian and FIU alum, Daniela Ruiz. Months before the trip, Daniela was passionately seeking donors to help sponsor her ride. Thankfully, Daniela was able to reach her $4,500 goal, with more donations still coming in! If you would like to support her ride with a donation click here!
Bike & Build is an independent non-profit that has contributed more than $4.5 million to housing groups to fund projects planned and executed by young adults. Through pre-arranged gifts, Bike & Build funds affordable housing projects executed by its participants in communities where their events begin. Through their grant program, Bike & Build identifies and supports exciting projects involving young people all throughout the nation. Bike & Build also supports local affordable housing organizations along each route through on-the-road donations.
The last time we spoke with Daniela, their group had crossed the Illinois border. We will continue to check up on the group and celebrate their ride completion, scheduled in August. Great job guys, just over 2,000 miles to go!
Planners working toward the proposed River of Grass Greenway, a cross-state path linking Miami and Naples, will be holding the first of a series of community workshops Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 at Edison State College in Naples (click for map). For a two-page flyer with workshop times and location details, click here. You can learn more about the project, and give feedback online, by visiting this site.
Today while pedaling along Tigertail Ave. on my way to Coconut Grove, I came up behind a cyclist towing a heavily laden trailer. I spotted him several hundred feet away because the trailer had an orange safety flag waving from a tall pole. I slowed down as I pulled alongside, and as we biked into the Grove together he told me his story.
His name is Timothy Pitcher. Most of the year he lives in Lakeville, Maine. In early October he’d driven his truck to a town in Maryland just outside Washington with his bike, trailer, and equipment. Leaving the truck with a friend, he’d started on a 1,300-mile bike trip to Key West. He was a cheerful, ruddy-cheeked guy whom I took to be possibly a retiree. Who else would have the time for such a trip? But, no, he said. He’s an independent sales and marketing specialist. He carries a laptop and works in motels when he stops for the day. “My clients all read my blog,” he told me. “They envy me my freedom.”
You, too, can read Tim’s blog. It’s part of a website called CrazyGuyOnABike.com–search for “Pitcher” as the key word. Or just click here to go straight to the journal of his current trip. It’s titled “Dixie Land Ramble.” The CrazyGuyOnABike website chronicles hundreds of bicycle trips throughout the world. If that doesn’t tickle your wanderlust, nothing will.
When we stopped in Center Grove, I got this shot of Tim and his rig. The whole setup weighs about 200 pounds.
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