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Commissioner Cava and WHEELS Team Visit Black Creek Trail

In an effort to promote WHEELS and District 8’s growing bicycle district, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, WHEELS chair Victor Dover along with a peloton of fellow bicycle advocates came together to tour Miami’s Black Creek Trail.  The trail is considered a local gem, however many residents still don’t know much about it.

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Coral Gables Streetscape Design Workshop

On Thursday August 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon,  the Coral Gables  City Commission will meet for a Miracle Mile/Giralda Streetscape Design Workshop. The meeting will be held in the City if Coral Gables Commission Chambers. City staff and commissioners will discuss progress on the project and review design elements. Public hearings will be scheduled later.

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FDOT Doing #PutItDown Outreach in Miami

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Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) #PutItDown campaign is a state wide initiative aimed at eradicating the use of texting while driving, particularly among young people.  FDOT staff will be performing outreach in Miami between August 24-29.  See below for a list of their outreach locations or click here for their most recent newsletter.  Texting while driving is illegal in the state of Florida and is punishable by fine, but that’s a small price to pay in comparison to avoiding potential tragedy.

OUTREACH EVENT: Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OUTREACH EVENT: Miami-Dade College North Campus Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OUTREACH EVENT: Miami-Dade College Hialeah Campus – Friday, August 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Plan Z Rickenbacker Park Gains Momentum

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Plan Z, also known as Rickenbacker Park, is becoming a major conversation in Miami-Dade County. From Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne, thousands of runners, walkers, cyclists and tri-athletes consider this stretch of road to be the mecca training ground of South Florida. Unfortunately, the road has also claimed the lives of numerous cyclists tragically killed by drivers  who failed to properly share the road.

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Surgeon General will Keynote Upcoming Walking Summit

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America Walks, the national organization leading the walking movement is excited to announce that US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy (link bit.ly/1LBDxj9) will participate as keynote speaker at the 2015 National Walking Summit to be held in Washington, DC October 28-30. America Walks encourages all walking advocates and organizations to join America’s doctor as he delivers a walking prescription to leaders and advocates from across the United States.

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The Rise of Miami-Dade’s Bicycle District

District 8 is on a mission to promote safe and more enjoyable bicycling across the county. Watch D8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and Mayor of Palmetto Bay Eugene Flinn, discuss the need for improved bikeability which would allow people to not only see their bike as a recreational tool, but also a great alternative for commuting to work and daily needs.

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WHEELS to Host a Series of Group Rides/Runs this November

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Coming November 11-15, WHEELS will be celebrating South Florida streets, trains, trails and paths.  In conjunction with the annual East Coast Greenway summit, WHEELS has set a bold goal of encouraging 10,000 people (1,000 from out of town) to leave the car in the driveway and instead utilize transit, bike, bus and /or foot to commute around Miami.

Collaborating with a broad range of public, private and non-profit partners, WHEELS is mobilizing the South Florida community to participate in a series of programmed group bike rides, trail runs, street parties and more!  To further promote the use of alternative modes, WHEELS participants will be treated to free transit passes, food & drink specials, and an assortment of bike friendly swag.

The five-day hub of WHEELS will be South Miami, the only city in South Florida where transit and multi-use trail directly pass through downtown. As the event approaches, expect to see a detailed schedule of group rides and runs that will open to the public, all free!  Local bike advocates will serve as ride leaders who will tour participants through some of Miami’s most beautiful bike routes that are not only breathtaking, but also have high connectivity to transit and urban centers.  For those new to biking/transit, it will hopefully unveil a whole way of getting to and from one’s daily needs, without the need of a car.

Green Mobility Network is a proud partner of WHEELS, and will be assisting with Bike Valet services and the coordination of some fun group rides!

FDOT Launches Put It Down Campaign

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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.

Big Ride Spreads Word for Affordable Housing

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!