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.
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.”
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!
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.