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!
Green Mobility Network supports the Miami Critical Mass rides as being one of most important bellwethers of the rise of bicycle culture in Miami-Dade County. The rides have helped thousands of Miamians discover and enjoy bicycling, and that is a good thing. We hope everyone who participates in these rides will be considerate of all other road users. Wherever we ride, we should make safety our priority and courtesy our habit. Any rider who fails to do that obscures the fact that bicycling is a healthy activity that is good for the environment and a wholesome thing.
We urge city leaders to bring together all members of the bicycle community to engage in a constructive dialog that preserves what is special about the Critical Mass ride, while also ensuring public safety
The 2013 Annual Mango Festival is here! This Saturday, July 13, 2013 – Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Fairchild Tropical Garden.This year’s stars are the mangos from Mexico, and you will get to try them in every culinary way you can imagine. There will be culinary demonstrations, tastings and workshops through out the weekend. Bike to Fairchild, we will be hosting a Bike Valet for your convenience. Drop by and talk to us!
That Gulf-to-Atlantic bike trail we mentioned here earlier didn’t survive Gov. Rick Scott’s review. He vetoed the $50 milion appropriation for linking 14 existing trails to make a complete path across Central Florida. Here are details. Want to know the governor’s transportation priorities? They’re largely for more highways.
A tip of the helmet to Maria Luisa Hoover and John Voss, of the Everglades Bicycle Club, for organizing Miami’s edition of last night’s Ride of Silence, honoring cyclists killed or injured by cars. Miami’s organizing task was an extra challenge this year because the usual Rickenbacker Causeway route wasn’t available. Here’s one participant’s record of the cyclists. Note the wide variety of participants. This is not just your racing crowd — which makes the point that cycling is an activity for just about anyone.
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