Art Festivals Going Bike-Friendly

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is offering bike valet  this year.  We think it’s a first for this always-popular event, and we’re excited to be working with them to make the show more accessible.  If you bike to the festival on Feb. 13-15 you’ll find our Green Mobility tent at the main entrance, 2980 McFarlane Road. There friendly volunteers will park and protect your bicycle — and share information about this and other projects making greater Miami better for people who bicycle, run, and walk.

The concept of bike valet at an arts festival was tested and proven at the Rotary Arts Festival in South Miami, where we’ll be back on Feb. 20-21 at 5750 SW 72nd St.

Want to help at these or other Green Mobility events? Visit our page at Volunteer Match.

Speak up for safety of people on bicycles, people on foot

Here’s a chance to improve one of the few Florida laws protecting people riding bicycles. We’re talking about our three-foot law, the one that tells drivers to give someone on a bicycle a three-foot “margin of life” when passing. There’s a move underway to broaden the law to also protect pedestrians, highway workers, and certain others – and to specify a hefty fine for a driver whose failure to pass safely results in someone’s injury. We especially like the effort to prevent deadly right-turn collisions.

We’re talking about the Vulnerable Road User Bill, which has already won committee approval in the Florida House and Senate. Now it’s time to let our local legislators know that we care about this and want it passed.

The bill exists in the House as H253 and in the Senate as S332. Please write or call today to give these bills a boost. This page at the Florida Senate will help you find the man or woman from your district, and give you their phone number, address, and email link.

If you’re in the district of Rep. Jose Oliva, your voice will be especially helpful. Oliva, of Hialeah, chairs the House Economic Affairs Committee, where H253 currently awaits consideration. The committee’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 2.  Continue reading Speak up for safety of people on bicycles, people on foot

Beach’s 16th Street Bike Lane Has Gone Green!

Great news for those who commute by bike in Miami Beach!  Just this past week, the City of Miami Beach painted 16th Street with a beautiful green bike lane.   This street is one of the most popular commuter corridors for residents on bikes. The east/west connection has had a striped bike lane, but the lane was in need of a facelift and better visibility to drivers.

The 16th Street green lane is just one component of a comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that has been in the works since 2013.  The Master Plan is sponsored by the city and is being carried out by The Street Plans Collaborative.  As South Florida’s most urban environment, Miami Beach is undergoing a massive overhaul to give more priority to bike and pedestrian mobility.  The plan envisions a robust expansion of protected bike lanes around Miami Beach. Upgrading to a green bike lane is just the first step in a larger plan that will culminate in protected lanes on 16th Street, Euclid, West Avenue, Washington, Collins and 5th Street.   We look forward to more green bike lanes (and protected lanes) installed in Miami Beach coming soon!

*Photo courtesy Xavier Falconi

Coral Gables Tours the Ludlam Trail!

Many thanks to Bike Walk Coral Gables and Coral Gables Museum for leading a bike tour from downtown Coral Gables to the Ludlam Trail mid-point in AD Barnes Park.  Approximately 25 riders enjoyed a leisure ride through neighborhood streets and eventually came to a trail access point near Waterway Drive.  GMN program manager Eric Katz was present to greet the group and offered the latest information regarding the Friends of Ludlam Trail campaign, and how they could help support the cause.

GroupTalk-300x225Bike Walk Coral Gables is well-known for its community bike tours, usually occurring within the city, but because the Ludlam Trail has such a regional impact the ride leaders knew it was important to introduce Coral Gables residents to the trail that lies just minutes from the city limits.  To help provide context, before the ride embarked, staff from Coral Gables Museum toured the group through the museum exhibit Ludlam Trail: Grassroots to Treetops. The exhibit displays the medium to long-term goals for the FOLT campaign which includes the construction of a linear park and trail stretching from Dadeland to Miami International Airport.  The exhibit is open until the end of January 2016.

Future collaborations with Bike Walk Coral Gables coming soon!

Bike Valet Provided at Miami Marathon Expo

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Green Mobility Network is proud to announce our official partnership with the Miami Marathon! For the first time, GMN will be providing FREE bike valet services to all patrons who attend the Miami Marathon Expo Friday January 22 and Saturday January 23 located at the Mana Wynwood Complex. So instead of driving by car to get a race packet, racers can give their legs a nice warm-up before the race by riding bike to the Expo venue!

When arriving at the Expo, look for our Green Mobility Network tent and valet station just next to the main entrance to the Expo.  GMN valet will be happy to park all bikes and watch over them in a secure area while patrons enjoy the expo.  We hope to see you there and good luck to all runners!

If you would like to sign-up as a volunteer to help us with our Bike Valet, please email us at info@greenmobilitynetwork.org.

Green Mobility Network Completes Inaugural Clean Sweep @ Snapper Creek

On January 10, 2016, Green Mobility Network completed its first ever Clean Sweep @ Snapper Creek ride and volunteer clean-up! Led by GMN members Eric Katz, Eric Tullberg and Dr. Matt Pollack of Miami Holistic Chiropractors, our group collected 5 bags worth of trash found scattered along the beautiful R. Hardy Matheson Preserve. While we were cleaning, there was a another gentlemen bike rider who saw us working and  took a break to join in on the clean-up!

1.10.15This was a great day of service and another way to help raise awareness about Miami’s beautiful trail network.  Let’s all do our part to keep these amazing Miami places clean and safe for all of us to enjoy and appreciate.  We’ll be back for another clean-up soon, and we hope you will join us! Special thanks to Miami Holistic Chiropractors for sponsoring coffee and snacks and Miami Dade County for disposing our trash!

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