What a day we had on Sunday at the Deering Seafood Festival! We parked 268 bikes, a record turnout. Thanks to wonderful volunteers Marc and Judith Bell, Ana Browne and son Gustavo, Stuart Grant, August Neal, and Eric Tullberg for their generous gifts of time and energy. They were a pleasure to work with. And August had an interesting thought: imagine all those riders had driven to Deering — and parked along Old Cutler Road. Who would have liked that? So say a word of thanks to valet sponsor Heritage House, in Pinecrest. Better yet, go shop there.
Here we are busy right before the midday rush, when the racks filled to capacity just as early festival-goers started heading home. Our new location was larger than before, and just right for the need. Thanks, Deering Foundation!
This fully-supported ride promotes the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway, which will loop through the historic city of Homestead. There’ll be routes of 62 miles, 42 miles, and 25 miles — with darned good food at the finish. You can register at Active.com. You’ll certainly want to be at Losner Park for the demonstration parachute jump by the Army’s Golden Knights. There’s on-site registration at 6 a.m. at 41 N. Krome Ave. Green Mobility Network will be helping that day; check our page at Volunteer Match for ways you can take part. Say, help spread the word, won’t you? Meanwhile, here’s more about Homestead. Kudos to City of Homestead for sponsoring this ride.
Here’s a nice member benefit you may have overlooked. There’s a little more time to take advantage of this sweet offer from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Click the headline to read details. Speaking of Fairchild, we’ll look for you there during the Chocolate Festival, Jan. 20-22. Bike valet at the south gate on Saturday and Sunday. Want to help? Click here.
We could not have had better weather or more enthusiastic volunteers than we did for the inaugural Gables Bike Day on Sunday. Public participation was truly gratifying. Cyclists of all ages and descriptions turned out along Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Boulevard with their own machines or ones they borrowed from sponsors Deco Bike, Mack Cycle and Fitness, or No Boundaries.
There were many, many walkers enjoying the community event, too, and the Coral Gables police were notably efficient in keeping cars out of the way during the event as well as the setup and cleanup. We owe great thanks for Robert Ruano’s vision in starting the ball rolling, for Coral Gables Rotary president Deborah Swain and husband John’s strong support, and the scores of helpers who came to the project through Rotary, Emerge Miami, Volunteer Match, and the SHAPE Club at Ronald Reagan Senior High School. We have photos you can enjoy at Facebook (share comments, please) and at Flickr. Also a set at Flickr from member Greg Hamra. Yours would be welcome, too.
It was great fun meeting people at our table at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden over the weekend. We enjoyed hearing your experiences with walking, bicycling, and transit use — and we hope our work encourages many to find new ways to bring people-powered transportation into daily life. On Sunday, with no rain present or threatening, our bike valet team had a busy day. We heard many good comments from cyclists about the ongoing improvement to the path along Old Cutler Road. (That county project is on track for completion by July 31, by the way.) Many thanks to Fairchild and to our valet sponsor, Mack Cycle & Fitness.