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Friday, June 13, 2014

It's all about the bicycle

On Monday, City and County officials met with residents at City Hall to discuss upcoming street improvements of South Bayshore Drive. The plan is to renovate drainage, fix potholes and make it safer for bikers. Not much really came out of the meeting, not even the start dates or schedule were introduced.

Most vocal at the meeting were bikers who feel that there needs to be a much safer roadway for bikers, which I'm all for because as of now, they seem to hog the main road on weekends, blocking traffic for everyone else. If they had their own section or lanes, that would make it easier for everyone to get around.

Another meeting is scheduled for next month which should have more info on details. 

A great way for bikers to meet up and learn about the new shared Republic Bike fleet is taking place Saturday, June 14 at The LAB Miami. The event, called "BIKE/ HACK/ MAKE/
The LAB Miami.
DRANK, is a three-part launch event where custom bikes will be created. 

Starting at 9 am, the event will start off with a Hackathon, where teams of two will create an organized mechanism for the functionality of The LAB's bike sharing program. The teams will compete to see who can come up with the best creation. Sponsors TigerDirect and Republic Bike will provide a grand prize for the best idea. That's the "hack" part, the "make" part is a two hour Make-a-thon led by MIAMade, where attendees will create bike accessories with electronics, botics and something new -- 3D printers, the accessories will actually be made with the printers.

"Drank" is the 6 pm Happy Hour coinciding with Wynwood's Second Saturday Art Walk where all the LAB bike creations will be revealed. Stolen Spiced Rum drinks and Duvel beer will be featured. 

The LAB Miami is located at 400 NW 26 Street, right across from one of my favs, Zak the Baker. The 10,000 square foot warehouse was created into a collaborative work and event space for forward thinking minds.

The event is free, but they would like you to register here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE get the "bikers" out of the middle of the roads! It is a danger to everyone, drivers & their passengers included, because the "bikers" are vicious towards those in cars who dare drive on their roads.

June 13, 2014 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recently a biker made a left in front of me, no signal(s) nothing, & I almost hit him & he was pissed big time. Going to Jimbo's several times, 75 to 100 bikers hogged the road and [refused] to allow me and about 50 cars pass them, so I began passing them on the grass and several bikers tried to block me, even then, and threw objects at me and 2 moved close and banged on my van and both fell in the soft sand. Yesterday a female biker ran the red light at Mary & Oak and got hit by a car, but was not injured seriously. It appears when they form a pack of 20 or more their personalities change and they become a tumult; a rude obnoxious gang. I've seen a hundred different silly, stupid, obnoxious incidents caused by this type mentality. And many drivers passing them are no better. A 4-wheeled vehicle weights tons and will smash & kill any bicyclist. So, who should do what? Many will die leaving families & loved ones with all sorts of financial obligations & grief. I'd be extra careful and I would absolutely ride a bike defensively, obey all the rules of the road and more [IF] I wanted to stay safe, healthy and alive! Jobie Steppe

June 13, 2014 11:52 AM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Cycle safety is important. We need safe bike lanes. I love to cycle myself. However, I have seen reasonable men who put on the spandex and now think that they have supreme authority over the lowly car driver. I'm not sure why this happens.

June 13, 2014 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Share the road only goes one way with some of these bicyclists when they're out in big groups. I've seen them run red lights, stop signs, and ride 3 or 4 across on roadways, blocking traffic. They don't care for traffic laws nor pedestrians (I've had to dodge them at crosswalks).

June 13, 2014 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the law in Dade County to have a bell on your bike. These bikers spend thousands on their bikes and don't have a bell. I would like a warning that a biker is coming towards me.

Also, the worst thing the bikers do. They pull up to the Cocoplum Circle and can't find parking, so what do they do? They block the bike lane! They use the streets, so what do they care about us lowly bike riders that use the path (not to mention walkers, babies in strollers or wheelchairs). It's all I can do from damaging their precious cars.

June 14, 2014 5:57 AM  

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