Friday’s night’s Critical Mass Miami bicycle ride generated some traffic slowdowns, but no major incidents as 1,000-plus riders cruised from downtown Miami through the Upper East Side and across North Bay Village, down Collins Avenue and back through the Venetian Islands to downtown.
Among the riders was LeBron James of the Miami Heat, who sometimes bikes to work at the American Airlines Arena. His Twitter photo post from the Friday’s ride was shared hundreds of times. Dwyane Wade participated in the September ride.
Most surprising about the ride, at least to your Belle Isle Blog, is the heat is generated from both commuters and and bicycle community.
Critical Mass holds a ride the last Friday of every month. We reported the ride in advance of this one because we figured non-riders in the Belle Isle area would want a chance to change their driving routes on Friday to avoid delays. We thought the city of Miami Beach was responsible in warning of possible disruptions – just as they do for road races, parades, and when a presidential motorcade is expected to travel through town.
We’re surprised the warnings from the city seemed to annoy some Critical Mass participants.
Likewise, the anger from commuters seems misplaced. There are a lot of ways to get from point A to point B in our crowded town. Miami Beach’s DecoBike service is an acknowledgement of that.
Respecting the rights of bikers and runners — and yes, they have rights on the on the roads — is important anywhere, and especially in an urban environment such as ours.
We heard complaints from drivers that some cyclists don’t obey traffic laws, as they are required to do. We’ve all seen it happen. It’s worth knowing that Critical Mass promotes rules for safe biking, both in practice and on its website and Facebook page.