This is a proud day for me. As many of you know, I became a bicycling advocate largely because of the spark lit at Miami City Hall when we were named one of the worst cities for cycling in the country, about 3 years ago. Today online – and in the May issue of Bicycling Magazine – Miami is now celebrated for the hard work and dedication of people like you and I who are working hard to improve conditions for people who bicycle across our metropolitan area.
The lesson: Change is possible.
We all know that Miami has a long way to go before we realize the SFBC vision of a South Florida where everyone feels like bicycling is a safe and convenient transportation option. However, today is our moment to reflect on how far we have come. Three years ago, the City of Miami did not even have a bicycle advisory group. Today, the Bicycle Action Committee meets regularly with the (new) Bicycle Coordinator to collaborate on an effective Miami bicycle program that includes a Master Plan, regular rides and a public service campaign. As I have had the privilege to say in venues across the Americas – believe me, if Miami can do this, any place can.
Already, Miami’s good news has received media attention from NBC and Forbes. It’s exciting for us and we hope that it is for you, as well. We were listed as #44 out of 55 and one of the “5 Rising Stars”. It takes organization to ensure that this kind of momentum does not go to waste. That is why we are here – a personal thank you to all of our members for helping us to celebrate today, and keeping us motivated to work twice as hard tomorrow.