It was a great weekend for a bike ride – and a little fundraising for the South Florida Bike Coalition. I had a great time riding my bike to Sunfest and enjoyed the free bike valet service – where I found that valet volunteers had already graciously agreed to donate all of their tips to the SFBC–
Thank you, Sunfest/West Palm Beach DDA and volunteers! We are growing fast but it takes some creative friends and fellow bicycle-lovers to take us the next (sustainable) level. If you would like to raise money or awareness about what we are doing, thank you! We would be happy to support you with volunteers, information and anything else we can do.
One of the most frequent questions I get from people is, “Where can I find a ride?” I love that question! There are so many group rides across South Florida now that it has become a fun (and impossible) challenge to keep track. This weekend, Miami’s regularly scheduled Critical Mass again surpassed the 200 bicyclist mark. I met lots of people joining the ride for the first time and, as usual, saw an incredibly diverse group of riders, from kids with their parents to recent bicycle owners to serious team riders. In Broward, an emerging CM ride was a huge success, attracting riders from all three counties to Downtown Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday. Sunday is the most popular day for clubs, groups and individuals to ride on Key Biscayne and the beautiful weather brought hundreds out. Meanwhile, the northeast is hot and breezeless and the northwest is still cold… we are lucky to call South Florida home.
SFBC remains dedicated to our vision of a South Florida where everyone considers bicycling a safe, convenient transportation option and we want to make bicycling better for everyone who lives, works or plays here. Most of our members are people who already bicycle regularly, so we haven’t yet focused on developing a list of clubs and regular rides. From Meetup groups and facebook to themiamibikescene.com, for a lot of us the challenge is picking, not finding, a group to ride with. That said, just getting out there is still a challenge for tourists, new residents and almost everyone who is just getting started on a bicycle. Groups like Emerge Miami welcome new riders and bike shops everywhere are organizing their own groups. Bloggers are popping up everywhere with fun and sometimes even helpful group ride invitations and tips. (I’m particulary fond of Palm Beach Bike Tours in this category). What resources do you use? Would this be the kind of project you would like to see SFBC get serious about? What would you want or expect from (another) listing of local/regional rides? We thank you for your thoughts and suggestions!