*An opportunity to meet other people who ride, talk about what makes this city safe (and not) and celebrate more, better bicycling in Miami!
The City of Miami just painted the first part of our region’s newest bike lane so the South Florida Bike Coalition is throwing a party! Join us this Saturday, 9/25 at 5pm sharp at Sra. Martinez (4000 NE 2nd Ave) in the Design District as we toast the new lanes!
Sra. Martinez is pulling out all the stops for us, opening early and offering us all sweet deals on their award-winning tapas and drinks. We’ll have a giant Thank You card that you can sign for the City of Miami, plus some very friendly photographers documenting people using this long-awaited stripe of paint. Please, bring your friends and help us celebrate!
- Party Rolls Out at 5pm (big photo opp to take place before 6)
- Sra. Martinez is located facing the bike lane on NE 2nd Avenue and 40th Street (across from DASH)
- Party is FREE so come toast with your water bottles!
- Wine, Beer, Sangria, Tapas all on special! (Sra. Martinez love bicyclists 🙂
- W Wine Bistro will also be offering specials to those at the party…
- An opportunity to meet other people who ride, talk about what makes our city safe (and not) and do something about it!
This party is a collaborative last-minute fest brought to you by the South Florida Bike Coalition, Sra. Martinez, the Green Mobility Network, Emerge Miami, W Wine Bistro and many more. It’s family-friendly and laid back. Please drop by and show your support! Thank you – we hope to see you there* (RSVP on Facebook here)
Now for some Q & A:
5 blocks of bike lane?? Well, it’s just the first five blocks of a long project that will eventually connect Little Haiti, the Design District, Wynwood and Downtown to another new bike lane on 14th Street (which will connect the City of Miami Beach via the Venetian Causeway to the Miami Health District). This is only half (the northbound lane) of the very first part (Design District section) but it’s reason enough to through a party and say, Thank You!
Can I come without my bicycle? Yes! We really want to take lots of pictures of people using the lane as part of our ‘thank you’ card to the City of Miami but please, come as you are! Bike Lanes connect communities, improve the safety of roads for pedestrians and people in cars as well as people on bicycles, stimulate local business and give us all something to be proud about. Join the party!
Afterparty?! Every great party has an afterparty in our world ~ This Saturday, W Wine Bistro will also be offering special discounts to everyone who comes by bicycle or says they are there for the Bike Lane Party so do drop by their fine establishment, just 3 1/2 blocks north of Sra. Martinez and say hello!
What about HB971? The South Florida Bike Coalition is opposed to the recent Florida state law that requires people to ride in bike lanes under certain circumstances. Still, in the case of the NE 2nd Avenue lane, we think bike lanes, shared use lane markings (sharrows) and other bicycle infrastructure are to celebrated. So, come celebrate! And if you have no idea what HB971 is, come learn more.