We are going to take a look at a bike ride meetup in Miami that happens the last Friday of every month. It is called Critical Mass.
The Miami Critical Mass is not a protest event nor an anti-car or an “against something” event. It is simply a get together of all the bicycle enthusiasts in the area that want to have fun and cruise around the city. The purpose for people can vary. Some people go to just meet friends and have a good time; others are more on the “celebrate bicycles” mood, where they want to remind drivers that they must share the road with their fellow riders; others just want to encourage cycling through these types of events. The Miami Critical Mass is composed by all kinds of individuals, with different political views and very different reasons to ride a bike. Everybody respects traffic rules and often leave an open lane for cars to pass, although is not a good idea as some drivers dangerously weave around the group at very high speeds.
The ride is every last Friday of the month in the evening, starting at 6:30 pm at the Government Center, where people start to meet up and gather to get into the mood. The departure time is at 7:15, the length of the ride is between 12 and 18 miles and the speed limit is 14 mph.
- All participants should keep the same pace in order to avoid gaps and make turning and riding smoother.
- Headphones or earphones are not allowed by law while riding a bicycle. Only hearing aids are allowed.
- Please respect safety and traffic rules such as lanes and traffic lights.
- Safety lights are required by law. Front and rear lights. Also, the use of helmet is highly recommended.
- When passing other cyclists it is recommended to ring the bell or yell “on your left” to let people know where you are going.
- Passing through cars at traffic stops it not allowed. Filtering forward is dangerous and illegal.
- Littering and drinking alcohol or doing any type of drugs is totally prohibited by law and by the group. Remember, the ride is to celebrate life and a healthy lifestyle.
- If a rider has to stop, they should move over to the sidewalk. Stopping in the middle of the mass will more likely cause another rider to crash or to suddenly turn causing accidents.
- Always perform an ABC quick bike check. For your safety and the safety of the group.