Critical Mass Criss-Crosses Calle Ocho Tonight: Here's How to Join the Ride, or Avoid It

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It's that time again: when Miamians either don their spandex or their driving gloves, dust off their fixies or rent a Ferrari.

Critical Mass is back. Tonight, Miami's monthly bike ride will be carving a massive figure eight across Little Havana.

If you want to participate in the peloton, show up at Government Center at 6:30 p.m. If not, here are a few neighborhoods you might want to avoid.

See also: Critical Mass: It's Time for Miami Police and Motorists to Respect Bike Riders

It's been a mixed month for Miami bikers. Carlos Bertonatti, the aspiring pop star who drunkenly hit and killed Christopher Le Canne back in 2010, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on September 12.

Meanwhile, friends and family of another slain biker -- Aaron Cohen -- rallied in Tallahassee two days earlier for increased penalties on drivers who leave the scene of an accident.

Cohen was killed by Michele Traverso in 2012. Cops believed Traverso had been drinking before he hit Cohen on the Rickenbacker Causeway, but by the time they found Traverso the next day, it was too late to test his blood for alcohol.

Both cases are a reminder to be careful tonight, whether you're driving or pedaling.

Here is the route for this edition of Critical Mass, courtesy of The Miami Bike Scene. Tonight's ride is a 13.3-mile figure eight through Riverside, Little Havana, Coral Gables, Shenandoah, Allapattah, Overtown, and Downtown:

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The Miami Bike Scene
September 27, 2013

And here is a list of directions, in case you get lost or fall behind:

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The Miami Bike Scene

Remember to bring bike lights, leave the boozing until after the ride, and listen to Critical Mass organizers with flags and whistles.

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YEPP
YEPP

IF WE STOPED AT EVERY RED LIGHT THE MASS WOULD JUST LAG AND GROW LONG HOLDING TRAFFIC LONGER FOR MOTORISTS. OTHER THAN THAT WHAT LAWS ARE WE BREAKING? 


**REMINDER: DRIVING IS PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT AS IS CYCLING TOO**

NO ONE SAYS YOU HAVE TO DRIVE, DRIVING IS A CONVENIENCE

WHEN YOU'RE IN YOUR CAR OR BIKE WHETHER ITS ON A MONDAY OR FRIDAY YOU CAN EXPECT TRAFFIC/DELAYS/IDIOTS ON THE ROAD IN MIAMI (ESPECIALLY IN MIAMI)


YEPP
YEPP

IF WE STOPED AT EVERY RED LIGHT THE MASS WOULD JUST LAG AND GROW LONG HOLDING TRAFFIC LONGER FOR MOTORISTS. OTHER THAN THAT WHAT LAWS ARE WE BREAKING? 


**REMINDER DRIVING IS PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT AS IS CYCLING TOO**

NO ONE SAYS YOU HAVE TO DRIVE, DRIVING IS A CONVENIENCE

WHEN YOU'RE IN YOUR CAR OR BIKE WHETHER ITS ON A MONDAY OR FRIDAY YOU CAN EXPECT TRAFFIC/DELAYS/IDIOTS ON THE ROAD IN MIAMI (ESPECIALLY IN MIAMI)


Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

I like the way that Miamians are finally learning about people power and the power of protest by way of critical mass..

Sam Wright
Sam Wright

@Lam, We don't cause traffic, We are traffic! :)

Gudni Valsson
Gudni Valsson

Lam Nguyen what laws are they breaking? Calling a mass of people exercising their rights ignorant makes you ?

Yen Siskos
Yen Siskos

what a nightmare last time they came thru Ponce de Leon.

Jhon A Cornejo
Jhon A Cornejo

I hope to do so next month when my knees and back arent hurting me.

Jhon A Cornejo
Jhon A Cornejo

Miami Critical Mass is the last Friday of the month.

Lam Nguyen
Lam Nguyen

A bunch of ignorant people riding all over the roads and breaking all the laws? No thank you. They cause traffic and don't respect motorist that are obeying the laws.

Howard Green Montaque
Howard Green Montaque

So much fun and healthy too! That is if some typical Miami motorist maniac doesnt get you first.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Will traffic laws be respected like all others on the road should be doing?

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@Gudni Valsson  Traffic laws. This has been documented in the past, even by MNT.

taylorbhardy
taylorbhardy

@Lam Nguyen Nope sorry, we wait for the green light. We never cross on red lights

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