Critical Mass Returns to Downtown Miami Tonight

Categories: Bike Blog

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Michael Miller
Let's be honest: July was a crappy month for Miami. Bizarrely, the bad news seemed to arrive every Friday in this, the sweltering summer suck-hole of the year.

On Friday, July 4, a happy holiday became a horror show when four boaters died on Biscayne Bay. A week later, LeBron James announced he was heading back to Cleveland. And last Friday, we learned that South Florida mosquitoes are now spreading an unpronounceable, excruciatingly painful disease called chikungunya.

So in the interest of avoiding another Friday-in-July disaster, we present to you tonight's Critical Mass route. Drivers, be wary. Cyclists, strap on your helmets. Everyone else, cross your fingers.

See also: Miami Police Chief: Critical Mass Organizers Could Be Held "Liable" if Ride Continues

A month ago, Critical Mass's future seemed uncertain. Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa called a news conference to warn that "anarchists" had turned the spontaneous event into a "critical mess."

Orosa went so far as to warn that bikers could be ticketed and that Critical Mass organizers could be held "liable."

"We want Critical Mass to come to the table so we can have some organized events," Orosa said, "not a surprise 'let's go party and ride together.'"

It's unclear if police and cyclists ever had a powwow, but the June 27 jaunt went smoothly and order was apparently restored to Orosa's universe.

So Critical Mass returns. Tonight's ride will take cyclists 11.5 miles through downtown, Little Havana, and Coral Gables. Here is the route, courtesy of the Miami Bike Scene blog:

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Riders are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the route, bring road lights, and leave the boozing until after the biking is done. As usual, cyclists will meet at Government Center at 6:30 p.m. and start pedaling around 7.

Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes, have patience, or, better still, ditch the car and try cycling.

Whether you're on two or four wheels tonight, be safe. Let's make this Friday in July memorable for the right reasons.

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dylanjubis
dylanjubis

I can't fucking stand critical mass, bikers already hog the road on a daily basis & wonder why they get hit my cars when riding on big streets... this shit is POINTLESS.

Beach_Resident
Beach_Resident

Why these people won't do this on a Saturday or Sunday, instead of rush hour when working people are trying to get home, is absurd.   They would even have 2-3 times more people participate if on the weekend.  

Raymond Rodriguez
Raymond Rodriguez

It was a great ride, support from MD Police, definitely recommended. People need to stop the hate and ride more bike

Tammy Holtzhauer
Tammy Holtzhauer

Glad I have a life like most people who commented on here. Wish there was a point to Critical Mass. Doesn't seem like any of the band wagoners can give a good answer.

Marcelle Suarez
Marcelle Suarez

This sounds great in San Francisco....they follow rules! Unfortunately the 305 has no clue what rules are....

Will Wright
Will Wright

As someone that got hit by a car on my bicycle this week (thankfully I'm ok) I'll b there and all the cars can suck my ass

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

It means, assholes unite! on bikes!

Miguel Angel Gonzalez Cañas
Miguel Angel Gonzalez Cañas

Cristian Alvarez Contreras vino mi hermano de charleston este fin de semana. Maybe next month! Lo haz echo antes... Es bkn!

Lisa Gangadeen
Lisa Gangadeen

Kamili Kelly Sandra Paige no thank you! Still getting therapy from the trauma. \U0001f601 lol! Xo

Marcus Tan
Marcus Tan

I hope it rains on these domestic terrorists

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

^ exactly...1 day...and the day thats most congested and the fay that can cause thr most problems...soooooo if its "onlyy onee dayy" why dont yall ride in a SUNDAY..oh because yall aint organized enough to even process the thought. .thats right

Daniel Lopez-Recio
Daniel Lopez-Recio

It's one day out of the month people, ONE!!! stop being fucking losers and complaining.

Shayla Walsh
Shayla Walsh

^San Francisco actually does critical mass right.

Christy Foreman
Christy Foreman

I am all for Critical Mass , I used to ride with them on San Francisco , rules must be followed so what we are trying to say gets across. Don't need the ire of drivers, remember they are bigger than us..

Tony Saiz
Tony Saiz

Ulisses J. Otero Are we going?

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

They need to move that sht down to MY side of miami out by old cutler rd where theres an actual bike path ppl can take...but nooooo you guys arent up for that because that would require yall to actually RIDE your bikes..instead of just PRETENDING to ride while u pop ur cerbezas n talk shit wit ur pplz

Tori Bertran
Tori Bertran

Freaking massholes. I live in that neighborhood. :-(

Amanda Drewniak
Amanda Drewniak

And what about pedestrians? Forget about cars for a moment. You guys block pedestrian. You almost ran over a pregnant lady with a stroller trying to get home. What awareness does that bring? Beer gets thrown at pedestrians, your critical morons spit at pedestrians, the curse and tell at pedestrians. No awareness there.

Amanda Drewniak
Amanda Drewniak

Craig Chester you are responsible if you are blocking traffic on a Friday night during rush hour. People with green light have the right away and if your head is to far up your ass to stop guess who is responsible for your lack of respect for traffic laws. Not the drivers.

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

Lol I swear these critical mass bring out the most wanna be self righteous ppl ever...they act as if tjey have never driven a car and as if THATS THE PROBLEM..but only when its convenient for them..lol jokes

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Who is responsible for the twice daily automobile critical mass called 'rush hour' that delays thousands of people every single day in traffic jams due to incessant driver crashes and unnecessary driving? If you are upset over a bike ride, get over yourself.

Eddy Herrera
Eddy Herrera

Why isn't critical mass on Saturday or Sunday?

Amanda Drewniak
Amanda Drewniak

Lol Amaury Cedeno I have to laugh at your empty threat. You guys are people who can't even handle traffic laws. You're not organized enough to even pretend to be a threat. Bring real awareness to the cause instead of being unorganized morons first.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Was that English? Some it seemed like it was

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Because it won't bring attention to the "cause" whatever it may be.

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