Critical Mass Tonight: Watch Out for Cyclists Wearing Halloween Costumes

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If you see ghosts and goblins flying around town tonight, don't be alarmed. Demonic spirits haven't slipped out of Hell and stolen hipsters' fixies. Instead, it's just a special Halloween edition of Critical Mass.

That's right. The year's most frightening holiday happens to fall on the last Friday of the month, and Critical Mass organizers have encouraged cyclists to don costumes. There will also be a free party for the peloton in Wynwood.

Bikers be brave. Drivers beware. And vice versa.

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Here's a Map of Where Miami's DecoBike CitiBike Stations Will Be Located

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The Miami Beach bike-sharing program formerly known as DecoBike will finally expand across the bridge to the city of Miami in November, but the expanded service area isn't the only thing changing. Thanks to a sponsorship from CitiBank, the service will now be known as CitiBike, which is also the name of New York City's similar service. Both cities will also get new three-speed bikes.

That's exciting, but of course the news everyone wants to know is where the bike stations will be located in Miami. Well, here's your first map, showing 750 bikes (compared with Miami Beach's 1,000) spread across 75 stations throughout the city.

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Should DecoBike Make Helmets Easier To Get? Study Finds Increased Head Trauma Risk

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DecoBike, Miami Beach's 3-year-old bike-share program, has been a stirring success, with more than 1.5 million rides logged on the blue-and-silver cruisers just last year. But spend half an hour watching cyclists zipping around South Beach and you're about as likely to spot a bear on a unicycle as you are a rider wearing a helmet.

Is there a risk to putting thousands of riders on the road without pushing more of them to wear safety gear? One new study suggests that yeah, there might be.

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Critical Mass Returns to Miami Beach Tonight as Mayor Levine Warns Police Are on Alert

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The Venetian Vuelta only happens a couple of times per year.
If your Friday night plan was to skip traffic and sneak across the Venetian Causeway to Miami Beach, you might reconsider. The narrow, two-lane toll road will host this month's tour de Critical Mass.

It's the first time in five months that Critical Mass will cross the causeways and maneuver its way up Miami Beach.

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Critical Mass Tonight: Brickell Better Get Ready for Some Bicycles

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Michael E. Miller
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

LeBron is gone. No longer will we have wet dreams about attending Critical Mass and spotting King James next to us in the peloton.

But Miami's monthly bike celebration continues without him. Tonight's ride will take cyclists 11.5 miles along Calle Ocho, across Coral Gables, and back through Brickell. Bros in their Bugattis best beware.

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Geographically Challenged Biker Wreaks Havoc in Key Largo on a Purple Motorcycle UPDATED

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Wednesday evening, a cop in Key Largo saw two motorcycles whiz by on Overseas Highway at more than 100 mph. The cop, Dep. Brian Cross, decided it was too dangerous to pursue the two bikes, so he radioed an alert instead. Half an hour later, one of the motorcyclists attracted attention again -- by crashing his purple bike through a gate at the Ocean Reef Club, an exclusive Key Largo community with its own airport and golf course.

According to police reports, Jorge Gabrie, the 27-year-old driver of the purple motorcycle, pulled up to the community gate and was told by a security guard that he wasn't allowed to enter the property.

Then Gabrie said, "Fuck this -- I'm going home," and drove through anyway, breaking off part of the gate.

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Critical Mass Returns to Downtown Miami Tonight

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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

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Architect Wants to Change Rickenbacker From Highway Into Urban Park

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For a road that leads to a sparsely developed island sitting just north of a national park, the Rickenbacker Causeway has all the charm of an anonymous highway. A string of accidents, often deadly, have called attention to the fact drivers often zip through the road like it was I-95 even though speed limits on certain stretches are as low as 25 mph.

Well local architect Bernard Zyscovich has come up with a radical idea to redevelop the road so that he has more of a vibe of a park that just happens to have a road running through it rather than a raceway.

See also: Venetian Causeway Is Closed Again Thanks To Broken Drawbridges

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Miami's Critical Mass Runs Smoothly, Looks Here to Stay After a Week on the Brink (Video)

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Thousands of riders met at Government Center before the 13-mile ride began at 7:15 p.m.
After an ominous news conference from Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa and plenty of online speculation about whether cyclists would begin facing fines and police crackdowns at Critical Mass, Friday's ride went surprisingly smoothly.

During the 13-mile route through the city, bikers rode through red lights in large groups as usual. But contrary to Orosa's complaints, the vast majority of children wore helmets, and there were no beer vendors in sight.

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

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Will Cops Ticket Riders at Tonight's Critical Mass? "Maybe, Maybe Not"

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Just two days after Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa called Critical Mass a "critical mess," the suspected organizer of the monthly bicycle rides is asking that cyclists please be responsible and ride safely.

"Riders should act accordingly and try to correct all the criticisms mentioned by the police earlier this week," said Rydel Deed, founder of the Miami Bike Scene, a website that posts the routes for Miami's Critical Mass, in a statement Friday morning.

In a statement Friday morning, Deed asked that cyclists "be courteous to everyone in the community."

See also: Here's the Route for Friday's Critical Mass in Miami

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