Critical Mass Returns Tonight for First Ride Since Deadly Rickenbacker Hit-and-Run

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A "ghost bike" hangs along the Rickenbacker Causeway in memory of Christophe Le Canne, who was killed in 2010.
Critical Mass returns to Miami tonight in what is sure to be an especially emotional ride.

Last week, a local cyclist was killed and another seriously injured in the latest hit-and-run on the Rickenbacker Causeway. The deadly accident was the fourth on the bridge linking downtown to Key Biscayne in the past eight years.

See also: Another Cyclist Killed in Rickenbacker Causeway Hit-and-Run


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Another Cyclist Killed in Rickenbacker Causeway Hit-and-Run

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Photo by C. Stiles
A "ghost bike" hangs in memory of Christophe Le Canne in 2010.

Update: The cyclist killed this morning has been identified as Walter Reyes. His cycling partner, Henry Hernandez, is in serious condition at a local hospital. Police say the driver fled the scene but later returned, and investigators are looking into whether he was intoxicated.

For cyclists around South Florida, this morning's news feed reads like a déjà vu nightmare. This morning, yet another cyclist has been killed by yet another hit-and-run driver on the bridge linking Virginia Key, Key Biscayne, and downtown Miami.

The latest death comes just months after a statewide law went into effect stiffening penalties for drivers who flee a fatal crash. It's called the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, and it's named for the last cyclist who lost his life to a hit-and-run driver on the Rickenbacker Causeway.

See also: Musician Carlos Bertonatti Charged In Fatal DUI Key Biscayne Crash; Bikers Outraged


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Citi Bike Forced to Relocate Brickell Racks Over Resident Complaints

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Courtesy of Citi Bike
In December, Citi Bike crossed the bridge from South Beach to the mainland and celebrated its 50 new stations with a party at Bayfront Park. Some residents in Brickell haven't been celebrating the arrival of the bike share, though.

In fact, so many residents complained about the 38-foot racks eating up scarce parking along the bay that the city commission is now forcing Citi Bike to tear up and relocate four new stations. Commissioners are also agitating for the county to offer its public land so less public parking is lost to the cycles.

Amid what advocates rightly proclaim as the bike share's notable success in the Magic City, the public fight is illuminating lingering tension between businesses and residents and the tourist-friendly program.

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Critical Mass Returns To Little Havana, Brickell Tonight

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Photo by Michael E. Miller
Happy Boxing Day, Miamians. Here's a chance to work off some of that holiday gluttony: Critical Mass, the monthly group bicycle ride, is back, with a 15-mile route tonight.

This evening the group ride begins downtown and heads west through Little Havana, then winds its way south to Coral Gables before looping back east and passing through Brickell. So drivers in that area, heads up.

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Miami Beach Police Gave Tickets To 108 Lincoln Road Cyclists in Two Days

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via Miami Beach Police Department
Joseph Gagliardo, a longtime South Beach resident, returned home last week from a long trip. As he had for years, he cycled from his home on the Venetian Causeway over to Lincoln Road. For a block or so he slowly pedaled east down the virtually empty mall, only to be suddenly stopped by a police officer.

The cop pointed to a small blue sign several feet away and high above Gagliardo's sight line. Then he politely issued him a $129 citation. Gagliardo was far from alone. In just the first two days of ticketing for the brand new offense, MBPD issued a total of 108 citations.

The city says it worked to educate residents about the change, but some longtime riders like Gagliardo complain the new signs are tough to spot. "It just says 'Pedestrian Friendly Zone', Gagliardo says. "It doesn't say 'It's illegal: You're going to get a fine.'"

See also: Miami Beach Bans Bikes on Lincoln Road, but Cyclists Ride On

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Critical Mass Heads West Into Coral Gables Tonight

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Photo by Michael E. Miller
Critical Mass, the monthly bike ride that takes over entire roads, happens to occur on Black Friday this month. At least fewer people are working today. Which is a good thing, unless, of course, you're coming home with a car loaded with shopping bags sometime after 7:15 tonight.

Tonight's ride, like all Critical Masses, will start at Government Center in downtown before taking a route through the southwest portions of the city and heading as far west as Ponce de Leon Avenue in Coral Gables. Take a look at the map below, and, drivers, plan to avoid the areas beforehand.

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Miami Beach Police Are Now Handing Out $129 Tickets To Cyclists on Lincoln Road

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New permanent signs prohibiting biking on Lincoln Road are being installed and police have been directed to start ticketing violators.
Last week Riptide reported on the new digital signs on Lincoln Road announcing that riding bicycles on the pedestrian mall is prohibited between 9 am and 2 am. But at that point, police weren't actually issuing citations to offenders of the rule passed a few months ago.

That changed yesterday, according to Miami Beach spokesperson Detective Vivian Thayer. Along with new, permanent signs on the Lincoln Road, cops have been directed to start handing out tickets.

See also: Miami Beach Bans Bikes on Lincoln Road, but Cyclists Ride On

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Miami Beach Bans Bikes on Lincoln Road, but Cyclists Ride On

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Photo by Trevor Bach
You can't miss them. The new signs, on Lincoln Road at Meridian and Washington avenues, are massive, and their message is loud and unambiguous. "NO BICYCLES ON LINCOLN ROAD," they flash in lighted block letters. "BICYCLES PROHIBITED 9 A.M. to 2 A.M."

The electronic signs went up a couple of weeks ago in response to a new city ordinance that was passed earlier this fall.

"We've had some favorable response from our police and code enforcement," says Miami Beach transportation director Jose Gonzalez. "They're very visible, the new signs. So it's always easier to enforce the law that way."

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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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