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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Photo by Sabrina Rodriguez
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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Here's the Route for Friday's Critical Mass in Miami

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Photo by Michael E. Miller
A day after Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa called the monthly Critical Mass bike ride a "critical mess," the route for this Friday's ride has been released. Though it occasionally detours into other neighboring cities where police have had a friendlier approach, such as Miami Beach and Coral Gables, this route notably stays completely within the city of Miami.

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

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Miami Police to Hold News Conference to "Address" Critical Mass

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Photo by Michael E Miller
Update: At the conference, Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa says he believes Critical Mass has become a "critical mess."

It may be the end of the era for Critical Mass Miami. City of Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa has called a news conference for tomorrow at 10 a.m., saying in a statement, "It is critical to address Critical Mass."

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

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Florida Is One of the Most Dangerous Places in America to Ride a Bike, Study Says

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Ghost bike memorials, like this one to cyclist Christophe LeCanne in 2010, have become all too common in Miami.
You might want to just stay in your SUV forever, Miami. Days after a study found that Florida cities dominated the list of America's deadliest for pedestrians (with the Magic City clocking in fourth place), a new report has been released on the most dangerous locales in the U.S. for cyclists.

Yep, the stats show that the Sunshine State is a terrifyingly deadly place for the two-wheeled set.

See also: Miami Ranked Fourth Most Dangerous Metro for Pedestrians

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Miami Man Offers Heat Ticket in Exchange for Stolen Bike, or Two Tickets for Thief's Arrest

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LeBron knows a thing or two about biking.
Last Friday, Chris Underhill's bike was stolen. He had taken a cousin from out of town to Mary Brickell Village, only to find his chain cut and his Giant Escape true to its name: gone.

Underhill underwent the usual stages of stolen bike syndrome: disbelief, anger, and despair. He filled out a police report, posted a notice online, and began saving for another bicycle. But then he crunched the numbers. The bike was worth more to him than the pittance a petty thief could get for it. So he decided to make an offer: a Miami Heat playoff ticket to whomever returns the bike.

Even the thief.

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