Warning: Critical Mass Will Be Running Through Downtown Near Ultra Tonight

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If you're anything like us you probably appreciate the message of Critical Mass but have some really dark fantasies when you're in your car and get stuck in the traffic caused by the monthly bike event. The best way to avoid that is checking the route first and staying as far away as possible from the roads they'll be biking on.

Tonight's route comes with a twist. It runs a few blocks west of where Ultra Music Festival will be taking place in downtown, which will assuredly make the area even more of a traffic nightmare tonight.

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Leader of Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass Hit By Car While Biking

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Adam Sohn
When Adam Sohn came upon an accident scene on Oakland Park Boulevard on Thursday, January 2, he saw a messed­ up bicycle and an injured man on the ground. He took a few pictures and posted them to the Facebook page for Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass -- a movement of cycling activists who get together for a group bike ride once a month.

Critical Mass rides around the world sometimes attract thousands of riders; Fort Lauderdale's has boomed to several hundred.

It was only after Sohn posted the picture that he realized the injured man was Critical Mass ride leader Ray Strack.

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Axel Inostroza, World's Most Evil Driver, Arrested in Pompano for Paralyzing Bicyclist, Dumping Body

Categories: Bike Blog, El Jefe

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Broward Sheriff's Office
A Pompano Beach man hit a bicyclist, who landed in his rear window. The driver then continued two miles, dumped the rider -- who was still alive -- in the woods, and went home to sleep.

Axel Inostroza, 27, tried to hide his black 2003 Mustang from his girlfriend. He was arrested at 2 p.m. Monday at a Pompano body shop.

The biker, Craig Camlin, age 53, was found in a wooded area by a landscaping crew. He was taken to the hospital and will likely be paralyzed.

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Critical Mass Halloween Edition Tonight: Bring Your Costumes, Not Your Cars

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This costume might be a little too obvious.
Miami may not have headless horsemen haunting it, but our streets are pretty freakin' scary nonetheless. We've got zombies eating people's faces, sharks miraculously swimming our streets, and, of course, motorists driving like demons straight out of Hell.

So it seems fitting that tonight's edition of Critical Mass Miami will be in honor of Halloween. Ditch your car. Scarf some candy. And bring your costume. But please, be sure you can see out of that Walter White mask before boarding your bike.

Keep reading for tonight's route.

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SUV Backs Over Cyclist but Driver Escapes Punishment Because Cop Didn't Know the Law

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Yesterday afternoon, Carlos Dominguez and his girlfriend, Andrea Corrales, went for a bike ride. The couple headed toward a trail in North Miami, with Dominguez biking in the road and Corrales cycling on the sidewalk, where she felt safer.

They never made it to the trail. Instead, a black SUV backed into Corrales, knocking her violently to the ground and crunching her $2,000 bike. But it wasn't until a Miami-Dade Police officer showed up that the traffic accident turned truly absurd.

"He didn't ask her one question, he didn't check how she was, he didn't even check if the guy was intoxicated," Dominguez says of the cop. "Here in Miami, police treat cyclists as less than regular citizens."

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

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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


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Man Biking Across America for Charity Hit by Truck in Florida on His Way to Marlins Park

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via Facebook
Jacob Landis had a bike, a passion, and a cause. Since April, the 24-year-old Annapolis, Maryland resident has been biking across America to attend games at every single MLB park with the hope of raising $1 million to help children who need cochlear implants.

This past Saturday, he was on the final leg of his ride from Tropicana Field to Marlins Park when he was clipped by a tractor-trailer and left with a concussion. The driver of the semi didn't bother to stop, and Landis was taken to the hospital.

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Critical Mass Tonight: Here's How to Join the Ride, or Avoid It

Categories: Bike Blog

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In a town infamous for apathetic sports fans, Critical Mass is the exception. Almost no one is neutral when it comes to the monthly bike rides. You either love the last Friday of the month, or you hate it with the passion of a thousand burning South Florida suns.

Whatever your stance on the subject, you're better off knowing where and when the bike ride will take place. Click through for a map of tonight's Critical Mass.

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

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Critical Mass Reaction: Ranking Comments From Most Commonsensical to Batsh*t Crazy

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Michael E. Miller
This week's news story about Critical Mass argues that Miami cops and motorists need to get over their anger and support the monthly cycling event.

Many readers, um, disagreed, to put it politely. Some said they'd share the road when bikers stopped breaking the law. One swore he would pimp out his cars just to slaughter cyclists. It all goes to prove our point: We need to figure this shit out quickly, Miami, before someone else gets run over and killed.

Here are some comments from New Times readers, ranked from most commonsensical to craziest.

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

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

Categories: Bike Blog

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Michael E. Miller
An estimated 4,000 riders came out on Friday
As the light leaks out of the sky over downtown last Friday, mechanical gears squeak in the distance. Slowly, small groups begin to gather at Government Center. Before long, the groups swell into a crowd, then a swarm.

By 7:15 p.m., 4,000 people line NW First Street as if it's Tahrir Square. There are hipsters in tight jeans and tattoo sleeves, curvy Colombian women packed into spandex like sausages, and marching bands of Cubans in matching T-shirts. But instead of political placards, they've all brought bicycles. Instead of slogans, they offer sweat. Critical Mass is once again taking Miami's streets by storm.

Not everyone is happy about it, however. Motorists stranded in the sea of bicycles angrily blast their horns. Some try to push their way through the peloton. Meanwhile, half a dozen City of Miami cops lounge on their motorcycles at a gas station on the corner, not lifting a finger to rein in the riotous traffic.

See also:
- Photos: July's Critical Mass Miami
- Critical Mass Chaos: Cops Booed, Pelted With Objects After Arresting Ice-Cream Bicycle Chef
- Mt. Sinai Doctor Accused of Leaving Accident After Hitting Biker During Friday's Critical Mass


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