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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

Categories: Bike Blog

via Miami Beach Police Department
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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Should DecoBike Make Helmets Easier To Get? Study Finds Increased Head Trauma Risk

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photo by Michael E. Miller
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

Categories: Bike Blog

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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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