Miami critical mass going strong

Here is an article from the Miami Herald that shows how their monthly critical mass ride is improving cycling.

The monthly Critical Mass bike ride through some of Miami’s busiest streets has grown substantially over the summer and fall.

We are riding our bicycles right down the middle of Flagler Street at dusk, 180 or so strangers and I, and the feeling is slightly illicit and totally exhilarating.

Traveling in a solid mass, we occupy nearly the full width of the street, to the astonishment of a knot of early evening drunks outside an East Little Havana cafeteria who whoop and screech, in a mix of delight and derision, as cyclist after cyclist rolls by.

It’s safe to say they have never seen a spectacle quite like this, and neither has Miami.

We have taken to the road — actually, we have taken the road — in the monthly Miami Critical Mass ride, a festive display of cyclist power that has grown exponentially over the summer and into the fall.

On this sweltering Friday evening, we are traffic. By design, the sheer mass of cyclists keeps motorists at bay as the group follows a 15-mile circuit at a moderate pace through downtown Miami, Little Havana and into Coral Gables, then back downtown through Coconut Grove.

Read the whole article and see the video here.

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