NYC’s historic Critical Mass is down to a few die hards, a smoldering shell of it’s once large former self but down the coast in Miami, the ride is packed with thousands and a few pro basketball stars.
Last Friday (11/30/12) was Critical Mass all over the world and in Miami, NBA heat star Dwyane Wade was a repeat customer, having such a fun time on the last one he decided to bring along, Lebron James and Mario Chalmers. Massive group bike ride with a couple thousand people, definitely a prescription for winning games.
Here is more from the Miami Bike Scene:
On Friday evening the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, and Mario Chalmers participated in Miami Critical Mass. They joined an estimated 2,000 local cyclists on a 20 mile ride through Omni, Edgewater, Upper East Side, North Bay Village, Miami Beach, Venetian Islands, and Downtown Miami. This marked the second time D-Wade came out to the community ride which is held on the last Friday of every month. Tonight the Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-89, during the post-game interview Wade mentioned the 20 mile bicycle ride and gave a shout out to Miami Critical Mass. He scored a season high 34 points and the Heat remain atop the Eastern Conference and perfect at home. Keep up the great work and thanks for helping create awareness towards the benefits of cycling!
Unfortunately for cyclists in Miami, things are far from perfect at home. Motorists are typically unaware of cyclist’s rights and/or show an appalling lack of respect towards us which is primarily why these community rides are essential. Here’s to better things in the future and safe streets for everyone.
Here is a video of a shout out to Critical Mass:
and here is a Miami CMers video from the November ride:
Yo, Brooklyn Nets? We got critical mass too.