Friday, October 09, 2009

Bicycle association honors South Floridians

The Florida Bicycle Association is honoring Mary Jane Mark, owner of Mack Cycle & Fitness in South Miami, for her long and active support of cycling beyond the needs of her own business. The store's outreach includes fun rides and a long-running triathlon series on Key Biscayne, plus participation in the National Bike Summit and aid to local bicycle advocates.

The association also recognized Miami Mayor Manny Diaz for his Bicycle Action Plan, and he and his aide Kathryn Moore for Bike Miami Days, the series of Sunday festivals that drew thousands of bicyclists, strollers and skateboarders onto downtown streets.

The Broward County Commission and Mayor Stacy Ritter were recognized for bicycle-friendly efforts reaching back to the 1980s, since when developers have been required to provide wide curb lanes on all new streets -- a farsighted decision that eased creation of 250 miles of on-road bicycle facilities. Just last year, Broward provided $30 million to start a countywide network of greenways.

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