Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Glorious bike weather, and events to exploit it

This is the time avid Florida cyclists live for. Temperatures and humidity have fallen, skies are mostly clear, and the snowbirds won't be here for a few more weeks. What a great time to go riding -- and have we got places to go!
  • Cutler Bay's fourth annual Hometown Harvest Ride, on Saturday, is a fine event for families with little kids. Sign up at 8 a.m. at 21869 SW 93rd Path.  There's no charge, and early registrants get a shirt.
  • The popular graffiti tour, organized by Olga Cano and friends at Emerge Miami, shoves off on Saturday at 10 a.m. from Metrorail's Allapattah Station, 3501 NW 12th Ave.  It's free, too.
  • There'll be free bike valet Saturday and Sunday at the ever-popular Fairchild Ramble, and arriving by bike earns you a $5 discount on your admission to the gardens. Thanks to Green Mobility Network for the service.
  • On Sunday, head for the Brickell neighborhood and the latest Bike Miami Day on Miami Avenue.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and this time, I encourage you to venture south of Mary Brickell Village, pick up the M-Path at SW 15th Road, cross the bridge at Metrorail's Vizcaya Station and visit Alice Wainwright Park in one of the prettiest little spots in town.  South of MBV you will have some motor traffic, but these are quiet streets and your ride will be rewarding. Please, be courteous to walkers! There'll be free bike valet at MBV.
  • There's the cross-state Stone Crab 160 on Saturday and Sunday. For this you pay in advance, but it's a benefit for foster children.
  • If you prefer your rides in the open country, think Florida City, where Robert is Here has just opened for the season. Have a smoothie for me, friends.

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