Monday, December 31, 2012

Ode to my Walmart Bike and Gainesville

Bike at UF
Bike at UF

Man I wish I had taken photos of all the bicycle corrals around the University of Florida campus back in the day in Gainesville, FL but I never did. Literally they were littered all over the place, spilling over into the walkways like some junk yard because there was never enough parking. Yes, you heard right, never enough "bicycle" parking somewhere in Florida. I could never find a space to shove my bicycle into around the student union center, the Reitz, and half the time I had to do some whacked-out aerobics to lift the bike over my shoulders past half a dozen fallen-over bikes to find somewhere to lock it to. Also, half of those bikes always had an "Abandoned" tag attached to it by the UPD. Beyond that, when I lived on campus, I could never find a spot in a bike rack outside my dorm either. When I lived on the first floor of Buckman Hall (one of the oldest dorms and on the Historical Registry), I would just haul my bike into my tiny apt, much to the bewilderment of my roommate. I would clean it every day because I was very obsessed with keeping the rust off. This was my baby and I depended on this bicycle to get me through the day. I did not have a car for 3 years at University. I would clean the rain off and re-oil and re-lube the chain and the spokes and the headset and other places I didn't know why but I just liked doing it so I'm pretty sure I overdid it. I even went as far as to buy a rain cover for it and 3 locks, because you know, bike theft was the biggest crime on campus.

This bike was nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary. It was $73 from Walmart and my parents bought it my freshman year before they left me there like an abandoned puppy, sobbing as I watched their van disappear down the road for the first time in my life. I was really into the 50's retro thing back then so I discovered "beach cruisers". These are super popular in Florida and feature big, white-walled fat tires and relaxed handlebars and chromed fenders. I really loved white-wall tires on old 50's cars so it was love at first sight. Back in 2004, Dirty Dancing Havana Nights came out and I fell into a 50's obsession for a couple years. Not just 50's, but the decadence of the era in Cuba in particular. I was fascinated with those last couple of years before, during, and after Castro's coup d'etat in 1959 when he kicked Batista, the former President and all of the "Yankees", out of Cuba to return Cuba to the people. Now Cuba is like a time capsule, the last vestige of fancy cars built for no reason other than showing off. They are called "cacharros" and have to be fixed by hand because they could not import parts anymore from any of the American manufacturers due to the subsequent embargo. Everything they needed had to be reverse-engineered and re-crafted. It's really a marvel how they have kept these relics going. Before the coup, Americans would bring them over in droves on ferries from the Keys and there they have stayed ever since.

So to get back to the bike, I was instantly attracted to this baby-blue white-walled beauty and for $73, my parents couldn't say no. I mean, I needed a bike! The campus is enormous and there was just no way for me to get to all my classes on time walking or taking the campus buses. They elected not to bring my bike from home because their van was filled with my other living necessities crapola. I had a love-hate relationship with that old bike and why was something I would not understand until much later. It is (still have it...it's hanging in their garage) like a mountain-hybrid-sporty-women's-style-crap bike (also from Walmart I presume). The seat is absolutely atrociously terrible, and it has no fenders so mud would shoot up my back. This is also because the town we moved to from NYC, Port St. Lucie (aka the Pizzle aka Port St. Shithole, etc. etc.) really did not have sidewalks for many many years. So it was either ride on a 2-way 45mph road or in a super wide shoulder in the mud. Fenders were not a concept I understood from age 11-18. I used to ride miles through disconnected stupidly engineered Florida suburbia neighborhoods. It took me an hour to go 4 miles. However...and I do mean however, this bike, being built for MOUNTAINS, was great when I decided to ride through the woods. Lots of kids in the neighborhoods with nothing better to do would carve these trails and forts in the middle of wooded lots and I'd go riding through them and it was fabulous. For this purpose, the bike was fun. For commuting at school, I am glad they left it at home. It did have a dynamo light system though! My dad knew about these and bought some cheapo crappo one from Sears but it worked! So go figure.

I rode my new beach cruiser for all 4 years of college, even when I finally got a car my senior year. I purposefully moved to an apartment close to campus so I could forever leave my car without paying for a parking decal at school. If you don't know this, parking at UF is awful. Driving through campus is even worse because they actively speed check everywhere. Car use is so much discouraged there that I cannot compare it to anywhere else in Florida, not even at any other university, now that I am looking at this retrospectively. They try to take away parking as much as possible and lower the speed limit so you're barely crawling. Because of this, nobody gets hit by cars and there are no traffic jams, no choking smog, no honking, no parking wars, none of that. It's an oasis to pedestrians and bicyclists. Part of the Gainesville Bus system runs through campus continuously, so really that's the only traffic going by.

Gainesville is located in North Florida and in the middle of the state so winters are actually really cold, and summers are brutally hot because you don't get much of the sea breeze being so far inland. Leaves fall off all the trees around December and dogwoods and azaleas start blooming in February. During winter, temperatures regularly fell into the teens and low 20s. I rode my bike actively through all of that. I rode this bike carrying art paintings, canvases, a portfolio, and things flapping in the wind like sails. I was an art major so I had a lot of stuff to carry and I had a lot of inertia. I didn't have a rear rack but I did have the cheapest possible basket I could find (also at Walmart – Note: boon to poor students). I would throw my laptop in there and carry all of my art supplies on both handlebars. I also did not have a bell so I had to yell a lot at people to get out of the way. UF had these bike lanes that go up this hill next to our football stadium (Ben Griffin) on a road called, naturally, Stadium Drive. It was a very steep slope, this hill, and also footed a lot of the bus traffic that would stop at like this bus congregation depot-type area that used to be the former student union. It was up the hill and then the road would curve to the left to continue on till it exited campus. Well on that curve area were these raised concrete curbs that separated car and cycle traffic from the bus lanes where the buses could park and wait. Lots of students walking around not paying attention because they are too busy texting would walk in these closed-in paths with these curbs instead of on the sidewalks where they belonged. Then you have me on a bike with huge loads balancing off both handlebars screaming at them to get out of the f*n way because I couldn't get out of the lane once in it and stopping would have been a disaster. Constant scenario every day. None of them ever made me crash. But on my birthday one year, my cheapo basket decided it wanted to fall off my bike and into my front tire, sending my laptop, me, and the bike spilling all over the cobblestones in front of Turlington Plaza, where the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is located, around 8am. Luckily not many people were around. There's a giant rock statue in front that looks like a potato and one year someone dressed it up as Mr. Potato Head. Apparently it's the largest single piece of stone dug up in the area so they decided to display it or something. My laptop survived intact, if you're wondering. It had a nice dent in the corner but Mac laptops are designed to freeze the hard drive if it encounters impact so everything was saved.

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My poor bike had this basket carve the paint off of the headset so I attempted to remedy it with some electrical tape that I found somewhere. I also had the chain fall off many times that I had to stop in a neighborhood on my way to school (after I moved off campus), flip it upside down, and try to get the chain back on. Sometimes passerbys would kindly help me. Aside from the wonders of fenders that I finally discovered from riding through puddles and rain, a new problem began to plague me with bicycles: the chainguard. While my stupid mountain-hybrid-whatever bike had a derailleur, this bike was a one-speed with a rudimentary chainguard that only covered the top portion. This means the bottom was open and so I had ruined many a pants by the time this era came to a close. I didn't have clamps and no I did not think too much about it to actually care to come up with a solution so, my fault on that. However this did stick in my memory and surfaced again when I discovered the Dutch bicycle concept of a fully covered chainguard. My bike did have to be serviced occassionally and luckily near the student union center, the Reitz, was located a free bicycle repair shop operated by students volunteering their time. These wonderful souls filled up my tires constantly and fixed squeaky noises and fixed my front rim once. They had to do this because of a collision I had with a trash can. Why on Earth did I collide with a trash can of all things? Well here is one of the perils of riding on the sidewalk with pedestrians: you can't predict where they are going to go. You think "Oh, I have plenty of room to pass" but then they suddenly veer left and OMG to avoid hitting them you careen into the next best thing, an immovable object like a trash can. I know that girl and I still hate her to this day because of her piss-ass attitude about the whole debacle. And I still hate sidewalk cycling. It never occured to me at that point that I could ride in the street. I thought the weirdos who did that were lunatics with a death wish. This was before I ever discovered urbanism or really cycling in general. This was the viewpoint from the most innocent of bicycle users – I relied on my bike for transportation and not to show cars that bikes belong. I just wanted to get from Point A to Point B without worry. Campus provided this. The rest of Gainesville did not on any of its infrastructure. I did not even know about any of the cycling trails that my roommate senior year was always riding on and he was actually on the UF Cycling Team! Now I wish I would have tried the Hawthorne Trail with him but I just did not care about cycling as a recreational activity. It was active transportation for me. For me recreation was hopping in someone's car and taking a drive out to Ichetucknee Springs or something, which was a popular summer weekend past-time for the locals. Northern Florida is chock-full of clean, freshwater springs with clear-blue water and lots of lazy rivers to tube on. I heard a similar story from Copenhagen– that for residents there, recreation is taking a drive and not riding a bike. Copenhagen, meet Gainesville.

Gainesville does suck for cycling. I have no clue if it got better since I left in 2008 but there were always stories plastered on the news of some cyclist getting smeared all over the road on 34th street or on Archer. Near campus, the closest Publix was like a 5 min drive away. On a bike, it was like half an hour because they do not upkeep their sidewalks at all. Cracks, dents, tree roots, etc. My roommate used to skateboard to class on these sidewalks, bless his soul, and would come back looking like Mike, the LSU Tiger, chewed up his legs because he collided with a crack or an acorn that sent him flying. It also makes for a terrible bicycle ride.

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This happens when sidewalks suck.

However, even back then, I exuded total Cycle Chic-ness riding in mini skirts and dresses to school and not ever caring because for me it was normal. There was nothing socially-changing about it nor was there anything so contradictory as to ellicit any sort of attention about it. That was the norm. Here in West Palm Beach and elsewhere, it is not the norm and I do ellicit attention, for better I think, and not for the worse.

At the close of the spring semester of 2008, I graduated the University of Florida with a Bachelor's in Art in Graphic Design. I sold all of my furniture and etc. and also had to sell my beloved bicycle that was there with me through good times and bad, through thick and thin, and who I managed to keep mostly rust-free due to my anal attentiveness. I remember how I diligently used to lock it up–pushing my $10 cheapo Walmart U-lock through the front wheel, frame, and post, and using another lock to lock the seat to the rear wheel to the post. Nobody ever messed with it. I remember how, in the rain, the foam handle grips would make squishy noises and I could squeeze the water out of them by gripping tight. I also would forget a lot to cover the seat with a plastic bag so I would ride home with a soaking butt. Then at home, I would spend 15 minutes wiping it dry out of pure love.

This bike was my car, it was my transportation, my buddy, my reliable friend, and it came from Walmart. It lasted 4 years with no discernible problems and went through a lot of abuse. Here is my ode to my pal whom I still miss and who I credit with founding my continued love of cycling and subsequent trolling into the depths of urbanism and discovering cycling around the world, and by accident, Cycle Chic. If anyone ever has a chance to experience Gainesville and the University of Florida campus for cycling, they would understand how comparable it is to the likes of Amsterdam and Copenhagen. They even had a tunnel going under a busy arterial, 13th street, that allows pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross with no impediment!! Go Cycle Chic. And Go Gators. Peace Out.

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This is that underground tunnel. Usually covered in graffiti.

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Cars are always in the bike lanes anyway. On another note, pink sewer caps.


http://sustainable.ufl.edu/transportation/
http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/communities/bfc_gainesville.php
http://www.sg.ufl.edu/News/tabid/126/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/71/Free-Bike-Repair-Has-Moved.aspx

Here's some photos I pulled off Google for better bike parking shots:
I lived here – Weaver hall – millions of bike parking spots

Imagine this x100 and that's the core campus parking
Quiet cycling street
Also lived here – Buckman Hall

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mobility-Friendly WPB

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Sometimes Florida can't decide if it wants to be hot here or cold. We've been getting several cold snaps and rapid warm-ups. It's hard to pick what to wear! One thing is for sure: WPB is definitely mobility-friendly in the winter time more than any other time of the year. Even Santa chooses to come in on a jet-ski!

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Two of our dedicated Downtown Neighbors and urbanists, Jesse and Linnea, cycling down our Waterfront shared path–best protected and beautifully landscaped path to get North and South in Downtown West Palm Beach
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We like to use bicycles as advertisements on busy intersection corners
 

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Our bike taxi drivers are in the holiday spirit

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Ok it was really cold that night. Like lower 40s. My bicycle was a bic-icle.

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Santa promotes alternative transportation options

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Happy Sea-Suns!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Light Rail Coming to Tampa Bay



The only light rail the Tampa Bay Area has known, at least in this century, is the TECO Streetcar. The 2.4 mile system serves mostly tourists in Ybor City and Channelside. I didn't get the opportunity to ride on it when I was downtown but it was really fun watching the little yellow streetcars pass by on a timely basis. This is the only streetcar light rail system in the whole state if you don't count Miami's Metromover because tracks are not built into the street. 

To summarize the recent Tampa Bay Times news article, in 2010, Hillsborough County voters rejected a proposed sales tax hike to pay for investment in mass transit, specifically light rail. In an unexpected turn, a new poll shows a comfortable majority supporting the project. The result is even stronger in Pinellas County and in communities near the rail line. People who were surveyed, who are transplants from other metropolitan areas, say that for the size of its metropolitan areas, Florida severely lags 10 years behind. In Hillsborough County, 56% said yes to spending public tax money to bring light rail MASS (keyword mass) transit to the Tampa Bay Area. Pinellas County saw 60% in favor. Respondents noted that absence of mass transit contributed to the disadvantage the region has in attracting jobs. 


Tampa Rail Proposed

Modelled after Phoenix's

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Past proposed routes

The cost to operate the trains and maintain the equipment, tracks, and stations would range from $8 million to $20 million per year.  Florida is getting there finally. Looking forward to all of the new developments! In 2010, plans were for a 46 mile network massively connecting Hillsborough County to move people around the University of South Florida throughout the rest of the county with light rail lines and doubling the bus system with a 1¢ sales tax hike. Opponents shot it down due to its scale, that the area was just not ready for such an ambitious project. Now in 2012, a revamped and much smaller scale project with a half cent sales tax increase is winning over the public. According to Tampa Bay Online:
"We found that in 2010 voters decided it was just not the right time to raise taxes and that 1 cent was too much," said Beth Alden, the MPO's assistant director. "We thought, 'Let's scale it back do something more modest.' " 
The 12-mile rail line could cost between $240 million and $475 million, or $20 million to $40 million a mile. The 2010 light rail project turned down by voters was estimated to cost upwards of $800 million, or more than $60 million per mile.
A major cost savings would result from using equipment heavier than traditional light rail but lighter than conventional commuter rail cars. The heavier equipment would meet federal guidelines allowing the rail system to use CSX freight tracks, though a deal with CSX still would have to be worked out."

We'll see how it goes. Opponents still to the light rail want to invest more in rapid bus transit. In my opinion, rapid bus does not bring the stability and permanence that actual rail brings. Rail is a physical change to infrastructure that has a huge up-front cost which is why so many are against it. However, there's a different attitude towards riding rail than riding a bus. I'm more pro-rail than bus because I feel rail is much more efficient over time and I come from cities who have a thorough mass transit system that includes rail. Even Bogotá in Colombia, which catapulted the rapid bus system Transmilenio as a shining star example of a great bus system, is building now a rail system as it just can't keep up with the mass transit demand. Buses are a good complement rather than a solution. The two should go hand-in-hand. When I went to Tampa earlier this year for a friend's wedding, I was appalled at the lack of transit in the area as well. As a tourist, you want to be able to get by without a car. It's almost impossible to do this efficiently with the regular bus routes if you plan on going anywhere other than downtown, aka to Busch Gardens. We were planning to catch a bus to Busch Gardens but ultimately decided to drive our rental car there and suck it up and pay the parking. Driving in downtown and finding parking is also a nightmare. We looked at Amtrak seriously but because they only run once a day and at a weird middle-of-the-day schedule, we did not have enough time to get to the station and get to the hotel to change and make it in time. It was so stupid. And if anything happened en-route, we would miss the wedding entirely. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Trains Trains Trains


Florida is a great state to ride a bicycle in. Year-round warmth, sun, and relative flatness makes cycling pleasant and relaxing. We are almost at sea-level, comparable to the Netherlands, yet cycling here is a byproduct of decades of campaigning and relegating bicycles to the "sports and recreation" sectors of society. Coupled with our own construction of suburban communities and subsequent car culture, South Florida has garnered one of the worst reputations in the whole country for injuries by motor vehicles. We have the worst traffic jams and worst attitudes on the road. But we are slowly starting to see change. I-95 is at capacity and trains are starting to make a comeback, linking cities along the coast and allowing for truly urban living. Anyways, in my opinion, whoever moves to Florida and doesn't want to live near the coast is beyond my comprehension.

Yesterday, the Florida Department of Transportation just announced acceptance of leasing of right-of-way along the 528 corridor linking Cocoa Beach to Orlando to All Aboard Florida for them to lay miles of track to start their Miami to Orlando route. The rest of the route in South Florida already exists so they are saving money and fast-tracking the project by using the existing FEC corridor. Hopefully one day they will link to other parts of Florida. On one hand I was extremely upset the high-speed rail was cancelled when Governor Rick Scott took office. So much money had been poured into it already. On the other hand, I thought the initial Tampa-Orlando phase was backwards. It's the Miami-Orlando route that is the longest and most needed. Amtrak with its once-a-day slow service was terribly inefficient. In order to get rail accepted, just like cycling, it needs to be made efficient. There was enough commotion caused by the high-speed rail debacle that a private company stepped up and readied to fill the niche.


All Aboard Florida has already bought this parcel of land in Downtown West Palm Beach for the station, which they're studying now for potential road closings in order to accomodate the train platform. It's a delapidated property belonging to Sewell Hardware whose contract ends at the end of this year and hopefully the station will be a catalyst to spur new development to better link CityPlace with the Clematis district. This station will also serve as the new Tri Rail's Coastal passenger rail's station which will link every downtown along the FEC tracks from Jupiter to downtown Miami. 


Map below is the projected rail lines that are going to be set up around South Florida. Yellow is the current Tri-Rail line, orange is the FEC line, and the blue and green lines are hypothetical express commuter trains running on a higher frequency.



Tri Rail is purchasing new locomotives for the Fast Start Plan to bring back passenger service on the FEC line. The current Tri Rail locomotives are very old, noisy, stinky, and polluting. The new locomotives are Brookvilles and here is the info from their site:


South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA)has selected
Brookville Equipment Corporation to supply 10 new BL36PHcommuter locomotives. This new modern fleet of locomotive power willdrastically reduce fuel consumption and emission levels along with increasingsafety for Tri-Rail and its passengers. You can expect to see these locomotivesrunning along the 72 mile South Florida Rail Corridor in the fall of 2012. Inaddition to the base order, the contract has an option for 17 additionallocomotives. The locomotive will be manufactured in Brookville,Pennsylvania.   
Since Tri-Rail’s inception in 1989, servicing commutersfrom Miami to Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, this will be the first purchaseof completely new locomotives. The BROOKVILLE BL36PH locomotives areconstructed with a modern all-steel aerodynamic nose and a semi-monocoque frameallowing for a lightweight and safe locomotive.

SFRTA’s new BROOKVILLE commuter locomotives will be thecleanest and most environmentally friendly locomotives to enter passengerservice in North America. They will be powered by a single MTU 20V4000engine producing 3620 horsepower. These locomotives will be the first EPA Tier3 certified passenger locomotives operating in the US. In more technical terms,the Tri-Rail BL36PH locomotives will offer a decrease in visible smokeemissions along with a 32% decrease in NOx, 55% decrease in particulate matter,a 70% reduction in hydro carbons, and 70% decrease in carbon dioxide emissionover SFRTA’s existing locomotives. The new BROOKVILLE locomotives will also have tremendousfuel savings of 20-35% over Tri-Rail’s existing fleet. The advanced engineallows an idling locomotive to operate on half of the engine’s 20cylinders. This allows the locomotive to actively manage the fuelconsumption to a mere impressive 1.65 gallons per hour. The locomotivealso features an automatic engine start/stop that will shut down the mainengine when the locomotive is sitting idle for extended periods between runs.The system is programmed to restart the locomotive automatically to ensure thatthe locomotive is ready for service at a minutes’ notice.

The BL36PH locomotives control system is built around acentral locomotive computer, supplied by TMV Control Systems, that communicateswith the other locomotive systems such as the traction motors and air brakesystem. This next generation locomotive control system will offer “real time”data providing onboard diagnostics and troubleshooting increasing in-servicetime of the locomotive.  

Positive Train Control (PTC) on passenger locomotivelines will be mandatory 2015 and these BROOKVILLE locomotives have fullprovisions for a PTC system when the Tri-Rail implements it into theirfleet. This is another benefit that SFRTA will utilize when complying withthese new federal laws aimed at making rail travel safer. Safety and comfortfor the operator of these new locomotives will be provided from the desk styleoperator’s console located in the crashworthy cab built to comply with thecurrent federal standards for locomotive crashworthiness. The operatorwill have improved cab ergonomics, as well as, better visibility from threelarge front and two side windows with less blind spots. All aspects ofoperator comfort and locomotive safety have gone into the design of these newBROOKVILLE locomotives.  

This new modern fleet of BROOKVILLE locomotive power will improvesafety, drastically reduce fuel consumption and emission levels for Tri-Railand its passengers. BROOKVILLE products are custom designed to the highestengineering standards for quality, safety, and environmentalresponsibility. The locomotives are meant to augment and improve theTri-Rail fleet, allowing a more efficient movement of passengers along theSouth Florida Rail Corridor.

How long this will all take to set up is anyone's guess. All Aboard Florida is hoping to be running by 2015 so I suspect they have the similar time table with these local new trains. New stations will have to be built so that's all time and money. I know I would never drive to the Gardens Mall ever again if I can take a train up to PGA Boulevard. I would be quite excited just for this feat! The All Aboard Florida should hopefully link up to the Orlando International Airport and create an intermodal center that would link up to Central Florida's new commuter rail Sunrail, which is under construction now. The cabs are being built in Philadelphia and are being delivered soon.



Monday, December 17, 2012

Sea-Sun's Greetings!


Sea-son's Greetings
CityPlace Snow Days
Clematis Street Holiday Lights
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Christi's fashionable and always Bicycle and Dog friendly shop, Runway Boutique, which embodies the definition of "Cycle Chic" with its customers! My bike is famous now LOL.

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Wonderful parking and people watching at the Paris Bakery Cafe

Sunday, December 9, 2012

ARTcycle and Art Miami

This week was big in South Florida for the internationally renowned Art Basel event in Miami. Events around the city supporting the arts were put on by multiple organisations and one of these events decided to tie in two disciplines that never come together usually: art and bicycles with the intention of promoting an awareness for safer streets. We took our bikes down on Tri Rail to the Miami MetroRail to get to the design district area where this particular art was being held: ARTcycle. The Miami Design District (also known as Wynwood) used to be a delapidated neighborhood of warehouses and shady activities. Now it's a rejuvenated and hip art community that houses many resident artists and their studios. Many fancy galleries have sprung up to support these artists and they have nice Open Gallery walks about once a month. Every year for Art Basel (which is conversely held in Miami Beach), Wynwood comes alive with its own art festivities.

"ARTcycle was created to raise awareness for riders and drivers promoting wellness and safer streets through an active lifestyle while supporting the arts. ARTcycle friends donated 15 bicycles that were given to artists who used them to create sculptures and installations. ARTcycle art bikes are exhibited during Art Basel art days, December 6-9, 2012 in 11 locations throughout Wynwood in Miami. You may see all the art bikes any day, all day long, or you may join us on your bicycle for our daily ARTcycle tours departing from Fountain Art Fair at noon. Art bikes will then be auctioned during the ARTcycle Auction event in February 2013. Funds raised will support Green Mobility Network's Safe Streets Miami educational programs, and ultimately, reducing the number of bike-related accidents and fatalities that occur in our city. For more info and art bikes sale price, please contact info@art-cycle.org or call 786-488-8867"

It took us a while to get to the area because we wanted to take a much longer, scenic (safer) route because it's west of Downtown and in a run-down area. Miami got one thing right in all its troubled public transportation in allowing universal access for bicycles between Tri-Rail, MetroRail, MetroMover, and its bus system. The MetroMover is a wonderful free overhead autonomous people mover light rail that floats above the Downtown and weaves intricately through enormous condos and skyrises.

Metro Mover Miami

ARTcycle started its free bike tour at noon to showcase and highlight the artists involved and their causes. We had a wonderful time seeing this all up close and descriptive and I want to thank the wonderful artists and advocates involved in this event for putting it on. I think its a great idea and really helps promote the cause to make streets safer for everyone, which is a very big problem in Florida as a whole.

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Heineken-sponsored DecoBike stations

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Ample parking in the bike valet

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Hey another Dutch bike! :)

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Wutevz...

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Against marine mammal captivity and circus acts

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