EDUCATION AND AWARENESSBicycle Safety Education
The City is developing programs to educate both bicyclists and motorists on bicycle safety and awareness issues. This will involve coordination with the Police Department, local schools and other nonprofit organizations. The City will be coordinating local education events such as Bike to Work Week and other monthly events, to promote bicycle safety and bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation. Community Bike Ride The City of Miami Beach organizes a free community bike ride for all ages, to be held the second Saturday of every month. The two-hour bike ride starts at the Miami Beach Bicycle Center, 601 5th Street at 9am. The Miami Beach Police Department provides an escort throughout the entire ride to ensure the safety of the riders. Riders are also allowed to ride at their own pace, which makes the ride safe for people of all ages and abilities. Pre-registrations are preferred but not required. The bike shop opens at 8:15 a.m., and every rider needs to register before each ride. Helmets are required during the ride. Bring your own bike and helmet, or rent a bicycle and helmet for the ride. Bike rentals are limited. Water will be provided. To pre-register or for more information, contact the Bicycle Coordinator at 305.673.7080.
All participants of the Community Bike Ride must sign a Liability Release Form. Liability Release Forms are provided at the ride, or can be downloaded here:
Liability Release Form – Adults Liability Release Form – Minors
Bike to Work WeekThe City of Miami Beach invites residents and visitors of Miami Beach to celebrate Bike to Work Week during the month of March. Bike to Work Week is a national event founded in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. Its purpose is to promote bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation and to recruit individuals as regular bicycle commuters. Bicycle commuting has many benefits- health, economical and environmental. For example, riding a bike to work rather than a car will reduce traffic congestion while limiting the amount of air pollution caused by the combustion of fossil fuels. As a bicycle commuter, you can also save time by combining your work commute with your daily exercise work-out. By riding your bike to work, you will no longer need to make time to exercise. The added health benefits are worth the ride! Economical benefits can also be realized, since the annual price of keeping an automobile running is at least $3000. The cost of running a bike for a year? Less than $300!
Bicycle Safety Camp
The City of Miami Beach organized a Bicycle Safety Camp to teach children basic bicycling knowledge needed to safely and confidently ride their bike. The camp was held at the North Shore Youth Center for two sessions: June 12-23, 2006; and April 2-13, 2007. The bike camp combined classroom discussions and activities with on-bike skills practice sessions along with several fun and exciting field trips to bike paths in the local area. The camp stressed bicycle safety and how to correctly drive a bike in traffic to prevent traffic accidents. Certified bicycle instructors and professionals in the field volunteered their time.