Monday, March 25, 2019
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Why Exploring South Miami On Two Wheels Is Better Than Four

“I’ve gotten to enjoy my city with a new perspective because of this group — even after 27 years of living in Miami! Such a nice bunch.”

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“Excellent! Thank goodness we have this here in Miami – Loved it!! I wanna go Every Month now!!”

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“Hop on your bike! Ride with awesome people! See Miami the way it should be seen: by bicycle!”

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“Best time I had on 2 wheels in a long time!!!”

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Our fellow South Miamians are coming together through their love of all things adventure, excitement, socializing, the great outdoors and above all, our beautiful city.

These are just a few of the 5 star ratings left by our very enthusiastic neighbors who have joined Miami Critical Mass, a cycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month. Critical Mass has become a meet and greet fav amongst hundreds of our adventure seekers looking to change things up, meet new people, explore their city with new eyes and get some exercise all at the same time. Trading in their heels for sneakers, makeup for sweat, hair gel for caps and Ubers for bikes, we’re seeing more and more locals enjoying Miami’s Friday nightlife with a twist, rain or shine!

Lasting between 1-2 hours, this social riding experience starts at the Government Center where all riders meet around 6:30PM and by 7:15PM, everyone is saddled in and ready to hit the streets! If you’re thinking this sounds dangerous, don’t worry, you’re not a Debbie Downer, Negative Nancy or old fogy. Many riders, and even the Critical Mass folks themselves, share the same precautions and make it known that there are, in fact, rules of the road- stay in the right lane, don’t ride on the sidewalks, don’t drink and ride, have safety lights on the front and back of your bike…the list goes on and that’s a good thing!

Don’t let the thought of rule breakers stop you from enjoying this unique city tour. Critical Mass wants to keep you safe and keep you riding, and they do a damn good job at it.

Click here for all the deets and read more raving reviews from Miami Critical Mass lovers. Plus, RSVP for next Friday’s ride to join the fun!

Interested in learning more about riding in South Florida? Follow @MiamiBikeScene on Instagram visit TheMiamiBikeScene.com to see how other South Florida locals are taking to their bikes to explore our amazing city with a new perspective. I personally have gone on several bike adventures around town and never let my future hubby forget that it’s my favorite weekend activity! Become a part of exploring our amazing city in a whole new way. We may run into each other … hopefully NOT literally.

Wondering where to start? There are so many hidden gems around South Florida that could never be reached by car. Here are some of my favorite discoveries that I hope will kick start you’re riding adventures:

Cocoplum Circle to Matheson Hammock

Ride down the luscious green streets of Old Cutler and admire the massive beautiful homes that line the road. As an interior designer with an obvious home obsession, this part of the ride is my main reason for hopping on my two wheels. Ride straight into Matheson Hammock and catch a breather at “the round beach” behind Red Fish Grill.

Sunset Place to The Grove:

Ride through the rain forest-like streets of The Grove neighborhoods. Then, head to Coco Walk to people watch, window shop and grab a drink or snack at any of the café’s along the way.

The Grove down S. Bayshore Drive to Alice Wainright Park

This route will take you right along the water. Passing by Dinner Key Marina, Monty’s Raw Bar and Scotty’s Landing, you can take a peek at some of Miami’s finest “water toys.” Continue to David T. Kennedy Park where you can enjoy an infamous frosted lemonade from A C’s Icee truck, a permanent resident of the park since 1978! Take a quick detour and visit Labron Jame’s house, breeze through Viscaya Museum & Gardens for some historic views and get some fresh ocean air along the bay at Alice Wainright Park.

Coral Gables neighborhoods to the Granada Golf Course

Stroll the quiet neighborhoods of Coral Gables underneath hundreds of lush Ficus trees that line the front yards of stunning Spanish style homes. Then, take a ride around the Granada greens to catch some golfers in action.

Crandon Park to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

If you’re up for the challenge, start this ride off at the entrance of Key Biscayne and trek your way up the steep William M. Powell Bridge leading you into Crandon Park. Sounds tiring, but the view from the top is so worth it! Not to mention the ride down is seriously a blast. For the more relaxed ride, start off at Crandon Park and ride down the pristine City of Key Biscayne streets. Continue down to the very end of the island to find yourself surrounded by a beautiful beach complete with the Keys’ famous Cape Florida Lighthouse, and the perfect seaside dining experience at No Name Harbor.

Whether you’re joining the social scene with Critical Mass or enjoying a one-on-one relaxing adventure, biking through South Miami is a real treat. So, grab a buddy, or 30, and give your four wheels a break. Take in the open air, be sure to take all the proper precautions, use the handy dandy bike lanes, stay hydrated and most of all, enjoy our beautiful city. Because remember, we live where millions vacation!

 

Words by: Diana Quadreny, Miami Interior Desiner & Stylist. Explore her work & services at TheQuadd.com and follow along @thequadd_interiors

 

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