I'm an IT consultant by trade... I travel to my clients, all over Miami-Dade county. Most people don't seem to 'get' that I do so by bicycle and by choice. Generally cycling is my zen, my chance to be one with the world. Unfortunately plenty of drivers are intent on making me one with the road - literally.

Watch these close brushes with death and dismemberment. See what I see, or sometimes (through the rear cam) what I don't see... thats even scarier. I've had more than my fair share of close calls, usually someone being too busy texting, calling or putting on makeup to notice that there is a vulnerable vehicle right near them

Often it's an uneducated driver that have mistaken the local public roads for the Homestead Miami Speedway. How dare a cyclist be on the road?! Why aren't you in the bike lane? Umm, there isn't one or don't you see that car parked in it? Once in a while its a truly homicidal maniac who has no regard for human life. Cyclists will understand - this happens all the time. Drivers don't respect the destructive power of the weapon they wield

Yes, weapon… have you ever had someone step on the gas, with the sole intention of running you over?! I have. All I can hope is that non-cyclists see these videos, and maybe as a result are a little more careful next time they see a bike out of the corner of their eye. All I really want is to live to bike another day

Is that really too much to ask?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Help make Miami Beach a "Bicycle Friendly Community"

You know what I love about Miami?  The weather.  Year round we have the most incredible weather.  Sunny and warm almost all of the time.  It's also flat here.  The biggest hills we have are the various bridges.  And the scenery!  It's such a beautiful area.  Especially with all those beautiful views of the beaches, the bay and some beautiful architecture.  Beautiful weather, and beautiful, flat routes... it sounds like the perfect place to bicycle!  Sadly it's not... yet

While the infrastructure, enforcement and engineering aren't there yet, the Miami area is making great strides in promoting safe and enjoyable cycling.  My hometown of Miami Beach recently launched a bike share program (DecoBike) that has been a huge success, so the demand is definitely there

Whether you live, work or just come to play in Miami, click here to encourage Miami Beach aim for the nationally recognized distinction of "Bicycle Friendly Community"

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