Bicycling in Miami

Bicycling in Miami
There are many popular bike routes in Dade County and South Florida. In recent years, the city government under Mayor Manny Diaz, has taken an ambitious stance in support of bicycling in Miami for both recreation and commuting.
Every month, the city hosts "Bike Miami", where major streets in Downtown and Brickell are closed to automobiles, and left open for pedestrians and bicyclists. The event began in November 2008, and has doubled in popularity from 1,500 participants to about 3,000 in the October 2009 Bike Miami. This is the longest running such event in the U.S. Now known as Critical Mass Miami, the event is held on the last Friday evening of every month. In October 2009, the city also approved an extensive 20-year plan for bike routes and paths around the city. The city has begun construction of bike routes as of late 2009, and under the new Miami 21 zoning laws ordinances requiring bike parking in all future construction in the city is now mandatory as of October 2009. In 2010, Miami was ranked No.44 most bike-friendly city in the U.S. according to Bicycling Magazine.[28] Several large biking events are planned throughout South Florida for the fall 2011 season, including possible 100+ mile charity and timed runs.

In early 2012, the final major gap in the MetroPath, which follows the Metrorail guideway from Brickell station to Dadeland South station, was completed with the addition of a bridge over the freeway style entrance to the Snapper Creek Expressway from US-1, as well as the 1.2 mi (2 km) extension to Dadeland South. This connects the now 11 mi (18 km) path with the 20 mi (32 km) South Dade Rail Trail, which follows the South Miami-Dade Busway continuously all the way to Florida City, creating a 31 mi (50 km) off road bicycle and pedestrian corridor.

In recent years, bicycling has grown in popular in Miami Beach, as well. Due to its dense, urban nature, and pedestrian-friendly streets, many Miami Beach residents get around by bicycle. Locally, South Beach has implemented many BikeShare units all around the neighborhood as well as the DecoBike system, which launched in March 2011. The initial rollout of the program included "approximately 100 solar-powered stations and 1,000 custom-designed bikes available to residents and visitors." This public bicycle sharing and rental program is owned and operated by DecoBike, LLC, a Miami-based company, and operates under a long-term agreement with the City of Miami Beach. The service is available to both residents and visitors - any adult with a major credit card can check out a bike to pedal to their next location. An iPhone app and an interactive map on the DecoBike website allows you to locate the nearest "station" and gives you the number of bikes available and the number of free docking spaces in real-time.
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