By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – For a one-day event, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez of Miami-Dade County is encouraging residents to ditch their cars during their morning commute and join him instead for the annual “Bike to Work Day” ride on Friday, March 1st.
The 2019 Bike305 Bike to Work Day is an initiative to reduce traffic congestion and introduce the stress-relieving benefits of bike riding to county residents. The first 200 bicyclists will receive free Bike305 t-shirts.
Alongside county Director of Parks Maria I. Nardi, the ride kicks off at 8AM the University Metrorail station located at 5400 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables. In celebration of “Bike305 Month,” Miami-Dade County will offer bicycling events and activities for all of March.
Bike 305 is a multi-departmental project by the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works as well as South Florida cycling groups. Their goal is to showcase healthy life habits and introduce transportation alternatives.
This year, the Village of Virginia Gardens, North Bay Village and Bal Harbour Village have joined the 23 other municipalities that partake in Bike305 festivities. The end goal is to get all 34 municipalities on board in making Miami a more bike-friendly metropolis.
For bike safety, wear an appropriately fitted helmet. It can make all the difference in the event of a fall or collision.
If interested in cycling in the 2019 Bike to Work Day, plan to arrive by 6:45 AM. Whether it’s dawn or dusk wear bright, fluorescent colors to be more present when sharing the road with drivers.
In the state of Florida, drivers are legally required to allot three feet in between their vehicles and bicyclists. When biking on road ways, go with the flow of traffic, obey all traffic laws and signal your travel pattern to others.
Miami-Dade Police Department’s bike patrol will also take part and provide an escort. The ride is estimated to end at 8:45 AM.