Photo credit Liam Crotty Photography

Photo credit Liam Crotty Photography

March is Florida Bike Month! Everywhere else in the country, bicycling is celebrated in May, but because of our year-round sunny weather, Floridians have chosen to honor two-wheeled transportation in the Spring.

Every year brings new opportunities to ride for fun, fitness, and transportation. The Influence Team encourages you to join us: dust off your bicycle or pick up a CitiBike and check out these free, family-friendly events.

On Friday, March 3rd, celebrate Bike to Work Day! Meet up with elected officials, public health advocates, and members of the Miami-Dade County Policy bicycle patrols for a fun ride from the Coconut Metrorail Station (US-1 & SW 27 Avenue) into Downtown Miami. Free refreshments, giveaways and bicycle checks start at 7:15 and the ride leaves at 8:45am.

This is a special opportunity to connect with local officials and let them know your feelings about transportation policy.

On Saturday, March 11th, Bike The Underline with the Baptist Health Underline Cycling Club! Suitable for all ages, the ride ends in a festival of fitness and public space including ‘live bike art’, live music, food trucks and more.

When completed, together with the Ludlam Trail, the Underline will connect ‘The Miami Loop’ with over 15 miles of off-street bicycle paths. How cool is that?

The City of North Miami Beach is joining the open streets revolution! On Sunday, March 19th, the city will designate a section of NE 19th Ave at 169th Street as park space. Closed to cars, the street will be transformed into a temporary linear part for walking, playing, and bicycling!

Did you know that Influence principal Kathryn Moore has organized more open streets than anyone else in Florida? If you’d like to bring a ‘ciclovía’ to your community, contact us here.

For more ways to participate in Florida Bicycle Month, as well as a list of local bike shops and organizations, visit TheMiamiBikeScene.com.

To support a local nonprofit working to making bicycling more accessible to kids and adults, regardless of income, visit the Recyclable Bicycle Exchange at http://www.rbxfl.org.