Bike Sharing programs have hit the streets of over 500 cities worldwide. With the enormous growth of these programs in South Florida, even more bikes will be on the road. One organization has been hard at work making the community more bike-friendly for the City of Coral Gables. Bike Walk Coral Gables was formed in 2011, and this year will celebrate the 4th Annual Gables Bike Day on Sunday, March 1st from 11a.m. – 3p.m. in front of historic Coral Gables City Hall
The move to City Hall gives organizer, Bike Walk Coral Gables great space to expand on the family fun and festivities. This year the event coincides with Florida Bicycle Month and is the premier kickoff event for the start of the county’s Bike305 Month, which will also help to draw even more attention to this worthy cause. Biking is not just a sport or form of exercise, for many it is also a mode of transportation. The city of Coral Gables is one of the first in South Florida to create a master plan for cyclists that will include more bike lanes, linear trail parks, bike racks and other facilities throughout the City Beautiful.
Bike Walk Coral Gables invites all cyclists, skaters, parents and children to this free community event sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, exclusive wellness sponsor, along with the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, No Boundaries, Tarpon Bend, Bike305, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Coral Gables Museum, and Shake 108, a local non-profit radio that will be animating the crowd in attendance. This day is all about promoting health, physical activity and bike safety and includes guided bike tours throughout Coral Gables, healthy food and drink vendors, Bike Rodeo (teaching kids safety), live music, art bike exhibit, scavenger hunt, giveaways, fitness classes, kids entertainment and much more.
“Gables Bike Day helps call attention to cycling in the Gables and the benefits of having an area to do it in. The reason we do the event is to keep the needs of cyclists at the forefront, with a goal to make our streets safe for the many residents and students that ride in the city,” said Chairman of Bike Walk Coral Gables, John Swain.
There will be a launch party on Wednesday, February 11th at 6:00PM at Tarpon Bend in Coral Gables to officially announce the event and its sponsors. The goal is to make the streets of Coral Gables safe for the many residents and students that ride in the city.
About Bike Walk Coral Gables:
The organizers of the first Gables Bike Day formed Bike Walk Coral Gables in 2011. BWCG envisions a Coral Gables community that values cycling and walking as safe and healthy forms of transportation and recreation. Their mission is to promote a safe and friendly environment for cyclists and pedestrians by advocating programs and events to educate the community. BWCG promotes the accessibility of streets and trails for cyclists and pedestrians so they may enjoy our City’s beauty and lush canopy. Bike Walk Coral Gables, in partnership with the Coral Gables Museum, provides family-friendly, monthly bicycle tours to places of interest in Coral Gables. Held on the third Sunday of every month, the tours are led by experienced bicycle leaders on safe routes to the varied destinations. Bike Walk Coral Gables holds several events throughout the month to spread awareness on this worthy cause. For more information visit www.bikewalkcoralgables.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BikeWalkCoralGables or follow us on Twitter @BikeWalkCG.