Bike Activism Wins Championships

Miami Critical Mass, November 2012. Photo: Craig Chester

I normally root for the underdog in the NBA Finals unless the Knicks are the favorites (like that will ever happen). And I would have enjoyed seeing Tim Duncan claim one more ring. But I’ve had a soft spot for LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers since the news broke last year that they like to drop in on Miami Critical Mass when the schedule allows.

“It gave my body a different type of conditioning challenge,” Wade told Men’s Journal this spring. “I had one of my best games of the season after a Critical Mass bike ride.” I’m glad these guys repeated.

So, now that the off-season is here, can the Heat’s stars do something about Miami’s awful, car-centric streets? By all accounts, the transportation bureaucracy in Miami is especially brutal for livable streets advocates — layer upon stifling layer of different jurisdictions, with the heinous Florida Department of Transportation suffocating everything underneath them. If any celebrity spokesperson has the power to break through and shake up the street design status quo in South Florida, it’s gotta be four-time MVP, two-time champion LeBron.

  • Anonymous

    One bright note for Miami/Brickell Avenue – the City just brokered a deal with FDOT to take over the road from them and have local control. This ‘should’ lead to some livability improvements.

  • Albert

    This only happened because the city gave up several streets in Downtown Miami and Overtown.

  • Felipe Azenha

    Albert, I don’t believe they traded streets. The commissioner from Overtown was very much opposed to the trade considering FDOT’s history with I95 in Overtown.

  • Anonymous

    No, that was proposed, but the deal wound up going through without the Overtown transfer.

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