Lots to do! First, the pan-activist group Emerge Miami, the Liberty City-based community nonprofit Weed and Seed, and the City of Miami Police Department will be hosting a kids' bike ride this Saturday. David Chiverton, CEO of Weed and Seed, describes the ride as an attempt to bring together kids from different neighborhoods – especially Little Haiti, Liberty City, and the Upper East Side – to show them "that the challenges that face the youth are the same no matter what ethnic groups they come from," says Chiverton. Through donations and special rates, the organizers of the ride have managed to come up with several dozen bikes for kids who don't already have one. Miami's Critical Mass (the Saturday one) will be joining the ride as well, making it without a doubt the one and only place to be: 11:30, this Saturday, at the Liberty City Community Center at NW 14th Ave and 62nd Street. Critical Massers can meet at the Culmer Metrorail station at 10:00 and bike over to the event.
For the next six Saturdays following the ride, folks from Emerge Miami will also be giving bike workshops for kids at the Liberty City Community Center, on topics ranging from urban bicycling to bike maintenance to "How to trick-out your bike." They need volunteers: anyone interested should call Maggie at 786-624-1984.
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Meanwhile: This Friday marks the second coming – or riding, anyway – of the other Critical Mass, the one that's riding every last Friday of the month. Last time, City of Miami Police – responding, they told the Bike Blog, to an unnamed source of 'intelligence' – tried to rain on the parade. Will they show up tomorrow? Find out – 5:30, at the Torch of Freedom in Bayside Park.
Last, the Wild Card Hash House Harriers will be hosting a day of fun-filled drinking, running, and biking this Saturday. If you don't know what hashing is, click here – the short answer is it's a kind of running treasure hunt that involves beer. A whole day of hashing and merriment is lined up for this weekend, but of particular interest to the Bike Blog is the Bike-o, the bicycle equivalent of a hash, which will start at 11 a.m. Saturday morning (so you can't do both the Bike-o and the Liberty City Kiddy ride, sorry) at 6441 SW 145th Street, Miami, FL. For more info, call 786-859-2333. -- Isaiah Thompson