Starting in March, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is partnering with the municipalities of Miami, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay, with AvMed Health Plans as the sponsor, to begin Bike305.
Bike305 is a collaborative initiative of Miami-Dade mayors forged by Mayor Gimenez that encourages residents to ride and walk the more than 27-mile stretch of paved trails along the eastern edge of the county. This is another example of how the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space Master Plan continues make strides in developing a more livable, healthy and sustainable Miami-Dade community.
Bike305 includes a series of events and attractions along and near the trails that residents can get to on a bicycle, as a way to live a healthy lifestyle.
A new website (www.Bike305.com), developed by the Miami-Dade County Information Technology Department, assists cyclists with trip planning for distances, paths and events. The unique mapping site utilizes GIS technology and is the first of its kind catering to cyclists in the region. The map is interactive and presents cyclists with the Bike305 trails, landmarks, parks, a calendar of events, special offers exclusively for bicyclists, a distance tool to help residents plan a ride, and instructions on downloading the Bike305 SCVNGR App. The Bike305 SCVNGR App is designed to challenge bicyclists and reward them with discounts and giveaways.
Partnering vendors and attractions, including Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and the Deering Estate, are offering discounted admissions to anyone arriving by bicycle as part of the Bike305 movement. The discounts do not apply during special events at these locations.
Miami-Dade mayors partnering in the Bike305 initiative include: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Key Biscayne Mayor Frank Caplan, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, and Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall. Bike305’s premier sponsor is AvMed Health Plans. Additional participating sponsors include: Mack Cycle and Fitness, Everglades Bicycle Club, Bike Walk Coral Gables, University of Miami, UM BikeSafe, U-Bike, Green Mobility Network, Miami Bike Scene, and Emerge Miami.
Upcoming Bike305 signature events include Bike305 Bike to Work Day on Mar. 22. Residents are encouraged to ride their bicycles to work. The day begins with the mayor’s bike ride meet-up at 8:30 a.m. at the University Metrorail Station (Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables). Mayors from all the partnering municipalities will participate alongside Mayor Gimenez.