Critical Mass Bike Ride Set For Friday Night

MIAMI (CBSMiami/Herald) – As many as 3,000 bicyclists may gather Friday evening at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center before heading out on an 11-mile ride as part of the Critical Mass movement.

Critical Mass wants drivers to respect cyclists and share the road with them. The group also wants cities to invest millions in special bike lanes where they feel they can ride more safely. It does this by having the mass rides with the hopes of causing massive delays and frustration for drivers.

The last time Critical Mass took to the streets of Miami, traffic jams of up to two hours were the result as drivers were stuck behind the cyclists on Biscayne Boulveard and over the 79th Street and Venetian Causeways, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

The group of cyclists are planning to leave the SPC Government Center around 7:15 p.m. and then ride 11-miles through Little Havana to the edge of Coral Gables and then back on Coral Way, according to the Herald. The rides typically last around an hour.

Drivers who want to avoid the riders should avoid Flagler east of NW 27th Avenue and SW 8th Street from NW 27th Avenue to NW 35th Avenue. Also, avoid Douglas Road from SW 8th to Coral Way and Coral Way from Douglas to SW 22nd Avenue.

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