MIAMI (CBSMiami) — NBA Champion and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade was back in town over the weekend promoting cycling safety on the streets of Miami with a community bike ride.
The D. Wade Community Bike Ride got going Saturday, September 17th, at the Regatta Park in Coconut Grove, along with the City of Miami’s Police Department who rode in support of the initiative.
The free event, put together by the City of Miami and Florida Department of Transportation, and emcee’d by CBS4 News Anchor Elliott Rodriguez, was open to riders of all ages and included a six-mile journey through the Grove.
“It was about babies, teenagers, adults, no matter what size, what shape you are, what color you are, what race you are, what is your job, what you do, we are all part of the community,” Wade told reporters. “Just coming together to support each other and just enjoy this life. We got one life to live and you want to live it to the fullest.”
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Riding alongside Wade was his wife, Gabrielle Union, and longtime teammate Udonis Haslem. Wade said, besides his “really nice house,” he would miss Haslem the most during the upcoming NBA season when he dons a jersey other than the Heat for the first time in his professional career.
“What I’m gonna miss most is probably UD,” Wade said. “Just the relationship with my brother, man, that’s probably gonna be the hardest thing for me is not to have him by my side. For the last 13 years, he’s been to my left and been to my right.”
Wade also spoke briefly about former teammate Chris Bosh, whose 2015 season was cut short due to blood clots in his lung.
“I pray he gets a chance to get back on a basketball court and just do what he loves to do,” he said. “Right now, all I’m focused on is that he’s making the strides and steps to get back on the court. Hopefully on November 10th he’s on the court when I’m on the court.”
Proceeds from the bike event were donated to Wade’s World Foundation.