MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Critical Mass bike ride is back in full force in South Florida.

Friday, hundreds of bikers took the streets for the first Critical Mass ride since the start of the pandemic.

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For some, it is a comeback that brings hope as South Florida continues to get back to normal. For others, it means they may be stuck in traffic.

CBS4’s Jessica Vallejo caught up with some of the bicyclists participating in the Critical Mass bike ride.

“You know what? Everyone is excited. I think the whole thing is, a lot of people got the COVID vaccination, which I am, I did both shots so I am excited just to get around and be around like-minded people, and go for this bike ride,” said one rider.

While police did not escort these bicyclists, they managed to ride through the streets of Miami. From downtown Miami to Wynwood, Miami Beach, and back, they stayed safe.

“There was traffic, but it was successful overall.”

Critical Mass was held every Friday at the end of the month before the pandemic.

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The aim of the ride is to bring awareness on sharing the road.

“Everyone was safe the one thing we do ask the drivers out there when you do see us groups out there and you see us in large people plz let us pass. We are just out there for recreation,” said Robert Smith.

“It’s my understanding, now no. They are no longer doing that. So, we just have to keep close rank amongst each other and make sure we follow all of the roads, routes, and guidelines, and keep it moving.”

“We need it, we need it, after the pandemic. We need to be free,” said bicyclist Tony Vitalez.

“We have new roads too, that we’re going to go through to South Beach and Bay Harbor. These are long roads, so we expect to get more people,” said another rider.

Hundreds will be participating in the bike ride in Miami.

And while police did not escort these cyclists, they felt safe and enjoyed their ride.

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“I think it is an opportunity people need to look into rather than ah car rentals and public transportations.”

Jessica Vallejo