Thousands of bicyclists hold up traffic in Miami and Miami Beach

 

jsimmons@MiamiHerald.com

Thousands of bicyclists cruising through the streets of Miami and Miami Beach on Friday evening have stopped traffic along parts of northbound Biscayne Boulevard in Miami and westbound 17th Street in Miami Beach.

The bicyclists, a loose group organized around a website called Miami Bike Scene at themiamibikescene.com, hold a mass bike ride called “Critical Mass” on the last Friday of every month, said Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes.

“They overtake the streets,” she said. “The first time I saw that, I’ll never forget it. I was dumbfounded.”

There usually seem to be about 3,000 participants, said Reyes, but she wasn’t sure how many took part on Friday.

The bicyclists began their evening ride at Government Center in downtown Miami at around 7:15 p.m., according to the Miami Bike Scene website. Their route takes them north to 79th Street, east across the 79th Street Causeway and then south on Indian Creek Drive and Collins Avenue. The loop will bring them back to Government Center.

Some of them were cycling west on 17th street in Miami Beach toward their starting point in downtown Miami at about 8:45 p.m., according to police.

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