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North Miami Beach hosts Bike Ride in the 305 to promote fitness

Councilman Anthony DeFillipo, Councilwoman Phyllis Smith, City Manager Ana Garcia, Mayor George Vallejo, Councilwoman Marlen Martell and Councilwoman Barbara Kramer pose for a photo with Miami Marlins mascot Billy, and some residents at North Miami Beach’s Bike Ride in the 305 on March 20, 2016.
Councilman Anthony DeFillipo, Councilwoman Phyllis Smith, City Manager Ana Garcia, Mayor George Vallejo, Councilwoman Marlen Martell and Councilwoman Barbara Kramer pose for a photo with Miami Marlins mascot Billy, and some residents at North Miami Beach’s Bike Ride in the 305 on March 20, 2016. Photo provided by city of North Miami Beach

The North Miami Beach Recreation Committee and Councilman Anthony DeFillipo on Sunday hosted Bike Ride in the 305.

“I wanted to bring more activities to our city and programs that promoted health and fitness,” DeFillipo said.

Inspired by the Miami-Dade County Bike 305 and Bike to Work Day, DeFillipo wanted to bring something similar to North Miami Beach.

“I wanted to take it to another level and get the residents involved, as well and make it a family fun day,” DeFillipo added.

The bike ride began and ended at the Gwen Margolis Amphitheater and included a three-mile-long ride along Snake Creek Canal.

The first North Miami Beach Bike Ride in the 305 was a success, with over 1,000 riders.

DeFillipo pointed out that it is not a race and that every attendee rides at his or her own pace.

After the ride, there was a raffle for bikes, kites and other prizes. One of the sponsors, Waste Management, had a Kid Fun Zone. In additions there was basketball hoop and a bike rodeo, which was a place to teach kids to ride bike and wear helmets.

According to DeFillipo, many avid bike riders around South Florida attended the event. He received feedback from some who came from Miramar, among other cities.

“It was very nice. It was very fun for everybody. We didn’t expect the turnout because it was the first year. It was well received because the residents liked that it was on a Sunday. It catered to all our communities,” he said.

North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo said he enjoyed himself at the event and lauded the organization of the event.

“It’s another opportunity for everyone in the community to come together,” Vallejo said. “Every time I go out with one of these events, it shows North Miami Beach, with its rich diversity, how people with different walks of life come together and share.”

Mayor Vallejo also congratulated DeFillipo, who spearheaded the event with City Manager Ana Garcia.

As a response to the positive feedback, the city is going to try to make a bike club that goes out for rides once or twice a month.

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