riding some singletrack today (one of the features, not me although I did ride it) in north Miami Beach, Oleta Park, then rode the rental bike
to my motel, about 6 miles at 4PM...traffic was hectic. A local bus
basically cut me off against the curb sliding into his/her stop...I
figured I could take a hint so got up on the sidewalk...after 20-30
blocks a cop stopped me and asked me why I was on the sidewalk when
bikes aren't allowed on them. Told him a bus almost ran me over. He said
he knows the buses are a little aggressive. I told him I'd rather have
him bitch at me than become a grease spot. I guess I could have taken a
whole lane and risked getting shot by someone, didn't say that to the
cop, though. If there is any place I've ever been, Miami Beach
should be car-less. It's a spit of land 13 miles long and about .5 mile
wide on average Buses or trollies going up and down the length
would be enough...and even have golf carts available for folks that
can't get along very well at stops if they need to go any distance. 1 block off the moving parking lot and the beach was peaceful, the streets could be too, I'd think, not mention how much better all the people might feel, as well.
This would seem better than what I witnessed today, bumper to bumper,
aggressive driving, and all the frustration that was out there. Very few
bikes and not bike friendly.
But, back to the singletrack. The young man running Blue Moon rental was great and allowed me a 24 hr. over night rental so I could ride in the evening and then again in the AM.
Part of the way back to my motel ran close to the Atlantic beach.
Snuck a foreign stranger into my room last night, hope my wife doesn't find out!