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For Immediate Release:
March 05, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez Kicks-Off ''Bike305'' Initiative Featuring the Collaboration of Six Miami-Dade Mayors

Mayors’ Campaign Promotes Health and Wellness Through Cycling and Is Sponsored by AvMed


Starting in March, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is partnering with the municipalities of Miami, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, and Cutler Bay, with AvMed Health Plans as the sponsor to kick-off Bike305. Bike305 is a collaborative initiative of Miami-Dade mayors forged by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez that encourages residents to ride and walk the more than 27-mile stretch of paved trails along the eastern edge of the County. This is another great example of how the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space Master Plan continues make strides in developing a more livable, healthy and sustainable Miami-Dade community.

Bike305 includes a series of events and attractions along and near the trails that residents can get to on a bicycle, as a way to live a healthy lifestyle.

www.Bike305.com is a new website developed by the Miami-Dade County Information Technology Department to assist cyclists with trip planning for distances, paths and events. The unique mapping site utilizes GIS technology and is the first of its kind catering to cyclists in the region. The map is interactive and presents cyclists with the Bike305 trails, landmarks, parks, a calendar of events, special offers exclusively for bicyclists, a distance tool to help residents plan a ride, and instructions on downloading the Bike305 SCVNGR App. The Bike305 SCVNGR App is designed to challenge bicyclists and reward them with discounts and giveaways.

Partnering vendors and attractions, including Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and the Deering Estate are offering discounted admissions to anyone arriving by bicycle as part of the Bike305 movement. The discounts do not apply during special events at these locations.

Miami-Dade Mayors partnering in the Bike305 initiative include:

Bike305's premier sponsor is AvMed Health Plans. Additional participating sponsors include: Mack Cycle and Fitness, the Everglades Bicycle Club, Bike Walk Coral Gables, University of Miami, UM BikeSafe, U-Bike, Green Mobility Network, Miami Bike Scene, and Emerge Miami.

Upcoming Bike305 signature events include:

March 5, 9 a.m.
Mayors' Bike305 Proclamation Stephen P. Clark Center (BCC Chambers) 111 Northwest 1st Street Miami, FL 33128 Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez will be joined by the Mayors of six county municipalities to proclaim March as “Bike305” month which includes a month-long series of events, and to announce a Bike to Work Day on March 22.

March 22
Bike305 Bike to Work Day Residents are encouraged to ride their bicycles to work. The day kicks off with the Mayor's bike ride meet-up at 8:30 a.m. at the University Metrorail Station (Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables). Mayors from all the partnering municipalities of Miami, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay, will participate alongside Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

About Bike305:
Bike305 is a collaborative effort forged by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez in partnership with six municipal mayors and parks departments from Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Key Biscayne, Miami, Palmetto Bay, and Pinecrest to unite and support the connectivity of people and places through the county's bike trails. The mayors are promoting the opportunity to achieve physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle by cycling to parks, attractions, shops, and events located on or near bike trails. This is another great example of how the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space Master Plan continues to make strides in developing a more livable, healthy and sustainable Miami-Dade community. AvMed Health Plans is the premier sponsor of the Bike305 initiative as part of its ongoing partnership with Miami-Dade County to improve community wellness. Residents and visitors will be able to learn more information and plan an outing through a “Storybook” webpage and digital mapping tool created by the Miami-Dade County Information Technology Department for the collaborative initiative. Visit www.Bike305.com for more information about Bike305, including a calendar of events, trail maps, special offers, and instructions on downloading the Bike305 SCVNGR App designed to challenge riders and reward them with additional discounts and giveaways. In support of this initiative, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim the month of March 2013 as “Bike305 Month,” and every March thereafter.