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For Immediate Release:
January 06, 2015
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

''Thinkbike'' 2015 Workshop Coming to Miami-Dade's Historymiami, January 12-15 Engaging Cycling Experts and Cyclists to Transform the M-Path


(MIAMI, January 6, 2015) - Miami-Dade leaders will join Dutch urban mobility and planning experts to discuss ways to improve the County’s “bike-ability” at the “ThinkBike 2015 Workshop”, January 12-15, 2015 at HistoryMiami, located at 101 West Flagler Street in downtown Miami. The public is invited to register to participate in three free events; the opening and closing sessions followed by the closing party on the plaza at HistoryMiami. They can also enter the LoveBike contest at www.theunderline.org/lovebike, for a chance to win a VanMoof bike courtesy of The Netherlands Consulate in Miami. 

“The ThinkBike 2015 Workshop will serve as a catalyst for community revitalization by rethinking biking and walking options to improve mobility, sustainability and the overall health of the community and further Miami-Dade’s Master Plan for the development of a seamless park system that will improve neighborhood living and encourage active recreation,” said Maria Nardi, Miami-Dade Parks’ Chief of Planning and Research. 

The Workshop is a follow-up to ThinkBike 2011. Discussions will focus on The Underline, a planned transformation of the 10-mile M-Path beneath the Metrorail from the Miami River to Dadeland South, into a linear park that will enhance connectivity, mobility, and biking safety for hundreds of thousands of Miami-Dade residents and visitors.                

WHAT: ThinkBike 2015 Workshop
WHEN: January 12-15, 2015
WHERE: HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130

FREE PUBLIC EVENTS:
Monday, January 12
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., ThinkBike Opening Session
The workshop opens with a presentation of Dutch best practices for bike infrastructure, planning and implementation, and ends with a virtual bike ride along the M-Path. RSVP at: http://bit.ly/thinkbike05.

Thursday, January 15
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., ThinkBike Closing Presentation
The workshop discussions conclude with the findings and recommendations for The Underline's implementation. RSVP at: http://bit.ly/1KeAgaa.

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., ThinkBike Party in the Plaza
A fun and festive celebration that includes music, entertainment, goodies, and the presentation of the LoveBike contest winner. RSVP at: http://bit.ly/thinkbikeparty.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS:  
The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in cooperation with Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, Friends of the Underline, the Dutch Cycling Embassy, and The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and support from CitiBank.

MEDIA NOTE:  There will be photo and interview opportunities available.
                                                                                            
About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for active older adults and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Miami Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.liveaparklife.org.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.