Normally, when visitors arrive at Miami International Airport (MIA), they head straight to the rental car center and lease a vehicle for a few days.
But on Nov. 11, a group of travelers will not head for the rental car center first. Instead, they will go to the Metrorail station at MIA and take the elevated train to South Miami where they will disembark and get loaner bikes to get around.
The visitors are members of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a pro-biking group developing a trail system to link many of the major cities along the Eastern Seaboard from Canada to Key West. Dozens of alliance members and their families will descend on Miami Nov. 11-15 for their annual summit and to participate in a major car-free event calledWheels: Advancing Florida’s Mobility Future.
The event in South Miami and at the nearby University of Miami in Coral Gables will promote ways to travel in Miami-Dade County efficiently and far — without having to use a car. Those ways include walking, biking and riding Metrorail or Metrobus.
Organizers expect 10,000 people to participate during the five-day event.
Wheels also will include lectures on the history of cycling in Miami-Dade, a street festival and a bike parade.