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Bicyclists take over Miami streets in monthly Critical Mass

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- Drivers were on alert Friday night as thousands of bicyclists filled the streets for the monthly Critical Mass ride.

Critical Mass is a massive bike ride that occurs on the last Friday of every month.

Around 7:15 p.m., approximately 3,000 bike riders left Downtown Miami. The event is held no matter the weather conditions. A-listers such as Heat players LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have participated.

The bicyclists take over the streets to send a message that those on two wheels have the same rights as those traveling in four wheels. "We can all coexist together, so it's all about love, peace and happiness," said bicyclist Raul Rego.

As the bikers started pedaling, traffic was made a nightmare for drivers. Tony Mejah, who was stuck on a county bus, was not feeling the love. "You know what? This is nice, but not at this time," said Mejah. "People have families to go to, children to go to."

The thousands of riders departed from the Stephen P. Clark Center and traveled north through U.S. 1 and crossed over the Venetian Causeway towards Collins Avenue. The pack then headed north on Collins, then head west on Northeast 79th Street. They then headed back south on U.S. 1, then west on Northwest 54th Street. The group finally headed south on Northwest Seventh Avenue before they returned to their original point of departure.

Miami Beach Police kept traffic going. Cab driver Ivan Ramirez said, "I mean, this is Miami. We expect things like this."

"I know, I know. I'm a driver too, and we are really sorry," said bicyclist Miguel Puerto when asked about the traffic delays created by Critical Mass.

Police said, for those in vehicles, it is better to avoid those streets during Critical Mass. For those who cannot avoid the path, be prepared. Bicyclists will block the intersections for several minutes as they pedal across the county. "We're not asking you to cut them off, just try and be patient and let them complete their route, and then you go where you need to go," said Miami Police Officer Frederica Burden.

The next Critical Mass is scheduled for May 30.


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