Step Into 2018 with BWCG

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Thank you for your support for Bike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG) in 2017. Our community and supporters have been essential to our success this year and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved together. 

We started the year off by partnering with the Coral Gables Community Foundation to offer a bike option for participants of the annual "Tour of Kitchens." We'll be offering this option free again this coming year, February 3, 2018 - let us know you'll be joining us! 

We also rolled into March 'Bike Month' with the City of Coral Gables, Chamber of Commerce, and the Coral Gables Museum with the annual Bike to Work Day! We love encouraging residents and businesses to try biking to work for a day! Join us the first Friday of March 2018! 

On March 12th, we produced our 6th annual Gables Bike Day, with friends and neighbors in front of City Hall. Dozens of kids learned how to bike safely from our friends at BikeSafe, and Green Mobility Network offered free bike valet. We honored all of our generous sponsors and former Commissioner Ralph Cabrera. Join us for our next Gables Bike Day on March 25, 2018 and invite your friends!

We also presented our programs and contributions at Miami-Dade County's Bike Friendly Summit, representing "encouragement" organizations and being a voice in our community. We shared are successes in our annual Gables Bike Days, monthly Gables Bike Tours and safety talks, our bike mentoring program, among others. 

Despite the rainy weather the morning of our annual Bike & BBQ event, we had a great time with friends, live music, and delicious BBQ provided by Whole Foods Market. Join us again this year on April 29. 

We were recognized with an award as a 'green' non-profit organization in our community at the annual Green Means Green awards ceremony, hosted by our friends from the Chamber of Commerce. We were honored to be recognized among other individuals and organizations in our community. 

Our friends at No Boundaries and Espirito Santo Graphics created our first mascot bike, Sunny, this year. We've enjoyed spotting Sunny around the community and joining most of our Gables Bike Tours

We had the honor of presenting our Galiano Green downtown Coral Gables park project to the Coral Gables Forum. We shared the importance of public spaces to encourage more people to get around on foot or by bike. 

For the first year, we participated in the national event, Miami Walks (nationally known as Jane's Walk) with the Coral Gables Museum. We hosted a free version of the Downtown Coral Gables walking tour. Join us again the first weekend in May 2018.  

We're also excited that the City has started to implement the 2014 Coral Gables Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan. The Gables Greenways gathered detailed input in September and October, and currently has a separated bike lane pilot project on University Drive and on Salzedo. Be sure to to try out! The City is expected to finally break ground on the first phase toward the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019! 

Closing 2017 with almost 2,800 “likes” on our Bike Walk Coral Gables Facebook page, help us reach more people in our community by inviting your friends to “like” our page to stay up to date on local events and initiatives that promote safer streets in our community for people to bike and walk. Follow us also on Twitter and Instagram

We’re looking forward to making our neighborhoods better for biking and walking with all of you again in 2018.

Happy New Year!

Kenneth Garcia