This Sunday at 2pm, cyclists will ride once again for Christophe Le Canne - this time in solidarity with New York City cyclists and non-profit TIME’S UP!, who have organized a ride of their own at the same time in Brooklyn. Local cyclist and TM friend Eddy is organizing this ride to start at Government Center and stop at both Le Canne’s memorial site and that of cyclist Omar Otaola, who died on the Rickenbacker in 2006. You can see the route here and RSVP on Facebook here.

As MiamiBikeScene’s Rydel points out, this is an opportunity for those of us who missed the last ride to take part.  We’ll update this space with any new information.

Hit and Run driver Carlos Bertonatti is set to go to court on Monday at 8:30am.  Undoubtedly, he will be surrounded by both fans and cyclists. Bertonatti will face Judge David Miller at the Justice Building (1351 NW 12th Street) in Room 3-2.

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22 Responses to Ride is On: Sunday Miami Solidarity Ride Goes Tandem with NYC

  1. Grayson Peddie says:

    Fans of Bertonatti? Okay, let’s be civil… *sigh*

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  2. manny h says:

    Thursday morning at 4:00 am several men were drinking at Mia, a downtown Miami club. Argument. They go outside and one man shoots the other before driving off in a Mercedes. Driving off mad and in a hurry? Any bikers in his path? When will the authorities start shutting down bars at 3:00 am?

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  3. Prem says:

    manny,
    which bars are you talking about?
    while drinking late into the morning is not necessarily a good idea, it’s also not necessarily a bad idea. most people find a way to get home without killing someone.

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  4. Juan says:

    The whole Bertonatti family is disgusting. They should all be arrested and deported back to Venezuela. We don’t need trash like them. No heart, no soul, just please leave our country now Bertonatti. Thanks!

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  5. Grayson Peddie says:

    I could never agree more with you, Juan.

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  6. Prem says:

    Juan and Grayson, you guys sound like a bunch of angry villagers.

    Should I bring pitchforks and torches for you on Sunday? Calm down and be more productive with your disdain. Vilifying the Bertonatti family does nothing to bring back Christophe, nor does it protect bicyclists in the future.

    It’s a cheap stress valve. C’mon, let’s be reasonable here.

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  7. MrSunshine561 says:

    Guys,

    Let’s just get on our bikes on Sunday and do what we love to do. This ride came from a simple idea: to thank our friends in NYC who are riding to show their support for us, cyclists in Miami. By the way, they’re doing this under what we would consider “inclement weather.”

    If you feel this strong about the case, write the judge and the prosecutor and let them know you’re keeping an eye on things and expect them to do their job. Even better, go to the hearing on Monday.

    This ride will provide us another opportunity to meditate, support each other, pay our respects to the fallen, and celebrate life. Peacefully.

    Eddy.

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  8. Grayson Peddie says:

    I don’t have a bike yet and I’m in Orlando, but I do agree with you.

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  9. Frank says:

    I agree with comments above. Why aren’t bikers advocating to shut down bars and clubs at 3:00 am? What biker wants to share a road with a drunk or drugged half-asleep driver? Maybe even a driver who is driving drunk and texting at the same time?

    Shut down the all-night clubs. Make the streets safe again.

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  10. Kathryn Moore says:

    Many cyclists are advocating to close bars early - but we are are diverse group. Closing bars down early does not prevent drunken driving. It may reduce the number of drunks on the road when we train (yes) but many, many cyclists ride for transportation and are not on the road at that time. Some cyclists tell us that they fill enforcement by police at these late-night bar centers would be more effective - clearly, these are the business people of the cycling community. I can tell you that cyclists in our state are some of the strongest advocates for anti-texting while driving laws.

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  11. Prem says:

    Frank,
    what about cyclists who want to go drinking past 3 am?

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  12. MrSunshine561 says:

    We have a unique opportunity to make a serious, statistics-based study on the 3:00 am case, here in Miami: Coconut Grove. I personally don’t think such tactics are that effective, but if they are to be implemented, it should be a county-wide thing not just a district.

    Why? Because in this case, all you have to do, if you are from the Grove, is drive a few minutes down the road and get wasted at Sunset Place, the Gables or Brickell. It doesn’t end the problem. It merely transfers it to another area, increasing the distance some of these drunk drivers must travel and thus, the number of innocent people exposed to danger.

    Something needs to be done about the clubs. Agreed. But the appropriate route would be through enforcement. Prosecute those bartenders and businesses serving alcohol to people who are already impaired. Revoke their licenses to bartend and sell alcohol. But don’t lump everyone together. I still want to be able to go to Van Dyke’s and have a good time, great conversation with friends and a few drinks, over some awesome live jazz!

    Prohibition didn’t work, folks. This is a matter of personal responsibility. I’m of the opinion that the state must deal with those unable to handle themselves and leave the rest of us, who are able to make responsible decisions, alone.

    Eddy.

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  13. MG says:

    Eddy and Kathryn and others,
    Clearly enforcement does not work. Police and ATF are either too busy or they are not out doing enforcement from 5:00 am to 11:00 am. In fact, some police departments are overly friendly with club owners. Some club owners hire many off duty cops and we are told some club owners overpay for police services. People say police rarely enforce laws against clubs and club owners. Case in point; people estimate over 80% of customers at one downtown club are using illegal drugs. Are any ever arrested?

    Stop selling booze at 3:00 am. Keep the drunks and druggies off the roads.
    Make Miami safer. Prevent murders.

    MG

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  14. Kevin says:

    Closing bars early does not help solve the problem, it’s just spoiling the fun for the responsible ones who don’t drink and drive and want to be out past 3am.

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  15. MrSunshine561 says:

    MG,

    Evidently, as it could be elucidated from the previous posts, enforcement is not working. We’re looking at a serious breakdown in our justice system here, from the issues you mentioned to people getting away with murder with just a slap on their wrist.

    So as far as we all know, the police isn’t doing their job and neither are the courts. That’s how the driver whose name we all know, got away with murder. Literally.

    Now, if we could somehow get all these people to actually do their jobs, that would make a world of a difference as opposed to the two hours (3:00-5:00am) which some of you seem to think will save the world from the throngs of drunk drivers or junkies on the streets of Miami.

    An alcoholic will not stop just because a club stopped serving them alcohol at 3:00am. But Law Enforcement and the Courts could, if they did their job.

    Eddy.

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  16. MG says:

    Eddy,

    It is far easier to get bars and clubs to stop selling booze (and drugs) at 3:00 am then it is to get the Police and the Court system to do their jobs. Far easier.

    Further, one of the biggest problems is with the all night all day “afterhours” clubs that create drunks and problems 24/7. Cutting them back to 3:00 am or even 5:00 am will save lives. Think of the female tourist who left a downtown 24/7 club at 7:15 am only to be found hours later dead and burned to a crisp like a bad piece of bacon.

    Bikers should advocate for 3:00 am.

    MG

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  17. MrSunshine561 says:

    Well, the 3:00am thing is actually a State Law. It’s there, on the books. However, the counties are given the option to opt out and sell 24/7, like Dade County or to go totally dry.

    Only 5 out of 67 counties in Florida are dry. I only know of Orange County having an early cut-off and maybe even Hillsborough. But having adjacent areas selling all the way through 5:00am or even 24/7 defeats the purpose.

    Good luck in your efforts to reverse the majority trend.

    Eddy.

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  18. Louis says:

    I would love to see the majority trend supporting Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other groups favoring quality of life issues. I support stopping downtown clubs from putting drunk juveniles on the streets at 1:00 pm on Sundays. Who benefits?

    Count me in.

    Louis

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  19. Kathryn Moore says:

    Regarding enforcement: there are bars in this state that take drunk driving seriously. I know someone leaving Dave & Busters who was stopped by a paid off-duty cop and told - if you get in that car, I will arrest you for drunk driving. He called a cab for her - she was lucky. Bars that stay open all hours could pay for that privilege by covering the costs of area-specific police officers. That makes sense to me. What do you think?

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  20. EW says:

    Enforcement sounds great but not workable in Miami for the downtown clubs. Miami is broke and more importantly the downtown clubs that disgorge drunk and drugged and simply exhausted customers onto Miami’s streets do not encounter helpful suburban cops. Miami cops are too busy and downtown is simply too urban. Stopping the sale of alcohol at 3:00 am is the best defense against drunk killers who murder bikers and other innocent citizens.

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  21. caru says:

    hey, does anyone what happened at the hearing today? i got stuck having to go to work, and was unable to go. if anyone has any news, please share it…the media has forgotten about this event…or simply choose to not make mention of it. thanks…

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  22. TM says:

    The hit and run driver Carlos Bertonatti is back in jail. Perhaps the investigators will inquire how he spent the night and morning before he got in his vehicle and hit an innocent biker? Was he at Club Space? What was he doing there?

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