FRIENDS OF THE UNDERLINE
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression. We’ve got a busy year full of fun activities and events to keep the community excited about The Underline’s future development.
To inform and energize the community of the project, South Miami Hospital joined Friends of the Underline to host the Bike Walk Take Transit to Better Health Panel discussion. The result of a recent study revealed that riding bus or train, and walking or biking to work instead of driving a car could significantly reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and being overweight, all well-known risk factors for Heart Disease – a condition that kills around 610,000 people in the US every year.
South Miami Hospital of Baptist Health South Florida and Friends of the Underline presented a panel discussion at South Miami Hospital’s Victor E. Clarke Education Center and covered the topic of Walk, Bike, Take Transit to Better Health.
Panelists included Dr. Ted Feldman, Alice N. Bravo Miami Dade County Transportation & Public Works Director, Maria Nardi, Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Planning Chief, Meg Daly, CEO/President Friends of The Underline as they talk about recent research that shows walking, biking and taking public transportation helps fight obesity and other health risks. Peter N. Wood (Vice President of Programs and Community Investments) Health Foundation of South Florida served as Program Moderator.
THE UNDERLINE CYCLING CLUB
The inaugural Underline Cycling Club ride was held on
Sunday, March 6,from 10a – 12n starting at the UM Metrorail station.
Over 100 people attended the ride with ride leaders including
Pedro Gonzalez, Laura Eriksen, Andrea England,
Natalee Collazo, Pat Massey and more.
Route was from UM Station to Perricone’s on Brickell where they treated the group to sandwiches, coffee and juice.
Many of the riders stayed around the area and then turned around for the ride back to the UM Station.