Bike Man Ray Strack on Cycling, Art, and Music in Fort Lauderdale
|Ray (featured right) and his Critical Mass bike crew|
In a party town like Fort Lauderdale, known for its three-for-one happy hours and beachy debauchery, Ray Strack stands out.
New Times: What do you like about living in a place like Fort Lauderdale?
Ray Strack: I think Fort Lauderdale is a big, small town. It's big enough to have a good vibrant art and entertainment district. But at the same time, if you're actively attending events you end up seeing the same people. Fort Lauderdale is small enough where you don't feel like a stranger.
What's going on with Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass?
Critical Mass, when we started with a handful of people back in January 2011, it's really grown to a diverse group of different ages and interests. Last month's ride, 200 people came out. The ride is socially dynamic, people get out of the house, and turn off the TV, and actually do something together.
What do you think about the local art scene?
I like FAT Village because it's local. I can get onto my bike and go. It means I can have a few drinks. I don't have to start a car. FAT Village obviously isn't going to have famous artists like Wynwood Walls would have, but there's a place for everything. There's also Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts, where you have to be a juried artist to live there. That's way cool.
So do you ever head to Miami?
Sometimes for big events. Decentralizing is huge to me. I think people should strive to be positive and connected to where they reside.