Bike Man Ray Strack on Cycling, Art, and Music in Fort Lauderdale
Do you ever check out any shows?
I'm an old guy. I listen to late '60s rockers to new acts. I go to Culture Room and Revolution for nationally touring acts. In the past year, we saw Johnny Winter, Leon Russell, Hot Tuna. Arctic Monkeys at Revolution, that show was incredible.
Do you like any local bands?
The Goddman' Hustle. I've seen them play and I'm a huge fan. Huge.
Do you listen to music while you ride your bike?
No. I'm anti-headphones. I think a bike is not the time or place to wear them. Bike riding is such a sensory activity especially on the streets you have to be alert and aware. And you can't do that while you listen to music.
Other than Critical Mass, what else are you organizing for the bike community?
We started doing a second Saturday "fun, party ride" for four months now. Thirty-something riders come out. It's a rolling party, a party of bicycles similar to a pub crawl. Not for the meek rider; it's for a special breed. What I say is, if you come once, you'll know if you like it.
What would you like to see happen in Fort Lauderdale?
I'd like to see reduced speed limits, safe roads, and more bike lanes. East-west bound on Broward, Sunrise, Oakland, Commercial Boulevards are all very dangerous. Bikes are safe on roads with speed limits of 30 to 35 mph.
What's up next?
There's a few bike charity food rides. Cranksgiving Miami (on Nov. 17), we're heading there with a bunch of 954 people. And in December, we're going to try to run a similar ride in Lauderdale called Merry Crankmas. There's bike polo on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. And night rides go on Monday through Thursday, with various coordinators.
To stay in the Fort Lauderdale bike loop, visit ftlbikes.com or visit Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass on Facebook.