In a study conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the School of Architecture, researchers found that participants who live in suburban "sprawling communities" faced greater risks for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. 

The study looked at the walking habits of 400 Cuban immigrants in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Jose Szapocznik, principal investigator and chair of public health sciences, believes the results from this sample can apply to the community as a whole.

Cars Stop, Bikes Go During Miami's Critical Mass Event

Jul 29, 2013
Daylien Casas

On Friday night, thousands of cyclists gathered for this month’s Critical Mass event in Miami.

Bicyclists and, to some extent skateboarders, inline skaters, roller skaters and other self-propelled commuters took to the streets en masse.

They cycled through the streets like a swarm of ants, all huddled together and in large numbers. As they rode at a steady 12 mph, drivers found themselves trapped in their cars, unable to move.

One was Omar Toledo, who was stuck on Coral Way and 22 avenue.

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Year-round sun, miles of oceanside roadways, few changes in elevation: South Florida should be a paradise for even the most casual of bicyclists. But the state is also home to plenty of thoroughfares with posted speeds in excess of 50 mph., three lanes of traffic in each direction and lots of traffic lights. Not exactly a recipe for safe and happy cycling. 

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