Miami Riders Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization advocating for safer streets for all road users and better, more reliable public transportation in Miami. We organize bike and transit riders to move Miami forward as a world-class, liveable metro area.
Founded in October of 2019 by Alejandra Agredo, Kevin Amézaga, and Orion Zamparello, Riders Alliance began with its first kickoff meeting on October 30th 2019. Since then, we have worked with elected officials, administrators, community businesses, and the community itself to create a more mobile, transit-oriented Miami-Dade County.
Riders Alliance was founded on a simple idea: that everyone should not only have access to adequate public transportation, but to have access to the information they need to have their voices heard in our local government. In Miami, like most places, it can be difficult to find information on public meetings, forums, and other events (and even more difficult to know what will be discussed at those meetings). Our goal at the Riders Alliance is to give people the information that they need to better understand how they can get involved, the events that are happening all around them, and how to make themselves heard when they do get involved.
Riders Alliance has a simple mission: make transit better. We believe that by improving public transportation, everyone benefits (yes, even drivers). With a population and density greater than many American cities, Miami lacks the infrastructure that its peers have–and are currently building up on. We believe that to be a world-class city and county, we have to begin making changes in #ourcounty that reflect the growing needs of a growing population from today into the future.
Here's how we do it: we have three parts to our organization.
Riders Alliance's website and social media function as a sort of hub to connect riders with the information and resources they need to make their voices heard and make the best decisions for themselves. Whether it be events around South Florida relating to transit, or campaigns to bring awareness to issues with the transit system, Riders Alliance's knowledgebase is here.
Riders Alliance, although still young, has made significant inroads with government officials, community organizations, and influential members of the community. Using these resources, Riders Alliance can advocate for the needs of the riders in Miami-Dade. Advancing the agenda the community decides it needs is the main focus of our organization. Unlike the interest groups working within the county government currently, our interest is not in private companies' profits, but in the success and opportunity of our supporters: the people.
We here at Riders Alliance recognize the need to inform the public. While we maintain a website and keep an active social media feed to inform residents, that is often not enough. Riders Alliance uses the various modes of transportation and has honest and open conversations with those who use our system to commute and know the situation the best. At the end of the day, Riders Alliance believes in what the community needs, and every community is different; having our pulse on the transit situation will keep us current and continuously fighting for what Miami-Dade needs at the current moment.
The Miami Riders Alliance is operated under section 501(c)(4) of the internal revenue code. As such, donations are not tax-deductible. The MRA is run by a Board of Directors and is operated on a day-to-day basis by our Executive Director, Kevin Amézaga. The MRA is operated out of the Center for Social Change at 2103 Coral Way FL 2 Miami, FL 33145. Our supporters can become Members through Patreon, who can influence policy decisions and more. One-time donations do not constitute membership dues. We publish more information about how we are run on our Sunshine Page.