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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #3 — Dec. 16, 2010

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Bike/Walk Central Florida
This week’s rides/walks

Transition Orlando Christmas Light Bike Ride

Saturday 12/18, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Enjoy a leisurely 1 1/2 hour bike ride around downtown Orlando to see Christmas light decorations! Front & rear bicycle lights required. Helmets required for children under 16. Bicycle decorations optional but encouraged! Enjoy a social with holiday treats after the ride. We also welcome your homemade goodies! Meet at Florida School of Holistic Living, 1109 E. Concord Street, Orlando.

Walk Leaders Needed

Bike/Walk Central Florida is looking for motivated individuals to lead regular, organized group fitness walks.  Contact Brad at brad@floridabicycle.org .

We hope to offer walking events in the future. For now, here are our regularly scheduled events:

Recurring Rides 

First Fridays: Take it to the streets bike ride to promote civility: 6 p.m. on the First Friday of each month. Check our Facebook Fan page for start locations.

UCF Bike Bus: Mondays and Wednesdays: 7 a.m. Downtown Orlando to UCF, 5 p.m. UCF to Downtown Orlando, follow bike bus in real time via GPS at http://commuteorlando.com/bikebus/

Ride With Steve: Beginner ride. Meet at Winter Garden Wheel Works in Downtown Winter Garden, 8 a.m., Saturdays. – Sponsored by Winter Garden Wheel Works  .

See our Calendar for other family rides:

www.bikewalkcentralflorida.org

S-Cargo farmers market rides featuring utility bikes and trailers

Ice Cream Socials: night rides through Downtown Orlando

Unless specifically designated as a trail ride, our rides take place on public streets. Headlights and red rear flashers are required for night rides. Helmets are encouraged, and are required for children under 16.

We observe all traffic laws and traffic signals.

Our rides are typically 10 to 15 miles, roundtrip, and average 10 miles an hour, a comfortable pace for most adults and teens. May be too fast for younger children and adults with health issues.

These rides are social in nature. For longer, more aggressive group rides, subscribe to Hal Downing’s group ride newsletter by emailing hdowning@whww.com

If you have a social ride you would like us to help promote, please email me at the address below.

Cycling Savvy

As a former gutter-bunny, I want to tell you about a traffic-skills course developed by the Florida Bicycle Association.  Cycling Savvy is unlike anything I had taken before.  Less theory and more practical advice, this course changed my life.  I’ve been riding a bike since I was in elementary school.  I commuted by bicycle at the University of Nebraska.  But I never truly learned to “drive” a bike until I attended Cycling Savvy. Since taking this course in May, 2010, I have been commuting by bicycle from Ocoee to downtown Orlando comfortably.  By riding predictably and visibly, I am able to communicate clearly with my fellow commuters, who give me plenty of room and are generally courteous.  I encourage anyone, even experienced “road warriors” to take Cycling Savvy. 

Learn to lead the dance.

Brad

Brad Kuhn

Executive Director

brad@floridabicycle.org

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