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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #52 — Feb. 3, 2012

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February First Friday Ride is Today!

Join Bike/Walk Central Florida and Commute Orlando at 6pm this evening (Friday) at Loch Haven Park for the monthly First Friday ride! We’ll meet up at the south entrance, just off Princeton and head out around 6 p.m. Headlight/taillight required. Helmets strongly encouraged — required for anyone under 18. The weather has been great lately should make for a nice ride. Catch up on the latest gossip – documentaries, film premieres, bike/ped happenings.

Bike Friendly? 

Bicycling Magazine is putting together its 2012 list of “Bike Friendly” communities and for the first time anyone can remember, Orlando is on their radar. Whether we make it or not, it’s nice to know that word is getting around. Heaven knows we’re not perfect, but a lot of folks have been working very hard. And with all the cycling activity going on around here, there is certainly a case to be made. Check out this video we put together at Mayor Dyer’s 2011 Bike To Work Day to see the dream in action.

are working very hardJoin Bike/Walk Central Florida and Commute Orlando at 6pm this evening (Friday) at Loch Haven Park for the monthly First Friday ride! We’ll meet up at the south entrance, just off Princeton and head out around 6 p.m. Headlight/taillight required. Helmets strongly encouraged — required for anyone under 18. The weather has been great lately should make for a nice ride. Catch up on the latest gossip – documentaries, film premieres, bike/ped happenings.

Register Now for Cycling Savvy Class!

Want to learn to drive your bike, not just ride it? Register for Cycling Savvy and you will learn the rules of the road and your place on a bike in the road. It is both fun and educational! Register now for the February 24&25 weekend course!

Bicycle Dreams

Put this on your calander! Join Bike/Walk Central Florida at 7 p.m., March 1st, at the Garden Theatre (160 W. Plant St. in Winter Garden, 34787)  for a the Central Florida premiere of Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning documentary chronicling the high drama, tragedy and adrenaline of Race Across America, a phenomenal 10-day sprint across the country by bicycle. This movie is good theater, not just for bicycle junkies, and a portion of the proceeds go to support BWCF.

They are seekers, madmen, and angels hell-bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when tragedy strikes the race. These voyagers discover what is truly at stake as they pedal on, praying for the deliverance only the finish line can bring. By journey’s end, some are saved, others are lost, but all learn that the fuel that takes a soul toward its own true destiny is desire.

Tickets to this one-night-only event are $11 in advance, $15 day of show, and may be ordered online at www.imathlete.com/events/bicycledreams.

You can check out the trailer at http://bicycledreamsmovie.com/ Hope to see you there!

Winter Garden Bikefest!
It will be March 24th, with varying levels of challenging rides. Morning Century ride, plus metric century and shorter challenges. Criterion ride for serious racers in the afternoon. It’s supposed to be a big deal, the first of its kind in the town that bikes (and pedestrians) rebuilt — thanks to the West Orange Trail. Visit Winter Garden…you’ll be amazed!

Route Resource
Map your commute! Commute Orlando offers a wealth of information, including maps of quiet routes and favorite shortcuts developed by people who ride their bikes all the time. Check out their collaborative route map here.

 

Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Our creative team has been hard at work developing a great look and feel as we prepare for the soft launch our Best Foot Forward for Pedestrian Safety campaign. During the “Fair Warning” phase we’re going to put on a full-court press to make sure everyone in the community is aware that drivers need to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. We’re looking for groups to help spread the message. Please write and let us know if there is a group you think we should reach out to. This pilot program, funded by the Winter Park Health Foundation and MetroPlan Orlando, is just the head of the spear. We won’t stop until, well . . . until drivers do. We know it is possible. Not only do drivers in other markets yield regularly to pedestrians in crosswalks, but other Florida cities, including St. Petersburg and Gainesville have proven it can work right here in the Sunshine State. Come on Central Florida, let’s put our Best Foot Forward.

S-Cargo Ride last Sunday

Thanks to all who joined us last Sunday for the S-Cargo ride! It was a blast and the weather was beautiful! We’ll post links to photos and video as soon as it becomes available.

 

Classes

Cycling Savvy

Learn to drive your bike safely and with confidence. Visit www.cyclingsavvy.org to register.

Events

Community Calendar Link 

  http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/community-calendar/

Recurring Rides

(The next First Friday ride is February 3rd, today!)

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: Downtown Orlando to UCF, then 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 prefer a slow ride bike group, try the Backpack Bikers, on Saturdays at 11 am outside by the bike rack at the 24-hour fitness club by Super Target near the corner of Orange Avenue and Michgan Street in the Crystal Lake Subdivision.  Contact Cynthia Morrison at cmorrison0414@gmail.com

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

Brad

Brad Kuhn

Executive Director

brad@floridabicycle.org

Bike/Walk Central Florida Would like to thank our sponsors:

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