The forecast called for thunderstorms and for some reason that kept people from riding their bicycles to Earth Day – go figure. Still, it’s nice to be remembered, and Ms. Nature must have approved, despite the big-old carbon footprint, because the weather, though breezy, was beautiful. Our volunteers outnumbered our customers, but we were conveniently located next to the Aveda beauty school and at least one volunteer availed herself of the opportunity to get a salon-quality cut for only $10. Thanks to all of our great volunteers: Anna McCambridge, Andrew Harrell, John Randle, Keri Caffrey, Darlyn Kuhn, and Diana Steele. Big ups to our new friend, diabetes warrior Cesar Cesareo, of the Tour de Cure, for loaning us bike racks that met Orlando Parks & Rec requirements prohibiting sprinkler-killing stakes. Special mention, as well, to Andrew, who went above and beyond to pick up the bike racks and drop them off. The weather held until about 5 p.m., when we saw the big green blob on the weather radar and packed it in. We were all home, high and dry, when the weather hit.
The City of Orlando is adding a bike trail stretching from Magnolia Ave to Lake Formosa. This Orlando Urban Trail spans 1.2 miles and makes Orlando more bike friendly. Click here for a map and more info!
Next Friday, May 4rth, is our monthly First Friday Ride for May. Every first Friday of each month, we meet at Loch Haven Park and ride 6pm-7:30pm. It’s always a blast. See you there!
Hey. If crosswalks are good enough for John, Paul, George and Ringo, they’re good enough for you. Now, if only we can get cars to stop. Statistics show that in the Orlando Kissimmee Metro, we kill one pedestrian each week and injure two a day. Bike/Walk Central Florida, and our community partners — MetroPlan Orlando, Winter Park Health Foundation, Orlando Health, Lynx, Orange Cycle, David’s World Cycle, Track Shack, the mayors, police chiefs and engineering departments of the Cities of Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, Eatonville, other cities, plus Orange County, are going to change that.
On May 30, we plan to launch a county-wide initiative in Orange County, aimed at increasing the percentage of drivers yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks and encouraging pedestrians to use those crosswalks. This so-called “Triple-E” approach combines low-cost engineering with education and high-visibility enforcement, to fundamentally change the crosswalk culture in support of ongoing efforts by cities, counties and the Florida Department of Transportation, to make our streets safer.
At our first law enforcement training operation, Orlando Police issued warning fliers to drivers failing to yield at problem crosswalks around the city. More than 400 drivers were stopped over the course of three hours. Research has shown that those drivers will tell at least six people each, for a total reach of 2,800 drivers. Orange County Sheriff training will begin in June.
The Orange County School Board plans to review our pedestrian education curriculum this summer for possible use, districtwide, in the fall. This is a significant development. Fingers crossed.
When was the last time you saved a life? Your contributions of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, or more, can make a big difference. Checks should be made out to the Florida Bicycle Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and mailed to: Betsy Holl at: P.O. Box 916715, Longwood, FL 32793-6715. Please specify that you are donating to Best Foot Forward.
Register for the May Cycling Savvy class now! It is the weekend of May 18 & 19. Attendees will learn how to drive their bikes safely in the streets and will learn the rules of the road as they apply to bikes. Hope to see you there!
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s annual ride to work day has been scheduled for May 25th. Please note that this is a week later than the previously announced date.
Community Calendar Link
(The next First Friday ride is May 4th, next Friday!)
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:
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 email@example.com .
If you have a social ride you would like us to help promote, please email me at the address below.
Bike/Walk Central Florida Would like to thank our sponsors: