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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #25 — May 28, 2011

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Board Member Billy Hattway on WMFE

Billy Hattaway  speaks up for pedestrians and bicyclists on WMFE. Click here for the complete story.

Orange County Judge Dismisses Redlight Camera Lawsuit

A driver of a commercial vehicle ran a red light at an Orlando intersection last summer, and received a $262 fine.  He sued the City of Orlando, claiming red light cameras are unconstitutional, and are used to meet ticket quotas.  The city argued that his driving was dangerous, and that the cameras simply provide information to law enforcers, who then decide if the law has been violated.  The case was dismissed.  Next month, judges, attorneys, and their clients will meet to discuss issues surrounding the cameras.  This case could set a precedent.

USA Today says High gas prices mean more folks are riding bikes

Click here to read an article sent in by one of our subscribers, regarding steps certain states are taking to make roads safer for cyclists.

BWCF Can Help with Tickets

Not all public safety officers are aware of all the permutations of bicycling laws.  Bike/Walk Central Florida encourages cyclists to avoid confrontation with law enforcement on the street. Instead, please get the officer’s name and badge number (ask for a business card), and forward the information to us, along with the particulars of the case. We are working on your behalf to improve relations with law enforcement, and would welcome the opportunity to help.

Classes

Cycling Savvy – Train Your Bike

Saturday, June 4th.  Noon – 3 p.m. at 649 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL .

Class is held in the south parking lot of the old Amway Arena adjacent to Livingston. Park at the rec center.

The class will be held again on June 4th from 8 – 11 a.m.

For more information, including dates and times of future classes, or to sign up, go to:  http://www.cyclingsavvy.com/.

Events

Bike n’ Bowl

Commute Orlando wants to rally the gang for a final Bike Month celebration on Sunday, May 29th. The destination for this ride is Aloma Bowling Center.  You can view their game pricing and shoe rental here.   We will meet up at the Cady Way Trailhead, near Fashion Square Mall, use portions of Cady Way Trail and Winter Park neighborhoods to complete our route.

Here’s is the plan:

  • 8:00AM – Meet at the Cady Way Trailhead
  • 8:30AM – Depart for Aloma Bowling Center
  • 9:00AM – Doors Open upon our arrival
  • 11:00AM – Finish Bowling
  • 11:00AM – Optional ride to local eatery as group

Robyn Hates to Ride

So read this to find out why you should lend her your support, anyway.

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: 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  .

Pancake Rides: St. Johns Cycles has re-started its Pancake Rides. You start from the shop at 1732 Rinehart Road in Sanford at 8:00 a.m. for the 60-mile option or from Valentine Park in Orange City for the 30-mile option and pedal to DeLeon Springs State Park to enjoy breakfast at the Old Sugarmill Restaurant – this is the place where hot griddles sit in the middle of the tables – you’re brought a pitcher of pancake batter and you make your own.  You need to RSVP to [email protected].  Call 407-323-1550 for more information!

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 [email protected] .

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 [email protected] .

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

[email protected]

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