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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #47 — Dec. 30, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida

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Thank you, sponsors!

Major shout out to David’s World Cycles and Orange Cycle for providing $5,000 each toward our 2012 community fundraising goal of $55,500. Everything we do, we do to make Central Florida a more bikeable/walkable community, but as a community-supported nonprofit, we can’t do it without your support. The Winter Park Health Foundation helped get us on our feet, and has stepped up to help with our pedestrian safety initiative, along with MetroPlan Orlando, but we need your help if we are to become self-sustaining over the long haul. Your tax-deductible donations will help us to make Central Florida a better place to ride and walk. To make a donation, contact brad@floridabicycle.org

Pedestrian Safety Initiative Underway

Baseline data collection is in progress; Eatonville, Maitland, Orlando and Winter Park are on board; and a public relations campaign is in the works. Look for us to go public in a big way in the first quarter of 2012 when we launch our first round of enhanced crosswalk enforcement as part of our ongoing effort to turn the tide on pedestrian deaths and injuries in Central Florida. 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.

Chicago: The Next Big Cycling City?

The city of Chicago has developed a plan to become more bike friendly. See what you think:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1678954/chicagos-plans-to-become-the-next-great-american-biking-city

Shop FBA

Did you know you can order cool FBA gear and support cycling in Florida?

Seminole County Trail Survey

If you use Seminole County Bike Trails, help make them even better by completing the Trail Survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/seminoleTrailUserSurvey

Classes

Cycling Savvy

Resolve to learn to drive your bike safely and with confidence in the New Year. New classes begin in January. Visit www.cyclingsavvy.org to register.

Events

Community Calendar Link 

Check out this beautiful Community Ride Calendar on the Commute Orlando site:  http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/community-calendar/

Recurring Rides

(The next First Friday ride is January 6th!)

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

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