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Tragic Cycling Accident Sparks Bike Safety Event

FlaniganBWCF will help the Avalon Park community honor the memory of cyclist Forrest Flaniken at the 1st Annual Forrest Flaniken Bike Festival on November 2 at Avalon Elementary School.  Flaniken was on a routine training ride for an upcoming marathon when a car struck and killed him last October. 

The East Side Cycling Club (ESCC) will lead a dedication ride the morning of the event and will feature a children’s bicycle parade on the Avalon Elementary track. Before the parade, children can decorate their bicycles and enter a contest to win prizes.

The Avalon Park community is full of bicyclists who enjoy leisure bike rides with their family, children riding to school, and avid cyclists who are part of the East Side Cycling Club, so bike safety is a priority in the community. Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson said, “While my office is working to improve overall roadway signage, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, it is important that each and every one of us realize that we are not the only ones on the road.  It’s important that we continually work to educate drivers and cyclists alike about the importance of sharing the road and having a mutual respect for those individuals trying to get around within our community.”

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