Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in Bike/Walk Central Florida. For residents of Orange County who are interested in living with fewer traffic fatalities, lower pollution, a stimulated economy, and better health, Bike/Walk Central Florida is your go-to organization. Bike/Walk Central Florida is a movement of residents who encourage biking and walking and who advocate for the resources to make these activities safer.

Bike/Walk Central Florida is always searching for passionate volunteers to be a part of our team, and we have plenty of ways for you to get involved.


Share Your Time

Volunteering for Bike/Walk Central Florida allows you to give back to your community and create positive change. Safer roads, healthier neighborhoods and more options for transportation are just some of the benefits Bike/Walk Central Florida is helping to bring to Central Floridians.

Below is a list of currently needed volunteer positions. If you find a position that matches your skillset or need more information, please contact Barbara Giles at [email protected].

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Events

With the outdoor Central Florida lifestyles, Bike/Walk Central Florida is always seeking help to represent cyclists and pedestrians in local neighborhood events. We would love to have you represent Bike/Walk Central Florida at a local event such as a community health fair or National Night Out, an annual family-friendly event that promotes police-community partnerships with music and games.

Since June 2012, Bike/Walk Central Florida and its community partners have reached an estimated 86,580 people at events and presentations, allowing us to build relationships and get feedback from the people who know our streets the best. This is a great opportunity to engage with the community and connect with others who are passionate about biking, walking, and creating safer streets.

Data Collectors

Best Foot Forward (BFF) is a coalition formed under Bike/Walk Central Florida to research and report how neighborhood crosswalks are performing if cars and pedestrians are using safety behaviors required by law. Best Foot Forward hires people to perform data collection on monitored crosswalks. This is a paid position where you will be required to cross the street at specific intersections and monitor how many people yield to you. These numbers are turned into yield rates and help Best Foot Forward track and report to cities and counties how many people at the region’s most dangerous intersections are following the law and yielding. Since we began, Best Foot Forward has affected physical improvements and seen safety rates improve: 17 percent to 50 percent yielding in marked crosswalks on roads 35 mph or less and from 2 percent to 40 percent in marked crosswalks on roads 40 mph or higher. Data collectors are crucial in monitoring this progress. No experience required, and training is provided.


Bike/Walk Central Florida Out & About

New opportunities to promote biking and walking in partnership with other organizations in Central Florida are always welcome. We do our best to be available to come to your school, community group or organization with a free informative presentation that can be tailored to your ideal timeframe – 15 to 30 minutes – with time for discussion. These presentations are available to anyone living or working in select Florida counties. If you need assistance, please email [email protected].

Volunteer Advisory Board

Bike/Walk Central Florida has a Volunteer Advisory Board and is always interested in new member candidates. The board meets quarterly, and volunteers on the board assist in writing newsletter stories, representing Bike/Walk Central Florida at special events, and more. Please email [email protected] for more information about the board.


Make It Happen

If you want to save over $850 a year in gas, become healthier, reduce stress, and support the regional biking and walking lifestyle, below are some great ways to enact change in your day-to-day life.

1. Ditch the Car

Free yourself – ditch the car and let your feet or bike take you where you need to go. You can use SunRail to head to Park Avenue or Church Street for happy hour after work. Try walking with the kids to the local park and use the opportunity to teach them about safe biking and walking habits. Grab your bike and test out the Lynx and SunRail instead of dealing with traffic on the way to work. Who knows – you may just change your commute for good.

2. Become an Expert

Learn all about pedestrian and bicycling laws and safety from a variety of organizations on our resources page. Once you become a bike and ped expert, share your knowledge with others – at work, in classes, and even at the dinner table. Get the conversation started!

3. Be Heard

Make your voice heard and let local officials and lawmakers know that biking and walking are important to you. Your support urges officials to consider all modes of transportation when creating roads – not just cars. Find your local official’s contact information, here.

4. Get the Latest from Bike/Walk Central Florida

Bike/Walk Central Florida will keep you up-to-date with events and all things biking and walking in Central Florida. Join the conversation by liking, commenting, and sharing with us via:

Facebook: Bike/Walk Central Florida

Twitter: @BikeWalkCFL

Instagram: @BikeWalkCFL

Want updates straight to your inbox? Sign up for the Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter here.


Donate

Simply click to navigate directly to our donation page. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we gratefully accept donations. Your generous dollars will help Bike/Walk Central Florida continue on our mission to:

  • Educate walkers, cyclists, motorists, and transit riders about Florida’s road laws, their rights, responsibilities, and courteous behaviors.
  • Support transportation corridor planning and design using Complete Street principles.
  • Encourage the development and maintenance of trails throughout Florida.
  • Promote a built environment that supports physical, environmental and economic health, provides for safe transportation choices, and encourages interaction among citizens of all ages, income levels and abilities.

Advocacy

The Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) supports statutory provisions to ensure the safety and rights of bicyclists.

To achieve this goal, FBA ask Florida’s legislators to consider the following:

  1. Expand the current Move Over law to include PEOPLE. This initiative is looking for bill sponsors in 2021 session.
  2. Create E-Bike statutory definition to match national efforts by PeopleforBikes.  SB 1148 and HB 971 have been found favorable – waiting for Governor’s signature to become law.
  3. Protect all Vulnerable Road Users.  SB 308 and HB 455 died in committee during 2020 session.
  4. Clean up statutory language with regards to definitions of sidewalks, crosswalks, lane position of bicyclists, and other related matters, as discussed and vetted by the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused Initiative (Alert Today Florida).
  5. Support FDOT’s SUNTrail and Complete Streets initiatives, in addition to funding initiatives for natural surface trails.

You can see all of their advocacy updates, here.