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Beat the Parking Lot Blues: Bike & Walk to Shop

Anyone familiar with Central Florida’s busiest shopping centers are used to this scene: cramped spaces and tight turns, disorganized layouts, and general madness. Sound anything like your typical trip to Waterford Lakes? Or, what about the new Trader Joe’s in Winter Park where cars jockey for spots at all hours of the day.

To the rescue are bike racks! Why not ditch the clunky car at home and take a walk or bike ride to your local shopping center? You get all the healthy benefits of exercise while losing the frustration of battling for space while saving some gas money. It’s a win-win and win. This is becoming such a popular alternative that Trader Joe’s is looking at adding more racks for bikes.

traderjoesbikerackPhoto credit to BFFer, Jill Hamilton, at Healthy Central Florida.

To easily transport your goodies from the store, cyclists should invest in a sturdy basket or backpack while walkers can get use out of a personal shopping cart that folds when not in use.

Shoppping cart

Here is an article that covers more details about Central Florida’s parking issues.

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