Bike 5 Cities FAQs

We hope to hold the Bike 5 Cities ride event again in May 2021. If you’re interested in being put on the Bike 5 Cities mailing list, please email Emily Hanna at [email protected] 


Two Ways to Roll in Bike 5 Cities

Q: What are my options for participating in Bike 5 Cities amid COVID-19?

Guided, Small Group Ride:  Grab four friends, family members or join four others on a guided tour through five host cities. An experienced ride leader will personally escort your group along the entire 28-mile route.

–No more than five people per small group, plus an experienced ride leader guide.
–To socially distance, staggered start times, scheduled in 15 minute increments.
–Choose from five designated start locations: Winter Park, Eatonville, Maitland, Casselberry and Orlando when registering.
–A ride leader to help maintain a safe, spaced distance throughout the ride.

Self-guided Ride: All the benefits and support of the guided, small group ride, but without a ride leader. This option is for those who want to participate and prefer avoiding riding in any size group. It’s also good for riders who want a faster pace or just prefer start, stop, and rest time flexibility.

–To socially distance, staggered start times
–Choose from two start locations: Winter Park and Casselberry.
–Route marked with way-finding signs for the 28-miles.
–Route map accessible via Ride with GPS app or a cue sheet available at start location.

All Bike 5 Cities Riders Receive:
• Individual snacks and bottled water provided at each of the five city stops.
• You must indicate your start time and city when registering.

Unique to Bike 5 Cities

Q: What’s the “Guided, Small Group Ride”?

The 2020 Bike 5 Cities was a slow paced, social distancing ride. The guided, small group rides were limited to no more than five riders plus an experienced Ride Leader who served as a guide and ensured riders maintained a safe, spaced distance.

Q: What are Ride Leaders?

Experienced cyclists who guide riders along the route for a worry-free ride, provide assistance and have fun along the way. The ride leader helps riders in the small group maintain a safe, spaced distance. Each small group decides upon a comfortable, slow-roll pace that’s right for them. Laughing at their jokes is encouraged, but not required.

Q: Can I ride at my own pace?

Of course! The Bike 5 Cities 28-mile ride is estimated at a slower cruising speed (about 3 ½ hours to finish 28-miles with breaks), and groups vary depending upon the riders.

The self-guided option offers an even slower ride or a shorter distance. It’s suited for those who don’t want to stick with any group. 

Self-guided riders prepare to navigate the Bike 5 Cities 28-mile route using one of these options —a GPS device, the Ride with GPS App downloaded to smartphones or a cue sheet map or be familiar enough to follow the Bike 5 Cities way-finding signs placed along the route the day prior.

Q: Can you tell me about the stops at each city?

Host cities include: Winter Park, Eatonville, Maitland, Casselberry and Orlando. Each city serves as a rest stop with bottled water and refreshments such as wrapped fruit or packaged snacks. Riders are required to maintain at least six-feet distance from other riders and wear masks at all stops. 

COVID-19 Specific Questions

Q: What specific COVID-19 guidelines do you have in place?

Bike/Walk Central Florida prepared COVID-19 Bike 5 Cities guidelines that follow protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Florida Department of Health, Orange County and Seminole County ordinances and professional organizations such as USA Cycling who have set standards for COVID-Safe bike rides.

Following are some specific guidelines for all riders:
Ride Registration
• To reduce contact, in-person or walk up registration not available.

Check-in and Packet Pick Up
• Tables set up for outdoor check-in and packet pick up at start locations.
• Prepared event bags distributed.
• Hand sanitizer available.
• Masks REQUIRED at rider check-in and start of the ride.

Start and Rest Stops
• 15-minute staggered start times 
• Five ride start locations
• Single-served snack portions only
• Bottled water available
• Hand sanitizer available at all stops

– at each city start location
– at the city rest stops
– at the request of the ride leader
– at all stops – such as traffic signals, stop signs, etc.
– at crowded locations along the trail or route such as Cady Way and Baldwin Park
– when not feasible to maintain a 6-ft distance between you and the rider in front or behind you

Please see CDC Considerations for Wearing a Mask.

Bike 5 Cities: Precautions
• All riders must carry a mask with them to wear per local ordinances.
• Avoid drafting. Riders should keep a 6-foot distance from the rider in front and behind them.
• If you have to sneeze, cough, blow your nose, etc., you must drop back and ensure that no one is in your slipstream.
• No physical contact (passing of water bottles, food, handshakes, hugs, etc.) between riders while on the bike, in the parking lot, or at a rest stop
• Carry hand sanitizer and latex gloves. These items will also be available at the ride start and rest stops
• Clean your hands before eating, touching your face, etc.
• Stay home if you have had fever, chills, cough, upper respiratory infection symptoms, body aches, loss of smell or taste in the last 14 days.
• If you had contact with any known or suspected COVID-19 individuals in the past 14 days, you may not ride Bike 5 Cities.

Q: What if I test positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19?

Stay home if you are positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to the virus or are experiencing any of the symptoms. Temperature checks may be conducted at check-in at the discretion of ride organizer. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. To see the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus, COVID-19 symptoms.

Registration and Other Important Pre-ride Information

Q: Can I register on the day of the ride?

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the ride is pre-registration only.

Q: My family has more than five people. Can we ride together and if so, how can we register?

Contact Emily Hanna at [email protected] to make special arrangements to register more than five people in your family.

Q: Who can ride Bike 5 Cities? Can my child ride?

All ages and all bike abilities are welcome! Regarding your child, they must be accompanied by an adult and be able to complete the 28-mile ride. No tricycles please. Child seats, tagalongs and trailers are allowed. The adult-child combo, in this instance, will be counted as a single rider.

Q: What if I want to ride with friends and family in my group? 

The best way to ensure that your group gets the same time slot is to designate one person to register for everyone. At registration, you’ll have the option to add other riders. Make sure you have their first and last name, Birthdate, and address.

Q: What if I need to change my start time after I register?

Email Emily at [email protected] with your request. Changing start times are subject to the number of people and availability during that time at that location. You can make requests to change your time and location up to one week before the event.

Q: Can I volunteer?

ABSOLUTELY! You’ll have a blast. Contact Emily Hanna at [email protected].

Q: What will volunteers do?

Bike 5 Cities organizers need volunteers at all five cities to welcome riders, hand out ride packets, manage the refreshment table, assist with parking,  help with setting-up, and showing people where to go. 

Day-of-the-Ride Logistics

Q: Where and when should I start my ride?

Bike 5 Cities will have check-in tables in at each of our five cities: Winter Park, Eatonville, Maitland, Casselberry, and Orlando. Select your start city and time when you register. You’ll receive a confirmation email with your start location and time. 

Q: Should I bring my own water and snacks?

Water and refreshments will be provided at each city’s stop along the route, but we suggest you bring your water bottle to hydrate in between stops.

Q: What kind of bicycles are allowed on the Bike 5 Cities ride?

Any kind of bike that can be ridden on paved surfaces. But no children’s tricycles please. Children bike trailers and seats are allowed. The adult-child combo, in this instance, will be counted as a single rider.

Q: Do I have to wear a helmet?

Helmets are mandatory.  If you don’t have a helmet, please contact Bike Walk Central Florida Executive Director, Emily Hanna, at [email protected]

Q: Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, no pets are allowed. 

Q: What if I am late for my group start time?

Your Ride Leaders are instructed to leave on time to keep the route moving and to keep the appropriate social distancing. If you are late your group will likely leave without you. You may either join another group (if space is available) or ride on your own.

Q: What if I don’t want to ride the entire 28-mile loop?

No problem! It’s up to you how far you ride. Route maps will be provided. We suggest starting and ending at one of the five city’s pit stops, if you do choose to ride a shorter distance. For those choosing the guided ride, if you choose not to ride the entire 28 miles, please let your ride leader know that you will not be joining them on the rest of their journey. Transportation back to your vehicle is your responsibility.

Q: What happens if I am injured on the route? What if I get a flat tire or my bike malfunctions?

We aim for a safe ride for all. If you need immediate medical attention, please call 911.

Bike 5 Cities provides rolling support and gear (SAG) for the entire route, and support stations at most city pit-stops. Mechanics will be available if you get a flat tire, or your bike experiences another minor mechanical issue. If you need help, someone will get to you, however you may have to wait, depending on how many other cyclists also need assistance. If you cannot finish the ride, you will be responsible for getting back to your car.

Q: What if it rains or severe weather threatens?

This is a rain or shine event. No refunds or transfers. The safety of our participants and volunteers is our most important concern and if any of threatening weather conditions are present the day of the event (tornado warning, tornado watch, thunderstorm, heavy rain or a hurricane decides to visit), the event may be delayed or canceled.

When weather conditions or other physical conditions present a danger to participants, such conditions fall under the label “acts of mother nature,” it will not result in refunding of any event entry fees or future event credits, since funds were already spent in preparation for your event day.

Q: Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, wearing a face covering, such as a mask, is encouraged on the route and required at all stops, in parks and on crowded sections of the trail. According to the CDC, masks sharply reduce the droplets we exhale that could carry COVID-19 to others.  Consider wearing either a cloth or surgical mask.   Please see COVID-19 Guidelines for more details.

Leave No Trace:
Do your part to prevent littering, defacement and other forms of pollution. Please place empty food wrappers in your pocket until you are able to dispose of the waste properly. There are trash bags at each rest stop.  

Other Safety Considerations

This is NOT a closed course ride – there will be vehicular traffic on the roads with you! Please be cautious and remember to stay in the right lane at all times. Traffic in the oncoming lane WILL NOT be stopped. 

• Be alert and respectful to other riders.
• Be aware of vehicular traffic. Obey all traffic laws.
• Heed ride leader advise and warnings.
• No earphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc.
• Please be alert and exercise caution at all times on this ride. Ride smart and remember: Your safety is in your hands.

About your sponsors and ride organizer

Q: Who are the Bike 5 Cities’ Sponsors?

A: Bike 5 Cities wouldn’t be possible without the support of our incredible sponsors who include:

Presenting Sponsor: Florida Department of Transportation’s Alert Today Alive Tomorrow

Bronze Level Sponsors: CAAM Events; David’s World Cycle; Florida Freewheelers; Fishback Dominick – Attorneys and Counselors at Law; Kittelson & Associates; HDR; Inwood Consulting Engineers

Start-up Sponsors:  CN Prestige Contracting; Fehr & Peers

Fuel-up Sponsors: Harvill’s Produce; Bobo’s Bars

For Safety Sake Sponsors: Real Street Performance

Official Videography and Photo Booth Sponsor: Firefly Photo Booth

Q: Who do I need to contact to become a sponsor or offer in-kind support? 

Contact Bike/Walk Central Florida Executive Director, Emily Hanna, by either calling 407-636-5606 or email her at [email protected] To find out more about the Sponsorship Levels. 

Q: Who is Bike/Walk Central Florida?

Bike/Walk Central Florida is a 501c3 nonprofit. Our founders and the Bike/Walk Central Florida Board recognizes that the streets are not equally safe for all. And, street safety is more than the number of traffic crashes.  That’s why we work tirelessly to advocate for policies, programs, and infrastructure at a local level that is fair, accessible, and considers the unique circumstances impacting communities.  For more information, check out our home page.