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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #15 — March 17, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida

Sweet Ride this Friday

Sweet Ride, Friday, March 18th at 7 p.m. at Cady Way Trailhead by Fashion Square Mall. Click here for details.

Another Great Social Ride 

Ride to Orlando Food Truck Bazaar, Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Landmark Two building. Click here for details.

Bike from Park to Park 

The City of Winter Park supports March as Florida’s Bike Month, and the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board will celebrate by hosting the 3rd annual Bike from Park to Park on Friday, March 25th, at 8 a.m.  Starting at scenic Mead Garden, and ending in Central Park’s West Meadow.  RSVP by Tuesday, March 22 via email at [email protected] or by calling 407-599-3233.  Visit the official website at www.cityofwinterpark.org .

IOA Corporate 5K Run/Jog/Walk

Track Shack sponsors corporate team fitness at its finest on Thursday, April 14th, at 7:15 pm at Lake Eola.  (Arrive at 6:15.) The Corporate 5k presented by IOA is a 3.1-mile run/walk event held exclusively for Florida’s corporate community. Businesses and non-profit organizations form teams and participate in the Corporate 5k for camaraderie, friendly competition and celebrating with co-workers. For details and to register your team, go to: http://www.trackshack.com/corporate5k/index.shtml . For Track Shack’s complimentary training plan, click here.

Washington Shores 5K Walk/Run and Health Fair

Saturday, March 19th, enjoy health screenings, healthy snacks, activities for all ages and fitness levels, and a 5K walk starting at 8 a.m. in Hankins Park, 1340 Lake Park Court, Orlando, FL 32805. Sponsored by the Orange County Health Department. For more information, call 407-858-1464.  To register for the walk/run, go to: www.orchd.com .

Mayor’s Bike to Work Day

Enjoy the Mayor’s Bike To Work day, led by Orlando’s Buddy Dyer, May 6,  at 7:30 a.m., from Infusion Tea on Edgewater Drive. Start lining up your work teams and bike in to work together. Details at cityoforlando.net.

Learn to Maintain Your Bike

Bike Works in MetroWest (407-297-1550;  2445 S Hiawassee Road) will have two free workshops in March: a women-only Bike Maintenance Class on Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and, a Co-Ed Bike Maintenance Class on Wednesday, March 30, also from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Recurring Rides 

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  .

Pancake Rides: St. Johns Cycles has re-started its Pancake Rides. You start from the shop at 1732 Rinehart Road in Sanford at 8:00 a.m. for the 60-mile option or from Valentine Park in Orange City for the 30-mile option and pedal to DeLeon Springs State Park to enjoy breakfast at the Old Sugarmill Restaurant – this is the place where hot griddles sit in the middle of the tables – you’re brought a pitcher of pancake batter and you make your own.  You need to RSVP to [email protected].  Call 407-323-1550 for more information!

See our Calendar for other family rides:


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 [email protected] .

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 [email protected] .

If you have a social ride you would like us to help promote, please email me at the address below.


Brad Kuhn

Executive Director

[email protected]