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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #22 — May 7, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida

Bicycle Flash Mob/Mayor’s Bike to Work Day

Enjoy the video of yesterday’s Mayor’s Bike To Work Day, led by Orlando’s Buddy Dyer from Infusion Tea in College Park, through downtown, to City Hall.  At the sound of the air horn, see Bike Walk Central Florida’s Bicycle Flash Mob join the fun.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDma_nnJxFk&feature=player_embedded   If you like what you see, please like and share the flash mob on Facebook, You Tube, etc. and send it out to your email lists.

UCF Bike Bus Geocaching

Join Commute Orlando, Bike/Walk Central Florida and the UCF Bike Bus for a ride to UCF via the Bike Bus Route. The fun begins at 8 a.m. this Sunday, May 22nd, at the Cady Way Trailhead at Fashion Square Mall. We’ll follow our normal 11 mile route through the Cady Way Trail and University Blvd., and you’ll be able to hop on the bus anywhere along the way depending on where you live or how far you want to ride. Once we arrive at UCF, we will park and lock our bikes, then go geocaching in the UCF Arboretum.  Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.  We’ll have a few GPS devices you can borrow, or you can download the geocaching app for your mobile device. Visit http://www.geocaching.com/ for more details on geocaching. For more info on this event, go to: http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/2011/05/03/geocaching-ucf-bike-bus/.

Cycling Savvy – Train Your Bike

Saturday, May 21st.  Noon – 3 p.m. at 649 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL .

Class is held in the south parking lot of the old Amway Arena adjacent to Livingston. Park at the rec center.

The class will be held again on June 4th from 8 – 11 a.m.

For more information, including dates and times of future classes, or to sign up, go to:  http://www.cyclingsavvy.com/.

Ice Cream Ride

Imagine a leisurely ride through Downtown Orlando, with frozen treats at the end.  Yum!  May 14th from 7 – 9 p.m.  Starts and ends at the Cady Way Trailhead at Fashion Square Mall.

Be sure your bike has front and rear lights as it will be dark for the ride back. Helmets are highly recommended and required for those under 16 years old.

Ride with that OTHER Cool Mayor!

Join Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere on Friday, May 13, in support of Oviedo’s first-ever healthy and inspiring event:  Bike to Work with the Mayor!  Stop by the Oviedo Aquatic Center at 148 Oviedo Blvd. at 8:00 a.m. for free beverages and fruit. Says the organizers, “Are you new to cycling? This short route with the Mayor to City Hall is just for you! We encourage everyone to dust off their bikes for a morning of fun, fitness and transportation! For the more experienced riders, this short course can start your ride or finish it, stop by and ride with us.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. – Oviedo Aquatic Center – 148 Oviedo Blvd.  Ride at 8:30 a.m. with the Mayor to City Hall – 400 Alexandria Blvd.  Send an email to [email protected] to RSVP

Walk for a Good Cause

Mary Chiozza says, “Let’s Move Together!”  This energetic mother of two active boys doesn’t let arthritis slow her down, so let’s walk with Mary to help raise funds for a cure.  Click here to donate at Mary’s fundraising page, and click here to learn more about the Orlando walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14th at Lake Eola.


Steven Perezluha recently qualified for the Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast bicycle race from California to Maryland that starts June 15, 2011, and he’s under the age of 23!  It takes money to assemble the vehicles, drivers and other support to mount a RAAM campaign.  Make a commitment now to help by attending Steven’s fundraising banquet on Thursday, May 19, at the Renaissance Building (1110 W. Ivanhoe, Orlando 32804) — tickets are $30 and are on sale at RetroCity Cycles and Greenway Bicycles.  Everyone gets a raffle ticket for prizes such as airline tickets and bicycle parts and accessories!  For more info, and to support Steven, visit http://stevenperezluha.com. 

Ride of Silence

The East Side Cycling Club will host the local observation of the national Ride of Silence (www.rideofsilence.org) to remember riders killed or injured while cycling.  Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 18, for departure at 6:00 p.m. from the Avalon Park YMCA.  This is a somber event, but one you won’t soon forget.

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]