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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #26 — June 3, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida

First Friday Ride TONIGHT, June 3rd,

6 – 7:30 p.m. at Loch Haven Park.

For details, see Recurring Rides, below.


Hattaway on NPR

BWCF Board Member Billy Hattaway of VHB MillerSellen, a leading authority on Complete Streets and pedestrian safety, speaks with Tom Parkinson of Orlando NPR Affiliate WMFE-FM. Listen here. Hattaway was also featured as an expert on street design in a recent nationwide teletownhall moderated by Transportation4America – the folks who raised the issue by publishing Dangerous By Design – which ranked Central Florida’s major arterial roads — Colonial, 436, and 441 — as the most deadly in the nation.

The more, the merrier

Check out this blog about children and biking.  Bonus: cute pictures.


Cycling Savvy

Train Your Bike: Saturday, June 4th.  8 – 11 a.m. at 649 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL .

Class will be repeated on Saturday, June 12th. Class is held in the south parking lot of the old Amway Arena adjacent to Livingston. Park at the rec center.

Truth and Techniques: Wednesday, June 8th.  6 – 9 p.m. Held at MetroPlan Orlando.

Tour of Orlando:  Saturday, June 18th.  8:30 a.m. – Noon. Starts at Central Florida Leadership Academy.

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


Robyn Hates to Ride

So read this to find out why you should lend her your support, anyway.

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]