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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #36 — Aug. 31, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida


First Friday Ride this Week.

Meet at Loch Haven Park at 6 p.m. on September 2nd for the First Friday Ride for Civility.  See details below. Click here to read Keri Caffrey’s review of the First year of First Fridays:  http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/2011/08/30/first-anniversary-of-first-friday/

New Ride for New/Slower Riders

The Ragin’ Cajun Bike Shop in south Orlando sponsors a new Thursday “no drop” ride for new cyclists and anyone else looking for a slower-paced ride.  The ride embarks from the SunTrust parking lot at Michigan and Delaney at 5:50 a.m. The route is 21.3 miles. Lights and helmet required.  A map of the route is here -> http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/fl/orlando/698127187834049030 and the cue sheet is here ->  http://www.litchris.com/S_Orlando_Morning_Ride_Cuesheet.pdf  Contact the shop at 407 999 9821 or email [email protected] .


Cycling Savvy

Mighk Wilson and Keri Caffrey have announced a new time for the Cycling Savvy courses.  The next class will be held September 16 & 17.  For more info see:  http://cyclingsavvy.org/2011/08/cyclingsavvy-orlando-classes-resume-sept-16-17/


Livelong Benefitting Livestrong

Registration is now open for the Livelong Benefiting Livestrong event on Saturday, October 1 and on National Livestrong Day, Sunday, October 2 at Gulfstream Park and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The event is sponsored by Omnicom’s Zimmerman Advertising and presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Participants can register at www.livelonglivestrong.org to walk, run or ride in the fight against cancer. Event schedule is set to include:

Saturday, October 1 ­ 1Ž2 Marathon USATF run, 5K USATF run, 5K walk and family bike ride.

Sunday, October 2 ­ National Livestrong Day ­ 10.2, 31 or 62 mile bike ride.

Fundraising minimums vary per event activity. Proceeds will benefit the Dreams Pediatric Cancer Unit at the new Joe DiMaggio Children¹s Hospital and Livestrong.

First Presbyterian Church’s 8th Annual Health and Fitness Fair

Bike Walk Central Florida will have a booth at the Health and Fitness Fair on Thursday, Sept. 15th from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Stop by to say hello!

Volunteer for VegFest 

Contact me to take part as a Bike Valet  Volunteer at VegFest  on October 22.   http://www.cfvegfest.org/

Here’s their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=273595692654050&notif_t=event_invite

Recurring Rides

(The next First Friday rides are September 2nd and October 7th.)

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  .

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 cmorrison0414@gmail.

com .

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]