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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #39 — Sept. 30, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida


Safe Pedestrian Campaign

Bike/Walk Central Florida, MetroPlan Orlando, and the Winter Park Health Foundation are launching an 18-month  education and enforcement program to help make Metro Orlando safer for pedestrians. Funding for the effort will be provided by MetroPlan Orlando and the Winter Park Health Foundation.



Bike/Walk Central Florida (BWCF), a chapter of the nonprofit Florida Bicycle Association, promotes biking and walking for fun, fitness and transportation. Created in January 2010 with the generous support of the Winter Park Health Foundation, we are actively working to build a safer, healthier, more civil community through education, engineering and enforcement. www.bikewalkcentralflorida.org


The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) is a private, not-for-profit organization supporting programs that improve the health of youth, older adults and the community-at-large in Winter Park, Maitland andEatonville. It also conducts research and provides education on health issues affecting these groups. www.wphf.org


MetroPlan Orlando is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties – the Orlando Urban Area.  MetroPlan Orlando provides the forum for local elected officials, their staff, citizens, and industry experts to work together to improve transportation in Central Florida. www.metroplanorlando.com

NPR Discusses Infrastructure Funding

National Public Radio (NPR) ran an interesting piece this past week.  Go here -> http://www.npr.org/2011/09/22/140709484/bike-infrastructure-hits-congressional-speed-bumps to read the article and listen to the taped spot.

Hal Downing Urges Seminole Trail Users to Take Online Survey

“We should never take for granted that we have an already-wonderful network of recreational trails in central Florida.  Governments have seen great value in these facilities.  Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties have made substantial investments with Seminole County making some of the best expenditures in underground intersection crossings.  That’s what’s got the road all torn up at Lake Mary Boulevard and International Parkway near the entrance to Heathrow.

Government officials are willing to make these expenditures because they believe the public uses and enjoys the trails.  Now, it’s our turn to prove it.  From September through November 19th, staff and volunteers of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council will be conducting face to face surveys at trail heads and along sections of the Flagler Trail, Cross Seminole Trail, Seminole Wekiva Trail, and the Sanford Riverwalk.    The trail user survey will also be available on line at -> https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SeminoleTrailUserSurvey.  Go to this link, take the survey, show them that you value the trails.  If you see the volunteers on the trail, stop and give your input.

They’re also looking for volunteers who would be willing to assist.  Whether it’s an hour or a day, any amount of time would be greatly appreciated.  If you can help, contact Tara McCue at [email protected] or 407.262.7772.  Got questions?  Contact Gina Marchica at [email protected]!”


Cycling Savvy

Seminole County Commissioner Bob Dallari rides his bike regularly and took Mighk Wilson’s and Keri Caffrey’s Cycling Savvy course last weekend.  For more info on the classes, see: http://www.cyclingsavvy.org

Don’t Get Doored!


Park Tools has a Self-Help Maintenance Website



Bike Valet at VegFest

Bike Walk Central Florida will offer Bike Valet services at VegFest.  Join the fun!  http://www.cfvegfest.org

Recurring Rides

(The next First Friday ride is 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 [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]