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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #40 — Oct. 6, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida


Bike Bus Keeps Rolling

Bike/Walk Central Florida helped out when the UCF Police and the Bike Bus disagreed: http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/2011/10/01/bwcf-ucf-pd/


The “B3 Café” (Bikes, Beans and Bordeaux) is Orlando’s only cycling-themed café;  the brainchild of local cyclists Darrell and Jennifer Cunningham, “B3” serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at 3022 Corrine Drive in Orlando, near Baldwin Park, everyday except Monday!  Get the Bettini Panini, the Lance’wich, the Gr’Egg LeMond, the Cippolini Caesar, the list goes on!  Go to ->http://www.bikesbeansandbordeaux.com/) or (http://www.b3cafe.com) and sign up for the newsletter and coupons.


Cycling Savvy

For info on the classes, see: http://www.cyclingsavvy.org


Bike Valet at VegFest

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

Suwannee Fat Tire Festival

Suwannee Bicycle Association (SBA) invites you to attend the Suwannee Fat Tire Festival,  Oct. 21 – 23, Stephen Foster State Park, White Springs, Fl.  With 75+ miles of great single track and a new 10 mile Foster’s Hammock Loop trail inside the state park, you will enjoy a variety of terrain, challenges and beautiful scenery. Campground sites at Stephen Foster SP have been reserved for Friday and Saturday night. Check with Sharon Shea  if you want to reserve a site for Thursday night so that  she can assign you the same site(limited availability). Local B&Bs are also available. Potluck dinner at headquarters for folks arriving on Thursday. Rides start Friday a.m.

There is something for everyone. From great off road riding to contests for best Halloween costume and the famous Huffy Toss. Friday night Wine and Cheese Meet and Greet. Saturday evening Haunted Headquarters gathering of ghouls, followed by a bonfire. Other popular activities include a Friday night ride, free Beginner Mountain Bike Clinic, canoe/kayak Suwannee River and hike the Florida Trail.

Discounted registration for children and volunteers.

Road ridersare also welcome as scenic, low traffic country road routes are marked and maps are provided.

Visit the website for details, to download the registration form or to link to active.com to register.

Sharon Shea

SBA president


[email protected]


Torch Relay

Rebekah Swyers would like to extend an invitation for everyone to join the Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network at the Torch Relay taking place on

November 12, 2011 at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World. The event includes both a 5K and 15 mile walks, performance cycling, and a motorcycle run that all raise money to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Shands Hospital For Children at the University of Florida and Arnold Palmer Medical Center share the funds raised through Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network. The support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals sponsors helps provide life-saving medical equipment, diversionary items, pediatric research and patient education and outreach programs at these two world-class hospitals for children. Any assistance in getting the word out and inviting individuals as well as teams to particpate in the event are greatly appreciated. Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions.

Recurring Rides

(The next First Friday ride is TOMORROW, 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]