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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #43 — Nov. 10, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida

New Hope for Kids Christmas Lights Ride

What could be more fun than riding through Winter Park and Casselberry in a parade of bicycles and trailers festooned with lights and pealing holiday music?  Riding with hundreds of others and knowing your night of fun will help bring hope to children who’ve recently lost loved ones. Join the fun!  Ride marshals needed.


Saturday, December 10th

Check-in and pre-ride activities begin at 4 pm; ride begins promptly at 6:00 pm. 

Shopping Center Parking lot at the corner of SR 436 and Winter Park Dr.

(Near Buffalo Wild Wings)

900 SR 436 , Casselberry, FL 32707


Do-it-Yourself Bike Maintenance

Hal Downing recommends Park Tools’ self-help maintenance website at http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help.  It’s excellent!

Have you Been in a Bike Lane Crash?

If you’ve been involved in a bike lane crash, Mighk Wilson needs the dirty details.  Go to http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/2011/11/10/have-you-been-in-a-bike-lane-crash/ and help make the roads safe.

Bikes for Beginners

Do you have a new or used bicycle that you’d like to donate to a worthwhile cause?  Some members of our bicycling family are starting a cycling program at a local Orange County charter school, the Central Florida Leadership Academy.  The school serves middle school students and emphasizes character principles.  Half of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch.  The school is looking for donations of bicycles with gears, in good mechanical condition and suitable for beginning riders.  Additionally, the school also needs helmets, locks and gloves.  Equipment can be dropped off at the school at 427 N. Primrose Drive (just south of Colonial near the Fashion Square and Colonial malls) which is normally open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The school is a 501(c)(3) organization and can provide a tax receipt upon request.  Call 407-480-2352 or e-mail [email protected] for directions or other information.


Cycling Savvy

Do you know the difference between “riding” a bike and “driving” a bike? There’s a big difference! The next Cycling Savvy class will be held November 4th and 5th, and openings are available. 

Visit www.cyclingsavvy.org to register. Sign up today. Because the most important piece of safety equipment is you.


BWCF Bike Valet Needs Volunteers for Winter Park Harvest Festival 

Help is needed to run the bike valet station at the Winter Park Harvest Festival on November 20th at Central Park in Winter Park.  Contact us at  [email protected] if you can spend an hour or two having fun in a beautiful setting for a good cause.

Torch Relay November 12th

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 December 2nd!)

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]