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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #48 — Jan. 6, 2012

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Bike/Walk Central Florida


Walk Off Your Holiday Pounds

Want to lose some unwanted pounds brought on by the holidays? Design your own fitness schedule to match your comfort level. When maintained, the pounds come right off.

Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Baseline data has been collected and we are moving into the interventional phase, working with law enforcement and traffic engineering in Eatonville, Maitland, Orlando and Winter Park. State Law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. You are going to be hearing that a lot.  Look for us to go public in a big way in the first quarter of 2012 when we launch our first round of enhanced crosswalk enforcement as part of our ongoing effort to turn the tide on pedestrian deaths and injuries in Central Florida. This pilot program, funded by the Winter Park Health Foundation and MetroPlan Orlando, is just the head of the spear. We won’t stop until, well . . . until drivers do. We know it is possible. Not only do drivers in other markets yield regularly to pedestrians in crosswalks, but other Florida cities, including St. Petersburg and Gainesville have proven it can work right here in the Sunshine State. Come on Central Florida, let’s put our Best Foot Forward.

Trail Etiquette


Have you ever ventured out onto a pike path and not known the proper signals or courtesies to others on the path? The Florida Bicycle Association’s site will clarify the rules for sharing a path. Also, this site provides guidelines for mountainbiking.

Made a New Years Resolution to Get Fit?

Resolved to stop being a couch potato and get active? The Florida Freewheelers are putting together a 2012 “Couch to Century” team. As a participant, you would train January through October for the ultimate goal: a century ride. The non-intimidating environment helps you meet your fitness goals. There will be a meeting on Monday, January 30, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux (3022 Corrine Drive in Orlando) for all those interested. Contact Leslee Mitchell ([email protected]) for further information.

Seminole County Trail Survey

If you use Seminole County Bike Trails, help make them even better by completing the Trail Survey:



Cycling Savvy

Resolve to learn to drive your bike safely and with confidence in the New Year. New classes begin January 13th. Visit www.cyclingsavvy.org to register.


Community Calendar Link 

Check out this beautiful Community Ride Calendar on the Commute Orlando site:  http://commuteorlando.com/wordpress/community-calendar/

Recurring Rides

(The next First Friday ride is January 6th!)

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]

Bike/Walk Central Florida Would like to thank our sponsors: