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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #5 — Jan. 13, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida
Bikes in the Movies

Everyone remembers the bicycling scene in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (in fact, we bet you’re humming Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head right now.) And who could forget the image of Elliot giving E.T. a ride on his handlebars, silhouetted against a harvest moon?  So what other great movie scenes feature bicycles?  Drop a note to [email protected] if you’ve got a good one you’d like to share.

Cycling Savvy

Cycling Savvy  will teach you to ride predictably and visibly, and to communicate clearly with your fellow commuters.  Here’s a link to a story written by a recent graduate of the class.

This Week’s Rides

No social rides led by Bike/Walk Central Florida scheduled this week.

A Walk in the Park

Did you know the following road race event is open to walkers as well as runners?  Just let those spandex warriors clear the way, and enjoy a healthy walk on a beautiful day:

January 22 – Seasons 52 Park Avenue 5.2k presented by Florida Hospital

Location: Park Avenue, Winter Park

Time: 7:30 a.m.

3.2 mile run/walk through Winter Park that will inspire you to live well 52 weeks a year!

Click here for event information

Walk to Help

Bike/Walk Central Florida member Darlyn Finch invites you to take a walk in the sunshine for a good cause – finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.  Learn more at her JDRF Walk for a Cure page, where you can click to join the team!

Walk Leaders Needed

Bike/Walk Central Florida is looking for motivated individuals to lead regular, organized group fitness walks.  Contact Brad at [email protected] .

We hope to offer walking events in the future. For now, here are our regularly scheduled events:

Recurring Rides 

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: Mondays and Wednesdays: 7 a.m. Downtown Orlando to UCF, 5 p.m. 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]

Here are a few rides from Hal’s newsletter, for example:

Lakemont Elementary School (Winter Park)

Two (2) rides depart this Saturday, January 15, at 7:30 a.m.:

(1)     the 39-mile Oviedo Loop – four (4) groups: the first (25+ mph) goes straight through; the second (23+ mph) goes straight through; the third (20+ mph) stops at the 7-11 halfway to tell jokes;  the fourth holds an endurance pace (18 mph) and no one gets dropped (they stop halfway too)!

(2)     the extended Oviedo Loop – portions of the first and third groups break from the Oviedo Loop by turning right at the firehouse behind UCF;  the first group goes 65 miles; the third group goes 56 miles; and,

For Sunday, January 16, show up at Lakemont Elementary at 7:30 a.m.: – the group decides the route (but it’s almost always the Panera Bread Frolic)!

Remember, there’s no dues and no insurance – you show up, you ride at your own risk.

Florida Freewheelers

Don’t forget to check out the Florida Freewheelers rides every weekend – you can visit their website at http://www.floridafreewheelers.com/ and see their schedule anytime (it’s also got directions and phone numbers for the ride leaders).

On Saturday, January 15, Ben Anderson will lead a 60-mile ride at an A/B pace leaving at 8:00 a.m. from the West Orange Trailhead; Nancy Matteson will lead the Lake Mary ride with 33 & 44 mile options at a B/C pace from the Lake Mary Shopping Center; Dave Chandler will lead a 20-mile Social ride at 8:00 a.m. from the Festival Park in Orlando and Stuart Beal will lead an ATB ride at 8:00 a.m. from the Environmental Center near Winter Springs; on Sunday, January 16, Bob James will lead the 30-mile Geneva Joyride at a B/C pace from Mullet Lake Park near Geneva and Aida Tatum will lead a 25-mile Touring ride from Blake Park in Lake Helen; on Tuesday, January 18, Penny Potter will lead a B/C ride with options from 15 to 48 miles on the West Orange Trail from  Chapin Station in Winter Garden; on Thursday, January 20, Phil Mings will lead a 20-mile Social ride from the Home Depot Plaza in Oviedo and Penny Potter will lead a B/C ride with options from 15 to 48 miles on the West Orange Trail from Chapin Station in Winter Garden.

All weekend Freewheeler rides start at 9:00 a.m. (unless noted differently, and several are . . . ) – the Freewheelers have a deserved reputation for being prompt: 9:00 a.m. means 9:00 a.m.!

The Winter Park YMCA (1201 North Lakemont Avenue) is the starting point for several weekday morning rides:

a.      7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and at 6:30 a.m. on Fridays.    Tuesday is “Small Chain Ring Day.”  Friday is fast.  Contact Cori at [email protected] or just show up!

b.      An informal group leaves on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. for 30 miles at a moderate pace.  Show up and ride!

Here are some websites for other club rides:

Check out the Windermere Roadies’ website at http://www.windermereroadies.com/. Manny Otero devotes tremendous time and talent to keeping things fresh!

The Seminole Cyclists (http://www.seminolecyclist.org/) have great turnouts with a full menu of rides. Matt Cannavino is President of the club. 

East Side Cycling Club (Avalon Park) – http://www.eastsidecyclingclub.org/:  The group has built strong standing rides.

Winter Garden Wheel Works (101 West Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787). All rides are organized by and leave from the shop – http://www.wgwheelworks.com/. Contact them at 407 654 1496 or [email protected]!

Orlando International Airport

These completely unofficial rides have become very popular if you don’t mind making the jaunt to the Orlando International Airport area. Starting as early as 4:30 p.m. and going until after 9:00 p.m., riders (organized and unorganized) show up to ride the 9.5 mile “out-and-back” course along Heintzelman Boulevard. You can throw in the hill over the Beachline Expressway for a little extra fun. There is a bike lane and very little traffic. Expect to see everyone sooner or later.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Park on Heintzelman Boulevard as shown on this map -> http://www.windermereroadies.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6028  DO NOT park on Hanger Boulevard next to the JetBlue facility.


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]