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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #58 — March 16, 2012

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Bike/Walk Central Florida



Winter Garden Bike Fest Needs YOU!
Looking for a chance to give back to the cycling community? Winter Garen Bike Fest needs volunteers, and Bike/Walk Central Florida needs volunteers to help run the bike valet. The first annual event will include three (3) recreational rides leaving at 7:00 a.m. with options for 30, 60 and 100 miles.  At 11:00 a.m., there will be racing on Winter Garden’s brick streets downtown.  Add to that a big tent sale from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with vendors from all over the U.S. and raffles, this should be BIG fun!  Ride, of course, but help out if you can. Click here to see how you can help.  Click here if you are interested in helping us with the bike valet.

Tour de Cure

Come ride this Sunday (3/18) in the Tour de Cure to stop diabetes! The ride starts from Lake Nona at the UCF Medical School. There are 6 varying levels of rides, starting at 10 miles and ranging to 102 miles. There’s a ride for everyone! Bring the family and ride to fight diabetes! Register now while there’s still time! (Individual riders must raise a minimum of $150.)

Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Great progress this week on all fronts! Monday we met with a potential major sponsor. Tuesday we traveled to Tallahassee to meet with a team at the Florida Department of Transportation, which shares our mission of improving pedestrian safety and is tackling the particularly thorny issue of high-speed State-maintained arterial roads. Wednesday, after our regularly scheduled steering committee meeting, we were told that engineering improvements are moving forward in Orlando, Winter Park and Maitland. We reached out to the Orange County Sheriff’s office and Florida Highway Patrol and on Thursday we addressed the Police Chief’s Association and got their commitment to distribute informational flyers on pedestrian safety and crosswalk law at all traffic stops. Volunteer Laurie Brown is making great strides taking the message of WalkSafe to elementary schools in Orange County. And Friday (today) we will be presenting a progress report to MetroPlan’s Pedestrian Safety Subcommittee. Our consultants have identified several signalized as well as unsignalized crosswalks for possible enforcement actions and we are moving ahead toward our public unveiling in May.

It’s Back!(?)

Met with a group from the Congress for New Urbanism and a representative of the City of Orlando interested in resurrecting plans for an Open Streets event in Orlando sometime this Fall. Way too early at this point to have too many details, but we just wanted to go on record supporting this initiative and say that Bike/Walk Central Florida will do everything we can to help make it succeed.


Speaking of back, The City of Casselberry in partnership with the City of Altamonte Springs is making another run at federal funding for bike and ped improvements tied to SunRail. The plan calls for bike-friendly upgrades to 28 miles of local streets, major upgrades to over 28 traffi signals, and installation of one of the first bike-share systems in Florida, with locations at key bus stops and the Altamonte Springs SunRail Station. asked us this week to endorse It’s Great progress this week on all fronts! Monday we met with a potential major sponsor. Improvements will also include more than five miles of new sidwalks, construction of shared-use paths, narrower streets and the planting of hundreds of street trees in existing neighborhoods to create more livable/walkable/bikeable streets while promoting environmental sustainability. Bike/Walk Central Florida has sent a letter to Florida Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood endorsing this effort.

Register Now for Cycling Savvy Class!

Go and register for the March 23 & 24th weekend course before it fills up! April class will be held April 20 & 21. Attendees will learn how to drive their bikes safely in the streets and will learn the rules of the road as they apply to bikes.


Community Calendar Link 


Recurring Rides

(The next First Friday ride is April 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 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: