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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #59 — March 23, 2012

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Bike/Walk Central Florida



Winter Garden Bike Fest – this Weekend!
Bike Fest is this weekend, March 24! You can attend just for fun, or you can choose to give back to the cycling community. Winter Garen Bike Fest still 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 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 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.
Pedestrian Safety InitiativeLike Dorothy on her journey to Oz, the farther we go on our journey to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries in Central Florida, the more allies we’re finding along the way. Everywhere we turn we are finding people and organizations who share our passion for this important communitywide initiative. Last week, we wrote about the work being done by the Florida Department of Transportation. This week we can report that Orange County and the International Drive Improvement District have been making great strides in the tourist corridor. Next week we will be presenting to these important groups and exploring ways we may be able to work together. It is becoming increasingly clear that we have come to a unique juncture as a community when people from all over the region are pulling together and saying: Enough is enough. Great things are happening and we at Bike/Walk Central Florida say the more the merrier! Kudos to all!

Colonial Bike Club
Colonial Bike Club is a group of Colonial High School students who share a love of cycling. They ride bikes to school and park them outside for all to admire. They meet to talk about how to raise cycling awareness. This club has it all: students interested in biking, a repair stand, and even some bike tools. The only thing missing is bikes. Well, they have a few, but not nearly enough for all of their members. Click here to read about this club and find out how you can contribute.

Climb Every Mountain

Read this incredible story of 60-year-old John Alexander. Living with Parkinson’s Disease for two years, he was able to climb to the top of Ben A’an Summit, a 1.25 mile hike up 1,400 feet. This story is inspirational to all and shows that we can overcome most anything we set our minds to.

Cycling Savvy Class this Weekend!

The March 23 & 24 weekend course is today and tomorrow! It’s too late to register for this month’s course, but you can still register for April’s course! Go and register for the April 20 & 21st weekend course before it fills up! 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. May dates will be posted soon.


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: