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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #6 — Jan. 20, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida
Bike Bus has gone high-tech:

Ride the bus – the Bike BusKitzzy Aviles says:

The Central Florida Bike Bus site has launched! We are dedicated to bringing together cyclists who want to commute by bike using the same roads as other vehicles. A bike bus is an organized group of cyclists with a common destination. Similar to a public transit bus, the bike bus follows a fixed route (check the website http://commuteorlando.com/bikebus/  for schedule), allowing riders to join and leave the bus at their convenience along the way. By riding as a group and following all traffic laws, we’ll improve our visibility and show that cyclists and motor vehicles can coexist in a positive and productive way. We currently have one route from Downtown Orlando to the UCF area, but hope to expand to more routes and schedules as we get more passengers. Check out the route on our site for more details and join us for all or part of an upcoming ride. You can also track the bus in real time at http://bikebustracker.com/
More information at:


Bike Bus Tracker – http://www.bikebustracker.com share.

Cycling Savvy

Cycling Savvy  will teach you to drive your bike in comfort and safety, predictably and visibly, and to communicate clearly with your fellow commuters.  Here’s a link to a story written by John Brooking, a recent graduate who came all the way to Orlando from Maine to take the class.

Growing Older, or Growing Bolder?

Growing Bolder is a fabulous website with articles and links like this one:

Bike Your Way Lean

Looking for a fun way to get fitter faster? Hop on a bike! Fitness expert Selene Yeager has tips for picking out a bike, how much you should expect to spend and training plans for any one — of any size — who is ready to get on the road to riding their way lean.

Click here to listen to GB Radio.

This Week’s Rides

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

A Walk in the Park

The Florida Hospital Lady Track Shack 5K Run/Walk is for women only.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

7:30 am: 5k Run/Walk (3.1 miles). Women only race.

8:45 am: Kids Run

9:00 am: Awards Presentation

Take a walk through beautiful Mead Gardens, 1300 S. Denning Dr., Winter Park, FL 32789

Ride to Help Cure Diabetes

Put your wheels to work for a good cause – ride the Tour de Cure on March 6, 2011 in Lake Nona:  http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?fr_id=7460&pg=entry

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: 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]

For example, if you live in Seminole County and like to ride hard, you’re in luck:

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

Sunday at 8:00 a.m.:   The SEMINOLE Cyclists BFast Sunday Ride starts from the Colonial Town Park’s parking lot near the theatre. Sleep in, YES, but be ready to roll at 8:00am sharp. The first part of the ride travels out towards Sanford’s Oregon Trail and Orange, but makes its way back to the shady roads of Markham Woods. The second part of the ride continues its relaxed 17-19mph pace back towards Heathrow via Markham Woods Rd with an option to go longer through the hilly Mandarin subdivision. Both routes make it safe and sound back at the Colonial Town Park parking lot. Stay afterwards for some java brew ride recaps. Marshalls for the ride make sure that “No Rider Gets Left Behind.” This ride is not designated for novices.

Wednesdays.  6:00 p.m. Ladies-Only Ridein historic Sanford. This is a Ladies only ride – meeting at the municipal parking lot in Sanford – by the Monroe Harbor Marina. Enjoy the waterfront view of Lake Monroe as you start out, and then take in the beautiful sites through downtown Sanford. From there the ride heads toward and around Sanford Airport. This female peleton will work on paceline skills and safety. There is a sweep rider that makes sure that ‘No Rider Gets Left Behind.’
Tuesdays and Thursdays. – 6:00 p.m.  Get those quads pumping for the beginning and/or ending of the week with the Tuesday/Thursday rollout from the Colonial Town Park’s parking lot near the theatre 6pm sharp for a (A and a B+) level ride. This ride travels down International Parkway across 46 for up nice gradual incline on Orange back across 46. From there it will take you on a quick downhill on Lake Sylvan to Markham road turning around at Fox Spur and back up hill on Lake Sylvan. The ride comes to an end with a strong finish back down Intl parkway across 46a then continuing down the pkwy towards the end and turning around once again to return to the Colonial Town Park. This ride is not designated for novices.
Saturday at 7:30 a.m.  The SEMINOLE Cyclists Signature Einsteins Ride starts from the Einstein Bagel Shop. We leave at 7:30am sharp and do various pace rides doing around (C) 20-30mi, (A,B) 34mi or (A,B) 42mi. The first part of the ride will travel at 18-20mph as a group towards Ronald Reagan Boulevard and through the less traveled country roads near Lake Jessup, then the faster riders will break away after Lake Mary Boulevard (LMB) and the second group will continue at their casual 18 mph pace. This is a great starter ride to get acquainted with the SEMINOLE Cyclists. Marshalls for the ride make sure that “No Rider Gets Left Behind.
Saturday at 7:30 a.m.  The SEMINOLE Cyclists Lake Mills Saturday Ride starts from the Winter Springs Town Center in the parking lot opposite Barnie’s Coffee and Tijuana Flats. If you drive in, park behind Barnie’s so you can return after the ride, pack up your bike, and then join us at the tables outside. Our 34 mile route takes us down Tuskawilla Road, up Aloma, and over to Mitchell Hammock, Lockwood, 419 and the scenic roads around Lake Mills where we reach our SAG stop at about mile 20. Our return route takes us up old Lockwood and down shady Florida Ave in the scenic Black Hammock area. From there we head up 434 and return to the town center where we regroup at Barnie’s for some java and ride recaps. Marshalls for the ride make sure that “No Rider Gets Left Behind.” This ride is not designated for novices so be sure you can maintain the speed listed for the safety and enjoyment of all.



Hal Downing and Bike/Walk Central Florida recommend the “B3 Café” (Bikes, Beans and Bordeaux), Orlando’s only cycling-themed café;  the brainchild of local cyclists Darrell and Jennifer Cunningham. “B3” serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at 3022 Corrine Drive in Orlando, near Baldwin Park, everyday except Monday!  Get the Bettini Panini, the Lance’wich, the Gr’Egg LeMond, the Cippolini Caesar, the list goes on!  Go to:http://www.bikesbeansandbordeaux.com/ or http://www.b3cafe.com and sign up for the newsletter and coupons.

Tour de Parks

The Friends of the Legacy Trail, a Rails to Trail connecting Venice to Sarasota, is holding a recreational ride of 15/35/65 miles on

April 3, 2011. Proceeds from this event are dedicated to improvements to the trail.

The Tour de Parks info is now on the Friends of the Legacy Trail website. An entry form is available there. Online registration is also available on active.com – so click here.   For more information, contact Steve Christian, Friends of the Legacy Trail, at 580-705-0011.

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]