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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #7 — Jan. 27, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida
2011 Florida Bike Summit in Tallahassee:


The Florida Bicycle Association needs YOU in Tallahassee for the 3rd annual Florida Bike Summit on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the State Capitol.  Help protect the rights of bicyclists to ride safely and freely.

Your support and physical presence sends a much-needed message to our legislators that cycling DOES have a voice worth hearing.  Registration is free. All it takes from you is your time and commitment to travel to Tallahassee for the day.

2011 Priorities:

1.    Repeal Mandatory Bike Lane Law [316.2065(5)]

2.    Anti-texting legislation that make texting a primary offense

3.    Enhanced Penalties for violations that cause serious injury or death; collaborate     with ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Towards Education) again

4.    Bicycle Access to Limited Access Highway Bridges

5.    Opposition to efforts to eliminate the Office of Greenways and Trails

For now, please do the following:

1.    Save the Date as your day to shine in Tallahassee!

2.    Tell your club members, plus two friends, and have them tell two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on.

3.    Start a dialogue today with your elected officials in the district. There are many new faces.  Introduce yourself and develop a relationship as the local expert on cycling issues.

4.    Offer any suggestions or comments to FBA now that will continue the success of the summit.

Further information and talking points will be updated as available on the FBA website, Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the 2011 Florida Bike Summit.

Stories about Cyclist Gabrielle Giffords

Did you know that Tucson shooting victim and Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is an avid cyclist?  Check out this blog post from Tucson Velo on her devotion to riding; she and husband/astronaut Mark Kelly ride frequently. The Tucson cycling community has rallied to the cause – have a look at this coverage too. Here’s the link to an earlier interview with Representative Giffords on cycling. Thanks to Todd Barczak and Hal Downing for sharing these links.

Bike Bus is rolling:

Check it out; join the fun:

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

Cycling Savvy

Cycling Savvy is holding their next weekend class for students on February 4-5, 2011 in Orlando.  Cycling Savvy is offered in three 3-hour components: a bike-handling session, a classroom session and an on-road tour. The classroom and bike-handling sessions may be taken individually, the road tour requires the other two as a pre-requisite.

This Week’s Rides

There are no Bike/Walk Central Florida-sponsored rides this week.

Mountain Bike Park Cleanup February 12th 

Go “like” their Facebook Page for updates.

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.

JDRF Ride Round-UP

Come out to Muchos Tequila & Tacos, 101 S. Eola, Orlando, FL 32801 on Tuesday, February 15th from 6 – 8 pm for fun, fellowship and info about the Ride to Cure Diabetes. RSVP to Rebecca Annillo at 407-774-2166 or [email protected].

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.

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  .

Pancake Rides: St. Johns Cycles re-started its Pancake Rides last Sunday. You start from the shop at 1732 Rinehart Road in Sanford at 8:00 a.m. for the 60-mile option or from Valentine Park in Orange City for the 30-mile option and pedal to DeLeon Springs State Park to enjoy breakfast at the Old Sugarmill Restaurant – this is the place where hot griddles sit in the middle of the tables – you’re brought a pitcher of pancake batter and you make your own.  You need to RSVP to [email protected].  Call 407 323 1550 for more information!

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]