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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #79 — Oct. 19, 2012

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Bike/Walk Central Florida
NewsSeveral Thank Yous

We wish to thank the City of Orlando, the Orange County Commission, MetroPlan Orlando, the Winter Park Health Foundation, Orange Cycle, David’s World Cycle, and Track Shack for their financial support of the The Florida  Bicycle Association and  Bike/Walk Central Florida. The Best Foot Forward initiative, through education, enforcement and engineering, is good government in action.Together we are making our streets and trails safer and more civil for all users.

Cocoa Beach Harrassment Ordinance Fails

A Cocoa Beach ordninance designed to fine people who assault, harrass or intentionally distract cyclists, failed to pass by a vote of 3-2. The ordinance was proposed by Mayor Skip Beeler, an avid cyclist. Read here for details.

Philly Cyclist Explains Attitude of Hate 

The article here, written by Jim Saska, is both a strong indictment of aggressive cyclists with bad behaviours, himself included, and a positive view of the future. WARNING! The author uses shocking language (again, directed at himself), but the article is definitely worth reading.

Volunteers Needed

Bike/Walk Central Florida will offer bike valet parking for the Central Florida VegFest, Saturday, October 27 at Orlando Festival Park. We need volunteers for one-hour shifts (or more) to help park bikes and share Bike/Walk and Best Foot Forward Information.Then spend the rest of the day tasting vegetarian delights and visiting with friends! Call or email Marianne at 407-412-5980, [email protected].

Cycling Skills Guide for Children

The National Highway Transportaion Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a downloadable Skills Guide that can be used when holding clinics for children at school or other community venues.


November 4– Ride Ataxia, Clermont

Ride Ataxia benefits FARA (Friedreichs Ataxia Resarch Alliance) and offers 16, 25 and 50 mile routes through the rolling countryside. Click here for more information.

November 17  – Florida Bicycle Club Leadership Workshop

Are you the president of your biking club? Or even in a leadership position? Join the Florida Bicycle Association on November 17, 2012 from 3-6 p.m. for the Florida Bicyle Club Ladership Workshop to share ideas with other club leaders. It is being held in conjunction with the Florida Freewheelers’ Horrible Hundred. They will extend one free registration per club to individuals who attend. The Workshop will be held at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1750 Hunt Trace Blvd., Clermont, FL. Click here to read more and to register for FREE!

November 18 – The Horrible Hundred

Sponsored by the Florida Freewheelers, rides of varying lengths, including a century ride, take you through the hills of Clermont.

RESOURCESBicycle Parking Map

From our friends at Commute Orlando: Peter Martinez has created a collaborative Bike Parking map, designed to help Bicyclists plan their routes and park their bikes on secure racks, rather than a stop sign or a tree  Read more . . . 

Operation Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward is a community-wide coalition formed to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries in Metro Orlando.The five-year initiative is currently focused on Orange County and will expand into Seminole and Osceola counties as resources permit. Five cities, two towns, and Orange County have passed resolutions supporting the initiative. Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, police agencies in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville, and police chiefs from throughout Orange County, have pledged their support to the initiative, launched by Bike/Walk Central Florida and the Florida Bicycle Association, with financial support from the Winter Park Health Foundation, MetroPlan Orlando, Orange County, City of Orlando, Florida Department of Transportation, Orlando Police Department, Orange Cycle, David’s World Cycle, and Track Shack.

When was the last time you saved a life?  Your contributions of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, or more, can make a big difference. Checks should be made out to the Florida Bicycle Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and mailed to: Betsy Holl at: P.O. Box 916715, Longwood, FL  32791-6715. Please specify that you are donating to Best Foot Forward.

Community Calendar Link 



First Fridays: Take it to the Streets bike ride to promote civility: 6 p.m. on the First Friday of each month (Upcoming Dates: November 2, December 7). 

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 Community Calendar for other family rides: www.bikewalkcentralflorida.org


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 challenging 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


Bike/Walk Central Florida Would like to thank our sponsors: