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BWCF nerds out over bikes at Orlando Bike Nite

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If you are reading this, it’s likely you are a bike nerd.

And you would have fit right in at the Orlando Bike Nite event this past Friday.  Local bike lovers converged upon Downtown CREDO on Feb. 25 to hear Orlando Bikeography co-founder Leslie Wolcott and two of BWCF’s very own – BWCF board members Rick Geller and Eliza Harris Juliano – talk about all things bikes.

Hosted by Nerd Nite Orlando and the Orlando Bike Coalition, the presentation line up included three talks:

  • “Bikeography 101” by Leslie Wolcott
  • “A Cycle Track for Winter Park–How it Got Done” by Rick Geller
  • “How to Not Die While Riding a Bike in Orlando” by Eliza Harris Juliano

Of course, no amazing event is complete without a raffle. At the end of the night, a few lucky attendees won annual memberships to Juice Bike Share and gift cards to some local bike shops.

Below is a brief recap of each talk including tweets from our live Twitter coverage.

Bike stories. Leslie Wolcott demoed how to make a video for her bike storytelling project “Orlando Bikeography.” The project aims to put a face on the local, bike community by interviewing people who bike and sharing their stories.

First cycle track in Central Florida ever. Rick Geller gave the crowd a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Central Florida’s first-ever cycle track – located by Brookshire Elementary near the Cady Way Trail in Winter Park.  A coalition of advocates including BWCF, the City’s Bike/Ped Advisory Board, and the Winter Park Foundation worked together to make the Cady Way cycle track a reality. We’ve covered this cycle track project before on the BWCF site. Read more here.

How to not die while riding a bike in Orlando. Eliza’s talk was pretty much a survival guide for biking in Orlando.  She went over safety strategies for biking on the road, in bike lanes and on sidewalks. Did you know sidewalk riding can be more dangerous than riding on the road? You can also get a DUI if you drink alcohol and ride your bike. One other big takeaway – motorists need to see you. Being visible at all times should be a key part of your safety strategy.  Read more from Eliza here.


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