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Happy Florida Bike Month!

March is Florida Bike Month (Governor DeSantis proclamation), and now more than any time in recent history, we have reason to celebrate it. More and more people are getting back on their bikes and realizing that one of the best ways to get around is on two wheels.

Watch our social media throughout the month of March for regular updates on safety tips, fun facts and ideas for showing your pedaling pride!

Get your wheels turning for Florida Bike Month

You’re asking yourself:  What’s the best way for me to celebrate Florida Bike Month on my bicycle? We’re here to help. Following are a few ideas to get you and your friends even more active in bicycling this month and beyond.

The North Lake Apopka Trail, one of Sheri’s favorite places to ride.

Also, we want to share how you’re enjoying Florida Bike Month. So take tons of photos and share with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #iBikeWalkCFL and #FLBikeMonth. P.S: Like and follow us on social media, if you haven’t already.

How to celebrate Florida Bike Month

  • Share your ride

There are so many amazing places to ride in Central Florida, and we’d like to hear about your favorite route and encourage more people to get out and ride. Send us pictures of you on your favorite ride, send a screenshot or link to the map of the route and we’ll compile and share them with others. Send them to [email protected]

Or snap a photo and share your favorite #bikeselfie. We’ll gather the photos for a montage to be shared soon. Follow our social media to see the great shots. Sent to [email protected]

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  • Ride someplace new

Ride a local bike trail you haven’t been on before or check out a new route. Here’s a link to trails and routes around Central Florida and the State.

Link to trails, maps, routes

  • Brush up on your trail etiquette and bicycling skills

If you love riding the many trails in Central Florida as much as we do, you’ll want to do your part to keep everyone enjoying them safely. Here are some simple tips to help whether you’re biking, running or walking.

Or consider enrolling in a CyclingSavvy class for best practices for cycling wherever you ride.

Multi-use Trail Etiquette Article

  • Go on a social ride (socially-distanced, of course) 

Go on a social bike ride i.e. Critical Mass or Florida Freewheelers or with any number of other great club listed on our resources page.

  • Get out of the car line and get on your bikes

    Biking to school is one of the best ways to start the day, for children and parents!

Do you have a child in school? With so many of us working remotely, it’s the perfect time to make riding to school with our children a habit. Even if you can’t do it every day, commit to a day or two each week to ride with your child to and from school instead of sitting in the car line. Not only is it good for everyone’s health, these little moments together are priceless. 

  • Help organize a bike-to-school day at your local school

Take it one step farther and contact your school about volunteering to help coordinate Bike-to-School Day on May 5. It’s an easy way to show your children and neighbors how marvelous a quick trip on your bike to get the day started can be. Need help or ideas? Here’s a link to get you rolling.

  • You aren’t stuck in traffic, you are traffic: Don’t be.

Challenge yourself to bike somewhere you might have driven this month

Challenge yourself to commute at least once a week this month via bike. Bike to a date, a neighbor’s driveway BBQ, school, the farmer’s market, the bank, the bus stop, a SunRail station, etc. Where ever you need to go, ride your bike instead of driving your car. You’ll be glad you did. Click here for some tips or encouragement to get started. 

  • Be a squeaky wheel for bicycling safety and infrastructure

You can be the squeaky wheel who gets attention for bicycling safety improvements in Florida. Become an advocate for bicycling safety and infrastructure improvements.

Ask your Florida House Representative/Senator to support and/or co-sponsor legislation to improve bicycling safety. The Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) is currently asking representatives to expand the current “Move Over Law” to include PEOPLE. For more information on how you can help make this happen, click here.

Learn more

Or want to learn more about how to make your local streets more bike friendly? Register for FBA’s Bicycle Infrastructure 101 / FBA’s Assistance Program for Advocates. (March 12 at noon).

  • If you see something, say something…

Do you notice unsafe conditions on your regular bicycle or walking route? Let your local county know. In Orange County, call 311; in Seminole County call 407-665-ROAD (7623) or go to SeminoleCountyFL.gov; in Osceola County call 407-742-7500 or go to Osceola.org.  

  • Take the lead in encouraging new riders

Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) is offering a virtual certified Ride Leader / Ride Marshall certification classes in March and again in May. Whether you are leading a community ride, a club ride or a major charity bicycling event over multiple days, FBA has the cycling education program for you.

If you are an experienced rider, consider volunteering to lead a small group this fall in our annual Bike 5 Cities. Send us an email to [email protected] and let us know you are interested.

Did we miss anything?

Did we leave anything out that you think is a must-mention? Send us a message and let us know.

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