In an effort to promote bicycling in our target communities and to help families discover bike-friendly routes, the Winter Park Health Foundation provided a grant to Bike/Walk Central Florida to plan a regional bike ride and unique bike events in four cities on Saturday, May 6. All activities are free and open to the public.
In the first ever ‘Bike 5 Cities’ event, participants can choose the length of ride that suits their skills or abilities. The longest ride is a 28-mile loop through Winter Park, Orlando, Maitland, Casselberry and Eatonville. The route includes trails, bike lanes and roads with lower volumes of traffic.
If 28 miles is out of reach, individuals or families with children can join a shorter ride in one of the host cities – Winter Park, Maitland, Eatonville and Casselberry. Each of these municipalities will feature a shorter ride on a family-friendly route, plus activities, games, snacks and refreshments. The city rides vary in length from 2.5 miles in Eatonville to 5.5 miles in Winter Park. Free Tshirts (while supplies last) and helmet fittings are among other offerings for participants.
Some cities will have face painters, bounce houses, fire trucks, goodies and give-aways. Best of all, participants can enjoy the comfort of riding in a group on bike-friendly routes.
Additionally, bike route maps are being designed and hung on local sign posts throughout the target communities. The initial print run will include details about the May 6 event and help promote it within the communities. The maps were developed in coordination with staff in each of the cities, as well as with input from local walk/bike advocacy groups and avid cyclists.
The Bike 5 Cities event was planned through a collaboration including the Winter Park Health Foundation, Healthy Central Florida, Bike Walk Central Florida, Peloton Cyclist Club and the cities of Winter Park, Maitland, Eatonville, Casselberry and Orlando. Activities in each location will vary and are being organized by each host city. For more information, visit Bike/Walk Central Florida.