Biking Definitely Works in Winter Park – #Bike2WorkWP
On a warm, breezy afternoon, nearly 140 people gathered for the 2nd Annual Group Ride in celebration of Bike to Work Day in Winter Park. Representing nearly two dozen organizations, the flotilla of colorful bikes and riders caravanned through some of Winter Park’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The four-mile route took riders along lakes and canals and past stately homes and parks.
Some biked to work and then rode to the afternoon event, like Jamie Krzeminski, an engineer who lives in Winter Park and frequently rides to his office in downtown Orlando. Others brought their bikes on racks and it’s rumored that some even rode SunRail to the event.
“We were able to experience the breathtaking beauty of Winter Park while having meaningful conversations about alternative transportation,” said Micki Meyer, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Rollins College. “Healthy Central Florida and the city organized an incredible event that inspired many of us to think about our health and the environment. Plus it was just fun!”
Another rider echoed the theme of fun. “Biking may be healthy and green, but it’s also just plain fun,” said David Erne, in finance at Bonnier Corporation and chairman of the Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Board for the City of Winter Park, which co-sponsored the event with Healthy Central Florida. “It makes you feel like a kid again!”
Bike Friendly Company Challenge
Many riders participated as part of a company/organization team. Winning this year’s title as the most Bike-Friendly Company, by virtue of having the most riders is…Rollins College!
Rollins has won a prize package including a catered breakfast for up to 30 people, Fitbit Flex to use for employee wellness and they’ll be featured in an ad in the Winter Park Maitland Observer. The new president of Rollins College, Grant Cornwell, was unable to ride with the Rollins team, but his wife, Peg, was happy to substitute. She said that she rides her bike almost daily around Winter Park and loves our warm weather (having recently relocated from Ohio).
Although Bike to Work Day is over, residents are encouraged to keep riding. Many workplaces already observe “casual Friday” – why not also make Fridays healthy and fun? Healthy Central Florida suggests building on the momentum of Bike to Work Day and continuing bike commuting at area workplaces. This is a great time to join the healthy, green movement!
We encourage commuters to share their stories with Healthy Central Florida. Each commuter selected will receive a $25 Sports Authority gift certificate if their story is featured. (We’ll write it for you!)
Congratulations to Rollins College and to all the riders. And special thanks to the City of Winter Park, the Winter Park Police and Fire Department and to Park Social, for hosting the after-party and social gathering.