Bike to Work Day and Group Ride attract nearly 200

They came in lycra – and  ties (well, not in the same outfit).  There were college professors, librarians, retired executives, engineers and accountants. And all of them came together for the love of biking. Click here to see event photos.

“We are thrilled with the turnout both for the afternoon ride and more importantly with the number of folks who also biked to work – close to 200 in all,” said Jill Hamilton Buss, executive director of Healthy Central Florida.  “We heard stories of riders coming from as far away as Apopka and Orlando. And for many, this is not a one-day event but how they commute to work.  It’s a growing movement.”

Rollins professor, Bruce Stephenson, a well-known scholar on urban planning, recently returned from Portland, Oregon.  He gets the prize for coming the furthest to participate.  Dr. Stephenson no longer owns a car and always commutes by bike to work from his home in Baldwin Park.

The event saw hundreds of riders riding to and from work in Winter Park and to offices all over Central Florida.  In the afternoon approximately 150 biking enthusiasts came together for the Group Ride and many stayed for a healthy, happy hour afterwards at the Park Social.  Special thanks to the City of Winter Park, which operated a free bike valet so riders could enjoy dining and shopping along Park Avenue after the festivities ended.

This annual event was co-sponsored by Healthy Central Florida and the Winter Park Transportation Advisory Board (TAB).  The Chairman of the TAB, David Erne, works for Bonnier Corporation, located in the Winter Park Village.  The magazine publishing company took the top prize for having the most riders and was crowned the most bike-friendly company.  They will be featured in an ad in the Winter Park Maitland Observer and will receive a free breakfast for 30, along with chair massage and goodies for all – courtesy of Healthy Central Florida.  The event also received support from the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Florida Blue, the Winter Park Health Foundation and Florida Hospital.

If you missed Bike to Work Day, mark your calendar for a fun regional bike ride coming up on May 6th.  Stay tuned – more details soon!
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