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12
Sep

Welcome Gigi, Celso, Haru and Sophie!

As you move about Downtown you may notice that some yellow curlicues have sprouted on select street corners. The 3′ tall metal culicues are bike racks sponsored by the BikeLakeland initiative. The private organization chose downtown as the starting point in its effort to establish Lakeland as a “bike friendly” city.

BikeLakeland is a group of bicycling enthusiasts in Lakeland, Florida. Our group believes strongly that Lakeland can become one of Florida’s premier bike friendly communities. The BikeLakeland mission is to bring together Lakeland area bicyclists, business people, and city employees to increase awareness to effect positive change for bicycle riders in this area.

The four downtown bike racks are the “sons and daughters” of Cindi the Cyclist and her partner BikeLakeland. Cindi is the artistic bike rack located in Munn Park across from Nathan’s Mens Store. To make the downtown racks easier to find, they’re all painted yellow.

Playfully named like Cindi, the racks are “Gigi” (Kentucky at Traders Alley), “Celso” (Lemon at Kentucky), “Haru” (Tennessee at Main), and “Sophie” (Pine at Tennessee). A fifth bike rack is planned, but the committee chose to delay the installation in hopes of getting public feedback about the best location for the last Downtown rack.

In addition to the work of the many members of BikeLakeland, generous donations were made by Spring Obsession and CSX. Donations to BikeLakeland are channeled through the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland and can be made online at http://BikeLakeland.com.

BikeLakeland is a true public-private partnership. The organization consists of interested citizens and city staff who volunteer their time. Community Development staff guided the bike rack project through City Hall, and Public Works donated labor for the installation.

BikeLakeland would like to thank the following city employees who gave their time and expertise to make these bike racks possible: Tamara Sakagawa, Nicole Travis, Chuck Barmby, Rick Lilyquist, David Uria, Mike Whigham, Warren Bryant, Pam Page, Kim Stopiak, and Manuel Fields.

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6
Sep

It’s a Girl (Bike Rack)!

gigiBikeLakeland is happy to announce the placement of their first bike rack downtown. “Gigi” was installed this morning at 9:16 am at 233 North Kentucky Avenue (the Southeast corner of Traders Alley and North Kentucky Ave.). Three additional racks will be installed today — weather permitting.

We’ll have a more formal “thank you” later today, but we wanted to send special thanks this morning to Spring Obsession for giving BikeLakeland their first donation and to Tamara Sakagawa, who guided the bike rack project through City Hall.


2
Jun

BikeLakeland First Friday Bicycle Night

24
May

Donating Now Could Save Your Bike in the Future

BikeLakeland is a group of bicycling enthusiasts in Lakeland, Florida. Our group believes strongly that Lakeland can become one of Florida’s premier bike friendly communities. There are so many unique attractions in our city that can be enjoyed by riding and walking. BikeLakeland’s goal is to make the experience even better. Our bike-friendly weather and bike trails are just our start toward achieving that goal. The BikeLakeland mission is to bring together Lakeland area bicyclists, business people, city employees, and increase awareness to effect positive change for bicycle riders in this area.

We’ve identified an accessible first goal. Lakeland lacks adequate bike parking to keep our bikes locked safely. BikeLakeland is working to alleviate that problem. Our goal is to raise funds to build at least 5 bike racks in Downtown Lakeland.

In coordination with the City of Lakeland Community Planning and Public Works Departments, we have identified handy potential rack sites throughout downtown. Working with local fabricators BikeLakeland is constructing racks that are visible, inexpensive, secure, accessible and attractive.

Designed to fully compliment and blend into the existing street structures, these bike racks will be attractive and functional additions to our city. They’ll send a powerful message that Lakeland’s downtown merchants welcome bicyclists. Families and individual riders will be able to enjoy the amenities our downtown offers, from the Frances Langford Promenade to Munn Park to the Kentucky shops and restaurants to the Lemon Street Promenade. To purchase and install each multi-bike rack costs less than $1000. Our goal is to raise $10,000.

“We receive and use 100% of funds donated by check to CFGL for BikeLakeland. If you’d like to donate now by credit card please follow this link, but please be aware that 3% your donation will be charged against your card for processing.”

If you’d prefer to donate by fully-deductible check, please make it out to the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland with “BikeLakeland” in the memo and mail it to:

Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland
1501 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33803

Thank you,

Tammy Wright
Fundraising Chair, BikeLakeland

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23
Mar

BikeLakeland is Branching Out

In addition to BikeLakeland.com you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

You won’t yet find a lot of content at Flickr and YouTube. We’re working on it…