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BikeLakeland Communications Policy

Dual_Logo_med* – Our primary outbound information tool is through our website,

This site is the only official reflection of our vision, mission and policies. Here we will share long form articles written by BikeLakeland board members. We’ll also encourage area cyclists and bike-related businesses to contribute to our “Bikes and Business” column.

* — Our secondary outbound information tool is our Facebook page:

We share pertinent cycling-related information focused exclusively on BikeLakeland policy, bicycling advocacy, bike safety education and links to local and national mainstream news articles promoting bicycling. We also use Facebook to poll the general public on bike-related questions.

Our Facebook Post Policy:

We will post:

* – Links to local, regional, state and national mainstream news articles on bicycle policy – including articles on infrastructure, bicycling advocacy, and bicycling trends.

* – Links to articles written by board members.

* – Photos of bicyclists and bike-related infrastructure

* – reminders for BikeLakeland events, including the Monthly Social Ride and the annual BikeFest

Others may post –

* – All those who “Like” the BikeLakeland page may post Lakeland-area bike-related content (rides, bike business news, etc.) that will be featured in the “Recent Posts by Others” area on the BikeLakeland Facebook page.

* – BikeLakeland reserves to remove or hide any and all posts/comments made on the BikeLakeland Facebook page.


* – Our primary outbound communications tool is email. We use it sparingly for time-sensitive announcements. All board members use BikeLakeland email addresses to communicate organization-related questions and concerns to local government, businesses and citizens. To contact the board by email please use board [at]

Media and Government Contact

* – To ensure we accurately present BikeLakeland policies, all news-media requests are to be sent to the BikeLakeland president and only the president may speak for BikeLakeland. Please contact Julie Townsend: president [at]

* – Only the president, or the board designee, will speak to government officials about BikeLakeland policy or concerns.


Polk County Transit and BeFly Partner to Improve Commuter Cycling

BeFly and Polk TransitBikeLakeland encourages the expansion of commuter cycling and would like to give kudos to Polk County Transit and BeFly Bike Tours on their recent partnership. From The Ledger report:

Polk County Transit has created a new partnership with BeFly Bike Tours to give whoever rents a bike a free 24-hour day pass.

The partnership becomes finalized after a ribbon-cutting at the Downtown Lakeland Bus Terminal at 200 N. Florida Ave. at 10 a.m. Tues­day.

“There’s so many different ways to see the city on bicycle, and now riding the bus will make it so much easier and user-friendly,” said Beth Geohagan, owner of BeFly Bike Tours.

BikeLakeland President Julie Townsend and board member Rick Perez were on hand to welcome the new partnership.

• Photo by Julie Townsend


Goodbye, Hello

Dual_Logo_medThis is Chuck Welch and this is my last post as “BikeLakeland.”

I wrote my first post about biking in Lakeland in 2006. By 2010, we had started BikeLakeland. Our first goal was to raise funds and place bike racks in Downtown Lakeland. Accomplishing that we set our sights on getting the city recognized as a Bicycle Friendly City by the the League of American Bicyclists.

We reached that goal last year. Then we worked to establish monthly social rides and a yearly BikeBash. Both goals were met.

Through all that, we worked with the city to advocate improved conditions for bicyclists. That’s a never-ending process.

I leave Lakeland next week. To continue the work of BikeLakeland we’ve put together our inaugural board:

Julie Townsend, Tammy Wright, Mary Crowe, Abhishek Mukherjee, Rick Perez and Ron Tomlin.

Each person on the board has extensive experience in cycling and community organization.

I will serve on the board via email and social media until the group reaches their next major goal: to set BikeLakeland as a 501c3 organization.

With your help, BikeLakeland will continue to work hard to improve bicycling conditions and opportunities for all any cyclists.

Thank you for your help these past few years. I promise you nothing we accomplished would have been possible without your support.


Mark Your Calendars for BikeBash13!

Dual_Logo_medIn 2012, Lakeland was named a Bicycle Friendly City and we’re out to make it friendlier.

The first Lakeland bicycle information fair will be held April 27th, 2013.

Made possible by the City of Lakeland, BikeLakeland and Lakeland’s bike businesses and cycling groups, the fair will touch on all things cycling. Whether you’re looking for opportunities for social or exercise rides or to tap into local resources, BikeBash13 will have something for every rider’s needs. Here’s a sample of what to expect…

The Info:

Take new bikes for a spin and learn about bike maintenance with Lakeland’s bike shop representatives.

Get the details about Lakeland’s urban and off-road bike trails from City staff.

Connect to area cycling groups to find rides that fit your lifestyle and schedule.

Speak with representatives of Lakeland’s cycling advocacy community and help shape the direction we’ll take in 2014.

The Arts:

Children can have fun in the kids’ craft tent while you visit the information booths.

Two Urban Art rides will lead riders to Lakeland’s downtown public art.

Bring in your decorated bike for a chance to win the inaugural Lakeland BikeStyle award.*

Or, if you like to dress up in Cycle Chic, you may have a chance at the first Lakeland RiderStyle award.*

The Ride:

To open the BikeBash, the Lakeland Police Department will lead city commissioners and the public on a slow ride from Downtown Lakeland to Lake Hollingsworth and back.

The Freebies:

The first 100 children will be fitted with new helmets donated by the Florida Department of Transportation. If you already have a helmet, staff will make sure it fits correctly.

While they last, the City of Lakeland will hand out bike lights, reflectors and other bike accessories for the kids.

The Details:

Saturday, April 27th from 10 am – 2pm at the Bay Street Parking lot (Bay Street and Tennessee Avenue)

Those participating in the morning Commissioner Ride are asked to gather at Bay Street and Tennessee between 8:45 and 9:00 am. The ride should take approximately one hour and is a no drop ride.

Made possible by:

BikeLakeland, The City of Lakeland, Florida Department of Transportation and the Lakeland Police Department

BeFly, Bike Tours, Bent’s Cycling, Bike Barn, David’s World Cycle, LeRoy’s Bikeworks and Road & Trail Bicycles

Polk Area Bike Association, Florida Bicycling Association, Ridge Riders and VeloSwan

* — All entrants will be photographed during the BikeBash. Winners will be announced on on May 10th.

BikeBash13 Details (PDF)