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29
Nov
frances2

City Welcomes New Downtown Bike Rack as Frances Takes Residence on the Promenade

In September 2011, BikeLakeland released the news of four new bike racks placed in Downtown Lakeland:

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).

Today “Frances” joined her brothers and sisters to help cyclists find a place to park. Like the others, Frances is a 3′ tall yellow metal culicues bike racks sponsored by the BikeLakeland initiative. Unlike her siblings, Frances is not based on a street corner in the merchant district. She was placed across from the Amtrak Train Station on Main Street by the Frances Langford Promenade. She is set to serve recreational cyclists coming downtown to ride Lake Mirror or walk the promenade. She also stands as a bike-friendly beacon for visitors arriving by train.

Update: We left out a huge thank you to the City of Lakeland Public Works and Parks & Recreation staff for donating their labor and materials to install Frances!


18
Oct
Lakeland

Lakeland Named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

Lakeland has been designated a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Recognized on their first application to the League, Lakeland received kudos for their education efforts. The city now joins eight other Florida communities and over 200 communities nationwide to receive the designation by the League. Other than “bragging rights”, cities designated as bicycle friendly are provided “incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition” by the LAB. In addition to improving conditions for commuter and recreational cyclists, bicycle-friendly cities attract biking tourists and are a selling point for prospective business relocation.

What does it take to be named a bicycle-friendly community? A city must excel in five categories: Education, Engineering, Enforcement. Encouragement and Evaluation.

Education: Does the community have systems in place to train children and adult cyclists?
Engineering: Are bicyclists included in the city’s transportation plan?
Enforcement: Do police officers understand and enforce bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities?
Encouragement: Does the community participate in Bike Month, offer bike rodeos, host community bike rides, or otherwise encourage cycling?
Evaluation: Does the community have methods in place to ensure their bicyclist programs are making a difference? — League of American Bicyclists

The designation process began in March when BikeLakeland made a formal request to the City of Lakeland to spearhead the effort to apply for the Bicycle Friendly Community designation.

The BFC application process can assist and focus city bicycling efforts, provide a valuable measurement of results over time and a comparison with other communities. BikeLakeland has already started the process to gather data for the BFC application. However, a successful submission needs the City of Lakeland to serve as the prime applicant. We request your support of the BFC application and ask that you designate someone from Community Development as the city’s Bicycle Program Manager and application coordinator — BikeLakeland to Tony Delgado, March 19, 2012

The Lakeland City Commission issued a proclamation on May 21st directing staff to submit an application. While many city staff contributed to the effort, it was spearheaded by Richard Perez, a Senior Planner in the Community Development department. BikeLakeland worked with Perez to help prepare the application for the July deadline.

BikeLakeland appreciates the strong effort by city staff to improve Lakeland’s commitment to bicycling. Promoting bike lanes, improving bike trails and other initiatives make cycling easier, safer and more inclusive for all Lakeland’s citizens.

However, there is much more work to do. Being designated a Bicycle Friendly Community is not a permanent award. The designation is good for four years and must be renewed. Combine that with Lakeland’s Bronze designation, and it means we still have improvements to make. The LAB will help us identify areas in need of improvement, but we must work together as citizens and city staff to ensure improvements are made. In 2016 we can reapply and look forward to receiving an even higher designation.

Ranked 21st in the nation, Florida has nine communities designated as Bicycle Friendly. They’re listed on the League of American Bicyclists website:

16
Oct
pubandgrub

Call (863) 576-7686 for BikeLakeland Ride Information

Starting this morning you can call (863) 576-7686 for the latest BikeLakeland ride news. The recording will list our next ride date, time, and meet location.

In case of inclement weather, you can call the number to see if the ride has been cancelled. Since the weather changes so fast in Lakeland, we recommend calling about two hours before the ride.

We look forward to seeing you for our next ride!

16
Oct
pubriders

On October 22nd, BikeLakeland is Having Another Pub & Grub Ride

The Pub & Grub ride next week will take us on a different route than for our inaugural ride last month.

This month we’ll wind through the neighborhood North of Edgewood and West of New Jersey. On the return trip we’ll meander past Lake Somerset, Lake John & through Peterson Park.

Meet us at 6 pm on the 22nd at the Cleveland Heights Golf Course bike rack. (North side of the building.)

This month we’ll ride to La Porta Rossa for appetizers. La Porta Rossa will have Magic Hat #9 special draft for $.90. CHGC will again have specials for those completing the ride.

Of course, this is a no drop, leisurely speed ride. Please make sure your bike has lights. (Note: sidewalk riding is legal in Florida and anyone who chooses to ride on the sidewalk will have an escort. We really mean “no drop.”)

Tell your friends!

16
Oct
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Photos from the Opening of Edgewood Drive West

(Reprinted from All News is Local)

Looking West on Edgewood Drive West
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Bike Lanes on both sides of the new road
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CC Keith Merritt talks to City Information Director Kevin Cook before Edgewood opens.
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Kevin Cook, Former CC Glenn Higgins, Former Mayor Buddy Fletcher, City Manager Doug Thomas
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A multi-use path on the South side of the road from Hardin Blvd. to Lincoln Ave.
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Photos (c) Chuck Welch