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CycleMania in Munn Park



The Rules, Responsibilities and Rights of Bicyclists

BikeRide_welch_54 editA panel of law enforcement officers who also enjoying riding bicycles in their free time will talk about the Florida laws as they pertain to bicyclists. Topics will include:

• Come join your fellow bicyclist to hear the answers to such questions as “What does “3 feet to pass” mean?

• Do I really need to come to a full and complete stop at a intersection if no one else is around?

• What happens if there are no sensors to pick up a bicycle at a stop light? Do I have to wait until a car comes to activate the light?

The panel will take questions from the audience.

Where and When?

Wednesday October 23rd, 7 pm Florida Southern College, Branscomb 201

Photo (c) 2012 by Chuck Welch. Used with permission.


Cyclist Killed on Lake Hollingsworth Drive

ghostAccording to reports, this evening Byers Levy, 59, was struck and killed while riding on Lake Hollingsworth Road at Fairhaven Drive.

Lakeland Police say a white Toyota Camry driven by 74-year-old Ronald Akins was traveling northbound when witnesses say he lost control of his car and ran off the roadway. Akins reportedly veered back into the roadway, crossing into the opposite lane, but not before he struck Byers Levy with his front bumper.

Levy reportedly tried to evade the impact, but was unable to do so. He was ejected from the bicycle. — WTSP

As additional information becomes available, BikeLakeland will share it here.

• Update: Sep 9, 9 am

Bent’s to host Memorial Ride September 9th in honor of Byers Levy.

• Update: Sep 10, 4 pm

Memorial Ride on September 16

Photo Illustration by Salim Virji


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.