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BikeLakeland: The New (Old) Direction

Dear Lakeland Cyclists,

BikeLakeland was founded to be an advocate for cyclists of all stripes, but our focus was always the cycling commuters and recreational cyclists. We’re proud of our work helping to establish bike parking in downtown Lakeland, our part helping Lakeland get named a League of American Bicylists Bicycle Friendly City, and as a co-sponsor of Lakeland’s BikeBash.

But we’ve been quiet these past few months. It was intentional. We wanted to make a change.

Gone were the days we could attend every city meeting that concerned cycling. We no longer wanted to organize social rides or events. We felt there were other voices that wanted to step up.

So we decided to retool; to refocus.

We’re going back to our roots: presenting information that speaks to our core focus: improving the experience for the bicycle commuter.

BikeLakeland charges no dues and has no membership requirements. Simply follow us here and on Facebook. We promise to post informative and thought-provoking cycling articles that speak to our core values. We hope they help you, and the community, continue to enjoy a Bicycle Friendly City.

But we should not be your only cycling advocate. There are many philosophies in the cycling world and it’s a rare group that encompasses all needs. We encourage you to investigate other cycling groups.

Here’s two newer Lakeland groups we feel are working to improve the community:

Bicyling in Lakeland

Lakeland Critical Mass

Each has a distinct view toward improving cycling and we applaud their efforts. It’s a great time to be a cyclist.


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.


Social Ride on the Fort Fraser Trail

oct21rideEach month (weather permitting) BikeLakeland organizes a Social Ride. For the month of October , Road & Trail Bicycles will host the October 21st BikeLakeland Social Ride.

We’ll leave from Road & Trail and cross 98 to get on the Fort Fraser Trail for a ride into Bartow.

It will be a 12 mile round trip mostly on the trail.

The plan is to cross 60 at the signal light on Wilson Ave and ride into downtown Bartow with a stop at Palace Pizza.


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



As part of our mission, BikeLakeland will occasionally support and promote petitions to local, regional or state authorities. Please take a moment to read information about the following petitions and sign them if you agree with their intent…

Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

The Florida Legislature can enhance the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists by supporting the Aaron Cohen Law. If passed, this law would increase the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident (LSA) to be more commensurate with the penalties for DUI. —

The petition: The Florida Legislature: Enact the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act to Discourage Leaving the Scene of an Accident at

Federal Funding for the Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federally funded competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to agencies of city, county, state or federal governments, and organizations, approved by the State, or state and federally recognized Indian tribal governments, for the development of recreational trails, trailheads and trailside facilities. — Florida DEP

In 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott had our state opt-out of receiving the funds for RTP. There are reports that he may do so again. BikeLakeland is asking that you lend your voice requesting the Governor accept the funds for this important program.

You may sign a pledge at People for Bikes or send a letter (suggested text).