Central Florida residents are invited to join the City of Orlando’s 18th annual Bike to Work event as part of its Go DTO initiative.

Participants who join Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer at 8 a.m. Friday will help kick off National Bike Month as they pedal 2.5 miles from Orlando Festival Park to Orlando City Hall.

Riders will receive free coffee and bike tune-ups. Raffle prizes and medals for the largest teams will be awarded following the ride.

Since 2003, the city has encouraged biking by investing in urban trails, bike repair stations and green bike lanes. It also added a bike share program, where people can rent bikes at Juice Bike Share hubs throughout the city.

Orlando is home to more than 360 miles of urban trails, signed routes and lanes created specifically for biking, with more than 40 miles of those off streets.

Registration for Bike to Work Day begins at 7 a.m. and bikers will start the ride at 8 a.m. and end about a half hour later. Bikers can register online at Bike.GoDTO.org. or the morning of the ride at Orlando Festival Park, 2911 East Robinson Street.

The Bike to Work Day ride starts at Orlando Festival Park on Robinson Street and heads west into downtown, turning south onto Orange Avenue and ending at city hall.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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