Connecting Roads Less Traveled… and Finding Shade
A few weeks ago, I commented that there is an alternative to US 17-92 through Winter Park that is quiet, scenic and certainly less intimidating. Eric asked what roads I use. I’m answering now, with a map of the bypass route I use. Just for fun, I added some other connections that I’ve made from it.
This route is an example of how small connector trails make the difference in allowing cyclists to use routes that are more pleasant than major roads. (The markers on the map indicate trail connections.) It’s not just about traffic, this time of year I go out of my way to find shade!
Notes about the route:
There are only a few North/South routes through Winter Park. The selection is further reduced by the brutal bricks. Sunnyside does have about 3 blocks of brick, less than Temple or Via Tuscany.
Denning is a wonderful bike road. It is 4-lane and almost always way below capacity. Just claim the right lane and enjoy the pleasure of an 11ft bike lane.
The section of 17-92 between Magnolia and Lake is very easy to handle if you use a green light to make the right turn. Go all the way to the left lane. It’s ~500ft to the left turn lane and you should have the road to yourself all the way, as traffic is held by the red light.
The trail that connects Lake to Central also continues into Maitland on its own right-of-way. It can get busy with pedestrian traffic around Lake Lily park, so I just use it as a connector to the street grid. Staying on Central to Packwood avoids the steep-diagonal RR crossing on Maitland Ave (many, many cyclists have crashed on those tracks). For an easier left turn (Northbound), take Sybelia to Horatio where there is a traffic light.
More notes are in Google Maps, you can see them by clicking on the markers and route lines.