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Posted by on Aug 19, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Bike Buses to Climate Action Day Events

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central_florida_veg_fest_2009_web_poster_m8piAs part of the 350.org International Day of Climate Action on October 24, Florida Bicycle Association is teaming up with Central Florida Veg Fest to run “Bike Buses” from around Orlando to the festival at Loch Haven Park.  Help out by “driving” a Bike-Bus and show Central Florida how human power can replace fossil fuel and help cut greenhouse gas emissions.  The Florida Renewable Energy Expo will also be held on the 24th next door at the Orlando Science Center. This year’s Pedal 4 Pride ride will be one of the Bike-Buses.

Rusted Chain Bike Collective will head up the Bike Valet service to keep bikes secure.

bikebuslogosWhat is a Bike-Bus you ask? Simple: a ride leader or small group of cyclists starts at a predetermined place and time and follows a predetermined route, picking up other bicyclists along the way at “bus stops” – just as a regular bus does.

Figuring that some people will want to buy something at Veg Fest and might not be able to carry it home with them on their bikes, we’ll also offer a cargo bike service.

Volunteers still needed > MORE INFO

For more information:

How to Ride the Bike-Bus

  • The idea of a Bike-Bus is safety in numbers. Staying together is the key, both for safety and to ensure nobody gets dropped and possibly lost. It is not a race!
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order! If you haven’t ridden it for a while it might be a good idea to take it to a local bike shop for a check-up and to air-up the tires.
  • Get to your stop a few minutes early, just in case we’re running a bit ahead of schedule.
  • You may join the bus anywhere along the route, but it will only slow down and look for riders at the scheduled stops.
  • The bike-bus will not stop! It will slow down as it passes. Pull out into the roadway behind it. The bus driver will
    be at the back to greet you and will give you a few pointers on how things will operate.
  • Keep at least a full bike length between your front wheel and the rear wheel of the rider ahead of you.
  • When the bike-bus makes a left turn on a road with more than one lane in each direction, the driver will call out when to change lanes. Be sure to check over your shoulder before changing lanes.
  • When the bus driver (in the rear) calls out a turn or command, yell it forward so the riders in the front are sure to hear it.
  • If you are riding in the front and encounter a road hazard (pothole, drain grate, stick…), move well away from it, point and alert the riders behind you.
  • If you are struggling to keep the pace, please tell the bus driver so the group can slow a little.
  • Your bike-bus will depart Veg Fest from the same location at which it arrived.

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2 Comments

  1. I’m looking forward to this.

  2. I hope the momentum makes this a great event.