6th Annual Christmas Light Ride!  Saturday, December 16

6th Annual Christmas Light Ride! Saturday, December 16

Please join us for our 6th Annual Christmas Light Ride!
Saturday, December 16, at 7 pm!
We will take a ride through Ivanhoe Village and College Park to take in the great light displays. Ride will be about 6 miles at a casual pace, all bikes welcome! Don’t forget to decorate your bike!
We are once again teaming up with our friends at One Heart for Women and Children, to help bring Christmas to those who might not otherwise be able to celebrate. Here are some suggestions on items the One Heart family could use:
– $5-10 gift cards for WalMart or Target
– Unwrapped toys
– Present for a teen or tween (the teens are the ones that so often get left out)
– Canned food items
Thank you for celebrating the holidays with your Retro City Cycles family, and for helping bring happier holidays to those in our local community!
Santos Trails Update!  We have started reopening the trails!

Santos Trails Update! We have started reopening the trails!

Trail Status Update!!!
Thanks to the incredible volunteers who worked on the trails this weekend, the following trails have been approved to open!

Pine tree
Magic mountain
John Brown
Blue Highway

The following trails are partially open :
Cowbone (closed between Shorty and Magic Mountain)
Vortex trail (closed between Papa Bear and Banana Hammock)

The following are closed due to flooding and fallen trees:
Bryar Patch

Every thing west of Dogbone remains closed until further notice.
Please respect the trail closures.
Watch for orange ribbons marking reroutes and closed trails.

Thank you!

Cranksgiving!!!  Saturday, November 4!

Cranksgiving!!! Saturday, November 4!

Save the date!
Cranksgiving is taking place on Saturday, November 4!
Registration starts at Retro City Cycles at 1 pm, ride starts at 1:30 pm!

What exactly is Cranksgiving?
It is an organized scavenger hut bike race that collects canned food to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank for Thanksgiving.
Registration is FREE!  You need a bike, bike lock and backpack to use while riding. Expect to spend $10-15 on canned goods.
The event IS family-friendly!  However, you are required to be 21+ years of age at the end of the race to have any alcohol.

So far, we have these amazing sponsors on board!  Thank you!!!
Outfront Media
Nora’s Sugar Shack
Tim’s Wine Market
Ten 10 Brewing
World of Beer

We look forward to seeing you November 4!
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is coming up on Saturday, October 7, 8:30 am-1 pm!

Bring your young mountain bikers to the Santos Trailhead for a great day of skills, guided trail rides, raffles and lunch!  All activities, including lunch, are FREE!

Register by sending an email to ocalabikepatrol@gmail.com.  See you then!

A paved trail is being built at the Santos Trailhead!

A paved trail is being built at the Santos Trailhead!

Huge news!
The Santos Trailhead is not only home to hiking, equestrian and mountain bike trails and a campground… we are now getting a paved trail!  The first leg of the trail will be 10 miles, going from the Santos Trailhead to the Landbridge Trailhead.  It is nice and shaded, and will be paved in about a month!  The next leg of the trail will work to link it to other paved trails… how exciting!!
Stay tuned for updates!
To celebrate our paved trail, Greenway Bikes will be adding road bikes and hybrids to our rental fleet… perfect for riding the new trail!
Bicycle Safety in Orlando

Bicycle Safety in Orlando

Orlando is one of the most dangerous cities for bicyclists in the nation. To be sure, a Dangerous by Design study listed Orlando-Kissimmee as the most dangerous city for those who walk or bike outside, based on the area’s lack of pedestrian/bike-infrastructure, lack of adequate spending and enforcement of laws, and lack of programs designed to improve safety. As such, if you live in the Orlando area and travel by bicycle, it is extremely important that you exercise caution when doing so. Here are some tips for safe riding:

Wear the Proper Gear
Wearing the right gear as a bicyclist is of the utmost importance. Not only does wearing the right gear help drivers of motor vehicles see you, but it also reduces your chances of suffering severe injuries in the event that you are in a crash. Proper gear and clothing for riding includes:

  • Close-toed shoes;
  • Bright colored clothing;
  • A reflective vest or clothing equipped with built in reflectors or reflective tape; and
  • A Department of Transportation-approved, properly fitting, helmet.

Wearing a helmet while riding is arguable the most important safety precaution you can take. You should also ensure that your bike is equipped with a light and reflector.

Avoid Traffic When Possible
If you can avoid traffic to get to your destination, do so; the more highly congested with vehicles an area is, the greater your risk of being involved in an accident. If bike lanes are not available, try to avoid riding. While you have the right to ride in the road, doing so is not always within your best interest. If there is a less congested route or a way to get to your location through the neighborhoods, choose this area instead.

Always Pay Attention
As a cyclist, you may assume that other drivers are paying attention and see you. However, this is not always the case, as drivers are often distracted. Distracted driving is especially dangerous for cyclists who are traveling straight when a driver wants to make a right-hand turn, as the driver may fail to see the cyclist and stop for them. As a cyclists, always assume that drivers do not see you, and make eye contact before traveling through an intersection or biking in front of a driveway with a vehicle. Making eye contact could save your life.

Understand Your Rights and Responsibilities
As a cyclist, you also have an obligation to understand your responsibilities (and your rights) when riding, and knowing your responsibilities can help you to be a safer rider. For example, Florida code prohibits cyclists from carrying more than one person at a time, requires that those persons under the age of 16 always wear a helmet, requires bicyclist to yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and certain areas of the roadway, and requires a bicycle to be equipped with brakes (amongst other things).

If you are involved in a crash, you also have rights. One of those rights is the right to file a claim with the insurance company of the driver who hit you, or to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured in a bicycle crash, it is important to take action quickly.

Bike Safely in Orlando and Don’t Hesitate to Contact an Orlando Bicycle Attorney for Help
Bike riding is a great way to be outside, exercise, and help to protect the planet. However, cyclists should always prioritize the safety tips above in order to reduce the risk of a collision. If you have been injured in a wreck, consider calling an Orlando personal injury attorney for immediate assistance.