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Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

I added a set of bike lights to my bike, front and back so I can continue to ride even if it gets dark while I am out riding. #BikeLightsAtNigh

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Raymond Polakowski #bikeLightsAtNight I have a large light attached to my backpack that can be set to be one or to blink. I have multiple refl... read more

Chelsea, great question. Please see the photos. #BikeLightsAtNight

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Sanibel has bike paths! Separate 8 ft wide bike paths all over the island, parallel to the roads. I always feel safe!

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Bright clothes are a must! Reflectors too! And definitely lights on a bike. I always wanted lights on the tires! #BikeLightsAtNight

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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12 friends on Bikes/Trikes formed a ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 3/17/21. We decorated on another’s bikes& trikes and rode through the neighborhoods for a delightful memory, GREAT FUN and EXERCISE.

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Thanksgiving Day 2020 I borrowed a friend’s adult trike; I was amazed ... the wind in my hair; the freedom to travel distances I was unable to walk (diabetic neuropathy Issues in my feet) Three d... read more

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December 2020 I purchased my adult tricycle Thanksgiving Day I rode my friend #1Marty’s adult tricycle 3 days later I ordered my own #2Deborah and #3...I started riding together throughout ou... read more

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I have 2 bikes, a commuter/tourer and a road bike. I love to ride the trail and can hardly wait to use it to ride to work when the rest of the trail, north east of my home. Right now I ride the tra... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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The area where I was a teenager consisted of suburban areas all interconnected. To be able to visit with friends in the summer, we rode our bikes to one another’s homes or met at local parks. Wonde... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I Ride because 17 Years Later and I am Still Cancer Free!!! I love nature and nothing beats riding in the Tampa Bay Area. So many options for riding and paths to choose from. From Seaside/baysid... read more

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Michael Childs Remarkable story Jarad! Each day is a gift isn't it?

Any day I get to cycle with my beautiful wife is a blessed day! She gives me inspiration and has shown me time and time again what joy it is to be outdoors enjoying nature and each other. I'm eve... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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A fun recent riding memory is an early morning (before work) ride from Mead Gardens to Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park. I live next door to Mead Gardens, and Kraft Azalea Garden is a beautiful ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I was inspired to start riding in September of 2019 from a simple post of a friend and his bike. Bringing it back a few years I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in June of 2016. Things that we... read more

Topic: Other

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Jerry James Wow, thanks for sharing your moving story. I was diagnosed with Parkinsons four years ago. I too have trouble walking and c... read more
Noemi Arroyo Amazing! Congratulations on your progress.

In October 2020 I joined the love to ride florida Challenge. I was inspired by the organizations objective of promoting cycling for health and environmental considerations. During the month long ch... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Courtney Reynolds Nic, you have WOW'd me this whole past month! Thank you so much for everything you did to make this challenge a success!

In early May, my fiancé and I decided to get ahead of the uncertainty 2020. We saddled up and biked to the court house to get a marriage license. We arranged for a family friend to solemnize our ma... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Donna Na Quin Congratulations
Courtney Reynolds I'm not crying, you're crying.

I have had a love hate relationship with bikes my whole life. When I was three, I split my tongue open after crashing my tricycle which then required stiches. When I was 8, I broke my left arm af... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Kari Fowler Biking with your loved ones is a wonderful way to spend time together!

Today the whole family braved some blustery winds from TS Eta and trekked to the local grocery store and picked up lunch from a local restaurant. The stores are actually really close to our home, b... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Poorna Bhattacharya Thank you for sharing the spirit of Mobility Week!

Spent the day @ Arcadia's BikeFest - that's motorcycles - sharing safe cycling tips and talking to parents and children about wearing helmets correctly. Thanks to Denise McCalister from MADD for sh... read more

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While biking can be a joy for individuals and families, biking can also be a joy for our furry friends. Our goldendoodle, Gatsby, loves when we take him along on bike rides. We do so at a pace th... read more

Topic: Other

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Kari Fowler I haven't been able to get my dog to slow down enough yet for me to be comfortable taking her out on the trails. She pulls ... read more

Biking has been a means for us to get outside and still be socially distant ..... keep on riding! #mobilityweekfl

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I’m so excited! This morning I earned the Flat Fixer badge. Sadly, that also meant I earned a Flat Fixer badge... #MobilityWeekFL

Topic: My commute by bike

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Chelsea Alventosa Me too :( I didn't fix it myself though, good on you!
Kari Fowler Ha! I love it (speaking as one who has also earned that badge)!

A few times each week we load the bike up with a bucket and trash grabber and ride to the beach and pick up trash. Sometimes the view is the reward!

Topic: Other

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For many years, I have been biking, averaging around 100-120 miles a month. With the arrival of COVID restriction, which limited many of my usual activities, I decided to shift my time toward mo... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Marta NELSON Love Ybor City

Any day - any amount of miles - is a good day in the saddle. Anytime outside is a good day in the saddle. Get out of the house - look up - saddle up, and enjoy the ride!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I get up and think,”Do I ride to work or not”. Well a few thinks come into my mind. First is it going to rain, second, where do I have to be today and those are just a few things that race through ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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I have strip lights to be seen I have been hit numerous times so I make sure they see me #BikeLightsAtNight

Topic: Other

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I started biking regularly during the past 14 months to get out of the house. I begin to feel so much better and I wasn’t feeling bad before 😂. Then bike riding became important for my health. Now ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I love riding my bike around the neighborhood. I get to see all my neighbor's that have been in there homes since a year ago. I try to spread happiness.

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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I get so bored with the same scenery, basically my subdivision scenery, that it discourages me to ride. I finally got a bike rack/gear & can now explore places you all have mentioned here!

Topic: Other

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I recently had the misfortune of being hit off my bike by a car. The bruises and scrapes healed fairly quickly and fortunately I walked (hobbled) away with nothing broken! The bike, however, was no... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Zeke Lewandowski So glad you recovered well!

My friends in the neighborhood... Encouraging fun and EXERCISE.. LAUGH A LOT!

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Mary Singleton Another post disappeared and video failed to post😏

I rode a bike everywhere as a kid, but put it aside after college. I was a runner for 35+ years. I began riding again to give my feet a chance to recover from plantar fasciitis and got hooked. So m... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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I've been biking around the neighborhood at night after work hours. It's a nice way to end the day. I need to double up my front white lights to help see the roadway better. #BikeLightsAtNight

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I grew up using a bike for transportation in my Alva neighborhood. Later on, I spent my teens going to Caloosahatchee Regional Park to hone my single track off-road biking skills. I didn’t do much ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I ride for those that have died. I have been riding and fundraising for fallen officers for the last 5 years. Through Law Enforcement United and the Police Unity Tour. This September, I will be ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Love to Ride invites us to tell our story: My first bike was one my younger brothers and I assembled out of neighborhood scrap bike parts. I would have been about 14; just in my 2nd decade of ... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Chelsea Alventosa I love this!! Thank you for sharing :)
Ronda Campbell Mary, when I think of how happy riding your bike makes you and how you've encouraged so many others to get bikes and ride, ... read more

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” How many chances do we have to give this gift or even more... read more

Topic: Other

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You’re out there most days. You’re too old and your bike is too big for training wheels. You’re all over the trail because you can’t keep that bike in a straight line. Your mom and dad... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Courtney Reynolds Just beautiful. So much open-hearted gratitude and respect in this post ... thank you!
David Borges I feel the same, react similar and my destination will always be there whenever I get there. When I see 'strava' stats for... read more

This challenge and participation by the Osceola Riders Team finally took our family to the bike shop. Our bikes need new tires, etc. so, I'm hoping to get them back this week. While we've waited ... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Some times loving yourself means solo rides with you & your first true love... Your bicycle ❤️

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Fall has arrived and we are out and about! #MobilityWeekFL

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Courtney Reynolds Such cuties!
Poorna Bhattacharya Awesome! Thank you for posting.

My son and I tried something new! The woods are a very different place to ride a bike, so why not try it? There are lots of twist and turns with nature surrounding us. Try going off the ramps at fu... read more

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Plain and simple. I love biking and I love animals! While I enjoy the thrill of a fast paced ride, the rides I love the most are those that involve animals and the beauty of nature. I'm blessed to ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Jill Murphy #mobilityweekfl

I love to ride at night with my daughter! It gets us out of the house for some exercise, after a long day of digital school, and gives us a chance to talk. We also have fun brightening up the neigh... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Sadly it had been months since I had ridden my bike. But today to celebrate #MobilityWeekFL I decided to take a quick trip on one of my favorite routes to check out the construction progress to fil... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Working for home has meant the only time of the day I normally leave my house is during a recreational bike ride. I've always been motivated to ride from A to B (to work, to the grocery store), ho... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Every year for the past 4 years I have participated in #MobilityWeekFL and Bike to Work Day with my company. We look forward to it every year, because its such a fun way to start the day. Because w... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Right before the pandemic, my sister and I traveled to Key West for the weekend. Not only was it both of our first times on bikes in a long time, but it was also the first time we had biked togethe... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Any day - any amount of miles - is a good day in the saddle. Anytime outside is a good day in the saddle. Get out of the house - look up - saddle up, and enjoy the ride!

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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