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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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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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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

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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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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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Daniel is a 2 year old rider who grabs his bike every single day to spread joy around his neighborhood with a big smile! Riding a bike marks a magical moment during many people’s childhood... It i... read more

Topic: Other

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Emily Thompson Too cute!!!
Courtney Reynolds OMG that face!

This is my first time to joined this event and i was so Happy but doubt that i could not able to accomplish my ride but luckily i was able to finished it despite the the sore in my legs and butt fo... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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On September 20th I was 77 years old. I live in the On Top of the World community in Ocala, Florida. The people I know that ride here have a custom of ridding your age. I practiced for a while and ... read more

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I loved commuting by bike 10 miles from Altamonte Springs to Orlando prior to Covid. Covid came and it was hard eliminating this from the routine. It was not good for me to go from the bed stra... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Courtney Reynolds Love this Bruce!

Well since March our world is kind of upside down. My job made an unexpected move - and now since we are all working remote I need a change of scenery to clear my brain. I try to ride min. 4 - 5 ti... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I didn't start riding a bike until I was 29. My mother is from the Netherlands where kids are basically born on bikes, and I guess she thought I would have inhaled bike riding skills from the e... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Sept. 2019 began with some of what I thought was ITB and hip flexor tightness. Also in the mix was an initially misdiagnosed Medial Tibial Plateau stress fracture and that caused me to be non weig... read more

Topic: Other

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I'm a caregiver to my mom with dementia, and taking time for myself is very difficult. As often as I can, I walk, and go to spin class. I love biking, but unfortunately do not own a bike at this ti... read more

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Years ago, I started to ride to keep a healthy spirit after a sour divorce. My bicycle helped me to make new friends, find new places, learn a lot of the cycling world (Tour de France is mandatory ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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I have participated in 11 MS150 charity rides over the years. My favorite memories are those of the MS rides that my children rode with me. At 85 years old now I cant do 75 a day two days in a row ... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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After retiring from Army I lost my purpose in life. It was hard to function let alone get off the couch. I reached 300lbs and little to no motivation. I started to ride around the neighborhood and ... read more

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My wife and I lived just outside of Washington DC for years and as soon as the leaves started coming out we would make our weekly bicycle trip up and down the capitol crescent trail. Taking our bik... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Sunday, Nov. 1st, was the absolute perfect day for a bike ride in Naples! Temps in the 70s, wind ENE at 5 mph, little traffic. Lots of other soldiers nd clubs took advantage for z great Sunday ri... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Mi super coach y la que motiva este gran grupo de chamas bike

Topic: Other

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I started out riding Ebikes in Europe 9 years ago. There is a "thing" called, "the Ebike grin." The first time you start pedaling an Ebike and the motor kicks in to help, you cannot help but to "GR... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Courtney Reynolds Very intriguing!
Carol Platt Do you have a brand recommendation? I've tested a few styles and it's a tough decision!

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.

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

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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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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This is my first time to joined this event and i was so Happy but doubt that i could not able to accomplish my ride but luckily i was able to finished it despite the the sore in my legs and butt fo... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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I love to ride on Florida's clay roads and the annual Dirty Pecan ride is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to join cyclists of all ages and abilities on some of the prettiest "roads less traveled" in no... read more

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I've ridden with several Central Florida bike groups as a way of staying active during the pandemic. It's a great way to keep a prudent distance from others and be outside and still be able to soci... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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I quit smoking about four and a half months ago because I was afraid I would die if I caught COVID. When I first quit, I started walking around my neighborhood when I wanted a cigarette (I walked a... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Here in Tallahassee we have many options to choose from when it comes to trails. There are some out in the local national forest that are fast, flowey, and fun. Imagine you are in the middle of t... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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I Got a new bike for my birthday (because of corona it did not arrive until fairly recently) when I put slick tires on it it’s nearly as fast as a road bike, and I enjoy writing it up and down A1A.... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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My department was furloughing the majority of my team mates so I decided to take in earlier than expected retirement. This left me with a lot of time on my hands. I sold my treasured road bike afte... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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When I was a child growing up in West Virginia, I would ride my bike all day long until the sun went down. That was long ago. In this time of "extended personal space" I have restarted my love affa... read more

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#MobilityWeekFL They call it a joyride. What it brings + what it does = magic. On two wheels. Possibly three - or maybe even four, depending on your age. 😊 Its synonyms transport... read more

Topic: Other

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Thanks to the Love to Ride Florida Challenge I (and my coworkers) have been encouraged to start bicycling again - to/from work for those who can and also outside of work / during lunchtime. I p... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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I'm a passionate rider and love doing distance charity rides. This year they've all been cancelled or modified in a way that just isn't the same. I really missed it so I decided to do my own vers... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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A positive 2020 memory of riding together to vote with my husband on a beautiful Orlando evening!

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The pandemic has forced us to explore the outdoors more. Florida has so much to offer, and getting around on a bike is the best way to enjoy nature and appreciate Florida’s beauty. When biking, my ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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The bike made me get out of bed after cancer, and now I can't live without riding a bike

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Aric Quitugua You’re inspiring and beautiful!!!