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Image for story Quitting to win

Quitting to win

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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Zoning out in the National Forest

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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Image for story I love my gravel bike

I love my gravel bike

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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Image for story Covid led to an earlier retirement then expected

Covid led to an earlier retirement then expected

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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Image for story Back In The Saddle Again

Back In The Saddle Again

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

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Joyride to a simpler time    #MobilityWeekFL

Joyride to a simpler time #MobilityWeekFL

#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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Image for story Excited to start bicycling again!

Excited to start bicycling again!

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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Riding the Capital Crescent Trail

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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Perfect day for a ride

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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Image for story Con mi coach y la mejor de todas

Con mi coach y la mejor de todas

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

Topic: Other

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Image for story Excellent Bike Trail

Excellent Bike Trail

My favorite trail (so far) is West Orange Trail in Central Florida. Usually We (My wife & I) park at Winter Garden Station and ride towards Apopka for 9-10 miles. This trail is a very good for ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Making Friends from a Bicycle

As many of us have had to retool our lives due to restrictions, concerns, or changes in our employment status or position, there are a high percentage of persons that have been working from home an... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story When My Car is Being Serviced I Drop it Off and Ride My Bike to Work

When My Car is Being Serviced I Drop it Off and Ride My Bike to Work

#MobilityWeekFL I used to take my car in for service and either use leave time from work to wait until the shuttle driver could take me to work or I would have to take an Uber, ask a friend for a ... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Alternative Transportation

Alternative Transportation

Came across some true alternative transportation on my ride home from work tonight! These folks train Paso Fino horses around Buenaventura Lakes, and when I stopped to ask if it was OK to take a... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Bike Duval Black History Tour Pride Bicycle Ride

Bike Duval Black History Tour Pride Bicycle Ride

This is both a happy memory & biking during COVID-19 era. Bike Duval in Jacksonville, FL hosted a Black History Tour and Pride Ride for LGBTQ+ Pride Month. It was one of the first times since C... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story COVID Cruisers Riding High

COVID Cruisers Riding High

On March 17, CF Fitness in Mount Dora was required to close in response to COVID 19. My husband was a regular and this was upsetting. What would he do for exercise? Something had to be done! A ... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Start Riding at Any Age

Start Riding at Any Age

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: Other

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Image for story A Brief Tour On A New Bike

A Brief Tour On A New Bike

I recently finished building a Surly Disc Trucker frame up into my dream touring bike and took it out for its first overnighter. Bike was great, handled carrying my gear like a champ! Had a smooth ... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Weekiwachee Preserve

Weekiwachee Preserve

#MobilityWeekFL. There are hidden gems everywhere in Florida, tucked away where cars can’t go. The Weekiwachee Preserve has a paved road and miles of easy gravel winding around sparkling lakes and ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Love to Ride Trails!

Love to Ride Trails!

I have discovered all these excellent bike trails here in Central Florida! My favorite is the Spring to Spring from Gemini Springs to Lake Monroe. The Rail Trail is also really good for a longer ri... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Check Out My Wheels

Check Out My Wheels

We weren’t able to find bikes during this time, but we were lucky to get a pair of skates! We love skating outdoors on the shared used path! Stay hydrated and have fun outdoors everyone!!! #Mobilit... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Clears the brain

Clears the brain

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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Start Riding at Any Age #MobilityWeekFL

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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After Hip Replacement

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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Image for story Self Care Being A Caregiver

Self Care Being A Caregiver

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

Topic: Other

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Image for story The real love came on two wheels. #MobilityWeekFL

The real love came on two wheels. #MobilityWeekFL

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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Riding with my children

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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Image for story The coast to coast Florida tour

The coast to coast Florida tour

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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Image for story Ride to your right to vote!

Ride to your right to vote!

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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Image for story No better way to connect with nature

No better way to connect with nature

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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Image for story I was reborn

I was reborn

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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COVID Re-kindled my enthusiasm for enjoying the outdoors

#MobilityWeekFL. Several months ago, I bought a recumbent trike and I'm pleased to say its the greatest for someone with a bad back. After about 10 minutes on the trike, I feel no back pain and i... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Quarantine - the Perfect Time to Learn!

Quarantine - the Perfect Time to Learn!

At the beginning of the pandemic, it was really hard for us to be cooped up in the house all day, with all the snacks. I knew I needed to encourage my daughter to stay active, but she was seven an... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Riding to the Audubon Farmer's Market

Riding to the Audubon Farmer's Market

Beautiful evening to ride to the local market and get some fresh produce. Love living where that is possible and wish everyone had that choice.

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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The Ride Changed Last Week.....

I have been riding with a group from Mt Dora, Fl called the Covid Cruisers. The group started riding together in March and has grown from a few to over 20 riders now. Our ages range from early 50’... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Getting Back on the Saddle Again!

Getting Back on the Saddle Again!

I've had a love-hate relationship with cycling. Being overweight and having type two Diabetes, I've known I need to exercise more, but I always found excuses not to. Ironically, as a youth and as a... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

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Image for story Gravel Crush

Gravel Crush

My gravel bike is an adventure on wheels. An opportunity for thrilling escapes and adventures. My ride is never ordinary: the same route can be easy one day and difficult the next. My gravel bike i... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Image for story Smelling the roses

Smelling the roses

During the quietness of this Coronavirus time, it has been great being able to have the time to use my bicycle more and enjoying the rarity of having my spouse cycling with me. It is a great de-str... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story We Ain't in Florida Anymore

We Ain't in Florida Anymore

In 2018, in celebration of my 40th birthday, I decided to circumnavigate the Gaspé Peninsula in Canada. Nearly 500 miles in 13 days! Even though we started in early June, it was in the 30's at nigh... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story Practice what I preach: pedal power

Practice what I preach: pedal power

As a climate organizer in Orlando, FL my job is to get volunteers to pressure members of Congress to support bills that reduce our carbon footprint on the environment. So, I practice what I prea... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story That’s the point!

That’s the point!

Kicked off #MobilityWeekFL with a first: first time commuting by bike to my ‘new’ office! A coworker came by to check out my bike and chat about my ride in, and told me there wasn’t a good way t... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Making new friends and losing weight

Making new friends and losing weight

I started riding my bike to get the stress out, and found I was making allot of friends while riding (animal and humans). First I made my duck friends in one neighborhood and a few cats. I would r... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Stories from around the world

Image for story Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Encouragement from the street

One day a couple of years ago, I happened to be riding in the rain. A car was stopped next to me at a traffic light, rolled down his window, and said that he respected me for braving the conditions... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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