Who loves to make use of the wonderful bike trails in Central Florida?✋🏼 We do, we do! Just within the City of Orlando alone there are over 40 miles of off street trails and over 260 miles of bicyle lanes.* Well did you know the City currently has three major ongoing bike projects underway: Bicycle Beltway, Downtown Gap Study, and Orlando Bike Plan Update? Scroll down for more. ⤵️
Didn’t even know anything about any of these projects? They’re all pretty interesting, and even as a resident of Central Florida it’s probably worth knowing a little about about each:
- Orlando Bicycle Beltway. The Orlando Bicycle Beltway is a proposed 8.5 mile loop trail that will serve the ever increasing population of Downtown Orlando and provide an alternative transportation network to accommodate cyclists of all ages. Winding through the Central Business District, the beltway will connect the existing Bumby Path, Cady Way Trail, Gertrude’s Walk, Orlando Urban Trail and Lake Underhill Path.* There are currently five (5) gaps in the trail network and this beltway project will fill all of those gaps. To see where the gaps are located visit here.
- Downtown Gap Study. This study will attempt to develop an alignment that connects the Downtown Connector Trail to Gertrude’s Walk that can move forward to final design.* There’s more information available on this on the City of Orlando’s website.
- Orlando Bike Plan. The city has over 350 miles of signed routes, bicycle lanes and trails and has achieved a bronze-level “Bicycle Friendly Community” designation by the League of American Bicyclists.*
If you’re interested in learning more about any or all of these in person, there will be an open house at First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando on Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30-7pm. Anyone is welcome….