Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SunRail - bicycle connection

Bikes and SunRail really do go together like a foot in a flip flop. Today (7/7) that partnership took another step forward with the grand opening of the 21st bike-share outpost at the Florida Hospital SunRail station in Orlando.
Mayor Buddy speaks at bike-share event

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City Commissioner Robert Stuart and a board room full of Florida Hospital executives were on hand Tuesday morning for the first ceremonial ride of the Juice Bike Share bicycles in the rack at the northern end of the Florida Hospital SunRail station.

This really is a perfect location that will serve Florida Hospital team members, hospital visitors and regular folks who are out exploring the nearly Ivanhoe Village residential and commercial areas, Mills-50, and the Loch Haven park cultural venues, which are just around the corner from the station. It’s also a great launching pad for people headed out on bicycle expeditions to the Harry P. Leu Gardens on Corrine Drive or the Orlando Urban Trail that connects to downtown Orlando.

It’s noteworthy there are already hundreds of SunRail riders who bring their own bicycles with them on the train. Bike share is a great option for those who don’t have a bicycle with them, or who don’t own a bike.

We were on hand late last year for the opening of the first bike share station next to downtown’s OUC building, so it’s impressive to see how quickly the program has grown. Hopefully we’ll see bike share continue to spread up the SunRail corridor.

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