How bicycle friendly is Orlando? Can I commute to work by cycling?

Photo of University House Central FloridaUniversity House offers elevators and balconies for those that want a convenient way to keep your bike in your apartment. It's also near campus for easy commuter access by bike.

We’ll just go ahead and make a disclaimer: Orlando is NOT a cycling friendly city. In every list of most dangerous cities for pedestrians (cyclers/walkers/joggers) Orlando seems to top the list with other Florida cities rounding out the top five. Orlando’s road systems are not friendly and very charitable about bike lanes. You often have to fend for yourself by riding on sidewalks. With that saying – There ARE safe ways to cycle to and from work - If you live in the right location!

Go to Orlando’s Apartment Guides page to see the map of available apartment communities. From here is where you can compare your work/class locations and compare with prospective apartments communities. Take a look at the Google Street View shot of the area (drag the little orange guy on the top left of the map to the street) to see if bike lanes are available in the street.

What about trails?
Orlando features many bicycle trails near Full Sail and UCF. These trails are convenient detours that take you right through the East Orlando area. Look out for Jay Blanchard Park, Cady Way Trail, West Orange Trail among more convenient trails that dot through the area. A full list here:  http://orangecycleorlando.com/articles/bike-trails-maps-central-florida-ig30/

Storing your bike
While Orlando is by no means a dangerous city in itself; there is crime like any other city. You are best off taking your bicycle indoors to your apartment when not in use. These are high valued targets by thieves the world over. Look out for the Parking option in 407Apartments Guide for covered parking garages just in case this isn’t an option. Also look out for an apartment that offers an elevator so you don’t have to haul up your bike everyday. A large balcony is also great for storing a bike.

Weather
It goes without saying, Orlando is a hot and humid city. Be careful you aren't over-exerting yourself out there. You may be saving money on tolls and gas but you may also be that person at work covered in sweat. Cycling isn't the best option in the City Beautiful but it's still an option - A good one if you live close!

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