Tavares, FL – The Lake County Office of Transit Services is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Lake County Parks and Trails, and Lake Cares Food Pantry to celebrate Mobility Week from Oct. 21 through Oct. 28.

Mobility week helps to bring awareness to the multimodal transportation choices within Florida. LakeXpress, the County’s fixed-route public transportation service, will host the following free events:

  • Saturday, Oct.22– Lake County Wekiva Trail Ride

Residents will enjoy multiple ride options starting at 8:30 a.m., located on the scenic Neighborhood Lakes Trailhead, 26656 CR 46A, in Sorrento. FDOT staff will be performing bicycle helmet fittings and giveaways of bicycle helmets. Participants are encouraged to learn more about the “Love to Ride Florida challenge,” an incentive-based biking challenge highlighting the benefits of cycling. Register for the Love to Ride Florida challenge at www.lovetoride.net/florida.

  • Monday, Oct. 24 – FDOT’s Alert Today Florida Initiative Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety. This pedestrian and bicycling awareness event will emphasize the importance of safe walking and bicycling practices. Staff will distribute safety-related promotional materials. The event will be held at the Citizens Boulevard Bus Transfer Center in Leesburg.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25 – Try Transit Day

On Try Transit Day, LakeXpress buses will offer free rides all day.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Friday, Oct. 28 – LakeXpress Passenger Appreciation Days

Each day the Appreciation Day event is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. LakeXpress staff will distribute giveaways and discuss the Route Shout 2.0 app and how to plan a trip using LakeXpress. Appreciation Days locations and schedules are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Ardice Transfer Station on West Ardice Avenue, in Eustis
  • Thursday, Oct. 27 – Citizens Transfer Station on Citizens Boulevard, in Leesburg
  • Friday, Oct. 28 – Clermont Park and Ride at 1995 South Highway 27, in Clermont
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 – Stuff the Bus food Drive

The event will be at the Publix Supermarket, located at 2042 State Road 19, in Tavares.

The public has an opportunity to give back to the community by donating non-perishable food items at this fun annual event, where donations go inside a Lake County Connection bus. Staff will also demonstrate how to safely load and unload bicycles from the front of the bus.

“This year’s Mobility Week brings families and individuals together to have fun practicing road safety, engaging with their community, and gaining wellness benefits. We support the spirit of Mobility Week to celebrate all multimodal transportation choices, starting with LakeXpress,” said Jill Brown, Office of Transit Services director.

Visit www.ridelakexpress.com for bus schedules, route maps, and rider information. For information on The Office of Parks and Trails, visit https://lakecountyfl.gov/parks-and-trails.

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