The group Bicycling in Lakeland wants local policymakers to see the city from a bicyclist’s point of view. So they’re inviting all 15 candidates for mayor and city commissioner on a gentle, three-mile ride around town.

The candidates or their representatives and other interested citizens will assemble at the Wells Fargo parking lot at Main Street and Tennessee Avenue at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Afterwards, participants are invited to participate in the Munn Park food truck rally, according to a Bicycling in Lakeland Facebook post where people can sign up to join the ride.

“We can provide bicycles for any campaign that needs a bike. The route is flat, low mileage and begins and ends in downtown,” a Bicycling in Lakeland representative said.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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