Two bicycling events this week focus on safe driving/biking and two-wheel commuting:
- The annual Ride of Silence, held to remember cyclists hurt or killed on public roadways, starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church and includes two slow laps around Lake Hollingsworth.
- Friday is National Bike to Work Day. At a recent meeting, City Commissioner Scott Franklin challenged his colleagues to cycle to the city’s agenda study session Friday morning. (We hope they don’t all try to use the tiny bike rack by the main entrance to City Hall.)
Here’s our video from last year’s Ride of Silence. One big change since then: The bicycle stop sign at Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Ingraham Avenue has been replaced by a concrete-separated bike lane where cyclists need stop only when pedestrians are crossing.
Organizations that won awards in the 2019 Lakeland Martin Luther King Jr. Parade were recognized today at a meeting of the Lakeland City Commission. Awards were announced by Natalie Gallon, assistant parks superintendent, who said next year’s parade will be the last she helps coordinate because she will be retiring. More
A Jan. 19-20 event at the RP Funding Center is bringing dozens of sci fi, comic and fantasy exhibitors, artists and actors to Lakeland (See a list | Facebook page). On a personal note, I was unfazed when I saw that the voice of Space Ghost would be there; after all, I stood in line with him at Publix last week. But when I realized Deanna Troi would be there …
Judges’ Choice Award: Grayson School of Dance
Best Pro Float: Lakeland Public Library
Most Outstanding Band: George Jenkins High School
Most Original Float: Central Florida Athletics
Best Youth/Educational Float: Churchwell Elementary
Best Community Float: Medulla Baptist
Best Business Float: Chick-Fil-A
Best Themed Float: Strawberry Express Cloggers