The Orlando Bicycle Plan was developed as the city’s response to Bicycle Magazine’s ranking of Orlando as the second “worst” city for bicycling in their 1990 annual ranking of major cities. The original plan was completed in 1994 and was followed by then-Mayor Glenda Hood’s challenge to build 100 miles of bicycle network by the year 2000.
The 2008 update plan focused mainly on building the city's trail network, improving bicycle facilities in the main street districts and creating bike parking areas.
Bicycling offers an inexpensive and efficient alternative to driving. Increasing the number of commuter trips by bicycle reduces the congestion on our overburdened transportation network, as well as the production of carbon monoxide and other ozone depleting emissions.
The City of Orlando realizes the importance of providing safe bicycle facilities for all users and prides itself on the progress it has made as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community, based on the League of American Bicyclists' “5 E’s for a Bicycle Friendly Community.”