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Bicycling in Lakeland

Florida Bicycle Month 2021 - Collage photos of people bicycling

Learn More: Florida Bicycle Month is here!

Logo of Bronze bicycle friendly community
There are many opportunities to enjoy riding a bicycle in Lakeland.  Our parks and Lake-to-Lake bikeway system, scenic lakes, historic downtown and wonderful neighborhoods attract bicyclists of all ages, abilities and interests. Bicycling is a healthy and inexpensive means to travel and a great way to exercise.
The City of Lakeland was designated a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists in 2012 for its commitment to cycling as a means of recreation and as a mode of transportation.  Lakeland is now among the few localities in Florida who have achieved such a level of recognition.  The Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling.

Learn more about Bicycle Friendly Communities.

Bicycle Planning

Planning for bicycle facilities is guided by the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations.  The City’s Community Development and Public Works Departments work closely together with the Florida Department of Transportation and Polk County Board of County Commissioners to implement a multi-modal transportation system which is responsive to community needs, is consistent with future land use policies, is environmentally sound, and fosters economic vitality. Bicycles are key to creating a truly multi-modal system.  The City’s Pathways Vision Plan is the blueprint to building this system.

View a summary of the City's Pathways Vision Plan.

To implement the Pathways Vision Plan the City emphasizes a complete streets approach that incorporates all modes of transportation, including bicycles, into new roadway design and retrofits existing roadways through innovative resurfacing and maintenance procedures as well as road diets.

View a presentation on Lakeland’s Pathways Implementation Program.

  • Learn more about the City of Lakeland 2020 Comprehensive Plan's role in integrating bicycles into the community.
  • View Land Development Regulations, Article 32: Bicycle Parking Standards.