In 2007, Ride to Work Day was celebrated on July 18th which was also the same day that the very first issue of Go For A Ride Magazine was published. The connection was intentional. One of the goals of this magazine is to encourage people to ride motorcycles. We want people to ride them everywhere. Ride To Work Day encourages that by designating a day and having hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists around the world riding their two-wheelers to work. The purpose was to demonstrate to others that motorcycles and scooters can have a positive effect on the environment and economy. If you’re a typical commuter who spends time each morning and afternoon sitting in rush hour traffic, take a moment and imagine if those big cars, trucks, and suvs around you were changed into motorcycles and scooters. Traffic would definitely flow quicker and road rage might actually disappear.
This month’s route gives you an opportunity to see some of the extremes in architecture that central Florida’s Polk County has to offer. Your ride starts in Lakeland at Florida Southern College where the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright is on display across the campus. Your next stop is Florida Polytechnic University which is housed in a futuristic looking building that sits right alongside Interstate 4 on the northwest side of Lakeland. From here, you take a leisurely ride through the countryside and into Winter Haven where Legoland proves that just about anything can be built with plastic blocks. The last leg winds its way through the citrus groves to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales where you can enjoy the hill top view while listening to the carillon’s bells ring out a tune.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE
The ride starts in Lakeland at Florida Southern College. It is the oldest private college in Florida and is affiliated with the Methodist Church. It was founded in Orlando in 1883 as South Florida Institute and was relocated several times before moving to Lakeland in 1922 and renamed in 1935. Current enrollment is around 2,300 students enrolled in 50 undergrad programs and three graduate programs. Full details about the school can be found on their website at www.flsouthern.edu.