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Thousands of cyclists expected to descend upon South Lake during upcoming event
Motorists are asked to use caution while traveling along the event's routes

RELEASE DATE: November 4, 2015

CLERMONT — South Lake County will soon play host to thousands of cyclists during the 36th Annual Horrible Hundred, being held on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15.

On Saturday, cyclists will participate in trail rides along South Lake Trail beginning at 9 a.m., with route options spanning from 2 to 25 miles. On Sunday, the Horrible Hundred rides begin at Waterfront Park, 685 W. Montrose St., Clermont.

Several local roads could be impacted, as cyclists trek the available 35-mile, 70-mile and 100-mile routes. Motorists are asked to use caution when traveling throughout the area, and to remember that bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles.

While sharing the road with cyclists, motorists should keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Allow at least three feet of clearance when passing bicyclists on the road
  • Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling from a parking space
  • Yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals
  • Be especially watchful for cyclists when making turns, either left or right

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 48,000 injuries and 743 pedalcyclists deaths occurred during motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2013, with 133 of those fatalities occurring in Florida.

During the event, bicyclists are asked to follow these general rules:

  • Helmets are required on all rides
  • Be courteous to drivers and do not block the roadways
  • Stop at all signs, and obey the rules of the road
  • Ride single-file if impeding traffic
  • Pull completely off of the road at rest stops
  • No headphones allowed

For more information about bicycle safety, visit www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles. For more information about the Horrible Hundred event, visit www.horrible-hundred.com.
 

Below is a list of roads that could be impacted during the event:

  • 12th Street
  • American Way
  • Arrowtree Boulevard
  • Bible Camp Road
  • Bruce Hunt Road
  • Buckhill Road
  • Central Avenue
  • Cherry Lake Road
  • Citrus Tower Boulevard
  • County Road 33
  • County Road 455
  • County Road 561A
  • Dewey Robbins Road
  • Florida Avenue
  • Fosgate Road
  • Hancock Road
  • Hickory Avenue
  • Howey Cross Road
  • Howey Road
  • Independence Boulevard
  • Lake Emma Road
  • Lake Minneola Drive
  • Lake Minneola Shores Drive
  • Lakeshore Drive
  • Lakeview Oaks Drive
  • Mohawk Avenue
  • North Hancock Road
  • North Ridge Boulevard
  • Oak Valley Boulevard
  • Oakley Seaver Drive
  • Old Highway 50
  • Palm Street
  • Pitt Street
  • Revels Road
  • South Main Street
  • Scrub Jay Lane
  • Simon Brown Road
  • State Road 19
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Road
  • Sunset Avenue
  • Turnpike Road
  • Underpass Road
  • Villa City Road
  • West Osceola Street
  • West Washington Street
  • West Avenue

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More Information:
horriblehundred@floridafreewheelers.com
http://www.horrible-hundred.com

Lake County media contact:
Kelly LaFollette
Communications Director
Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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