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boettj
07-16-2009, 04:20 PM
We are not planning on getting a car this time down. My bike could serve me well to make the run for a morning coffee. Or just to get out and ride around on a day off. Some must think I am a madman. Well somewhat. Just wondering what peoples experience has been with bringing bikes on property. I don't believe I've seen anyone riding around the property.



Thank you

SamSam
07-16-2009, 04:23 PM
I think the reason you don't see bikes around is because the roads are not bike friendly. However, they do rent bikes at Fort Wilderness for use there.

boettj
07-16-2009, 04:29 PM
I think the reason you don't see bikes around is because the roads are not bike friendly. However, they do rent bikes at Fort Wilderness for use there.

You are right, I did not think about how some of the roads have no breakdown lane.


Hmm... next Disney project, install bike paths. :thumbsup2

BEASLYBOO
07-16-2009, 05:30 PM
We are not planning on getting a car this time down. My bike could serve me well to make the run for a morning coffee. Or just to get out and ride around on a day off.
Thank you
Would you be bringing your bike on the plane?
At OKW we do ride bikes but contrary to bringing our bikes, feasable since were from Florida, we still just rent them. My son love the "Family Bicycles" where a few peddle and some ride for free! You also see them on the Boardwalk & at the Beach Club.

rowbear
07-16-2009, 05:31 PM
I have seen plenty of cars with bike racks but I can't recall ever seeing someone riding a personal one.

chepic
07-16-2009, 05:38 PM
We have brought bikes when we stayed in Fort Wilderness and OKW. Just rode the bikes on the resort area, never outside on the Disney roads themselves. It was nice to be able to ride up to the pool area.

gkrykewy
07-16-2009, 06:08 PM
Actually, I've heard that bicycling on the main roads (between resorts and parks) is prohibited! There are many roads with no passable shoulders. Hopefully in the future (as the US continues to get more interested in energy conservation and sustainable modes of transportation), Disney will take the opportunity to invest in some terrific bike infrastructure. They're already experts at designing for the pedestrian scale (the parks).

StreamMaster
07-16-2009, 06:21 PM
We are not planning on getting a car this time down. My bike could serve me well to make the run for a morning coffee. Or just to get out and ride around on a day off. Some must think I am a madman. Well somewhat. Just wondering what peoples experience has been with bringing bikes on property. I don't believe I've seen anyone riding around the property.



Thank you

I can just picture you walking your bike down the hallway at BW :rotfl2:

popcorn::

boettj
07-16-2009, 08:22 PM
Actually, I've heard that bicycling on the main roads (between resorts and parks) is prohibited! There are many roads with no passable shoulders.

Makes sense about no riding on the main roads. I see people running now and then, but they can easily run off to the shoulder.

Hopefully in the future (as the US continues to get more interested in energy conservation and sustainable modes of transportation), Disney will take the opportunity to invest in some terrific bike infrastructure. They're already experts at designing for the pedestrian scale (the parks).

I would love to see a bike path infrastructure put into place. Whether I brought my bike, or rented one.

Deb & Bill
07-17-2009, 07:57 AM
Runners are asked not to run along the roadways for fear of getting hit. The Disney security will often stop and pick them up if they see them. And there are signs that say no running/walking along the side of the road. Bike riders have the same problem. Plus where are you going to store that bike when you are not riding it? You'll have to store it inside your villa.

kikiq
07-17-2009, 12:56 PM
We rented bicycles at SSR. Plenty of trails to run and cycle around SSR/OKW.

Lisa P.
07-17-2009, 05:59 PM
Any resort that has bicycle rentals ought to also have bike racks, where you may lock your own bicycle (at your own risk). I've seen them at Fort Wilderness Campground and at Wilderness Lodge. Never looked at other locations though.

Deb & Bill
07-17-2009, 08:21 PM
Any resort that has bicycle rentals ought to also have bike racks, where you may lock your own bicycle (at your own risk). I've seen them at Fort Wilderness Campground and at Wilderness Lodge. Never looked at other locations though.

But if there is just enough room to lock up the rental bikes, there won't be any room for your bike at night.

boettj
07-17-2009, 09:56 PM
But if there is just enough room to lock up the rental bikes, there won't be any room for your bike at night.


I guess I'll have to stick with resort bikes or stationary bikes in the gyms until Disney sees fit to put in bike paths. No worries. It's the age old question for travelers. How does one keep active with workouts? I know that can bring some responses. Yes, I know that you walk a ton while at Disney, but for some of us it's not enough. When my family takes their afternoon nap, I'd love to go put in a 45minute ride. No, I am not much of a runner.


Thanks for the reply's.

SamSam
07-18-2009, 12:09 AM
I hear you. Yes, walking around the parks is a lot of walking, but it's not the same as a workout. I generally hit the fitness center and/or go for a really brisk walk/run, when I can fit it in.

cc1075
07-18-2009, 12:54 AM
We have brought our bikes to OKW for years. We use them in the resort and over at SSR. We can ride to DD but you cannot take your bike into the DD area - just ride outside and back to OKW. We use them to go to HH - for whatever reason. We have never worried about them being stolen.

chepic
07-19-2009, 11:11 AM
I guess I'll have to stick with resort bikes or stationary bikes in the gyms until Disney sees fit to put in bike paths. No worries. It's the age old question for travelers. How does one keep active with workouts? I know that can bring some responses. Yes, I know that you walk a ton while at Disney, but for some of us it's not enough. When my family takes their afternoon nap, I'd love to go put in a 45minute ride. No, I am not much of a runner.


Thanks for the reply's.

We were there in March (drove down) and my husband said the equipment in OKW was pretty new and updated. He likes to run, but on the days he doesn't he went into the gym.

cheryl

rbuzzotta
07-19-2009, 04:17 PM
We are not planning on renting a car when we go next week. A first for us.........but we have a big trip to Hawaii in August and want to save some money!!

Dh just asked me about renting bikes for the week while we are there. Are there any off site companies that rent bikes for the week? I know you can't use roller blades in the area near the pool and such but can you use them on the roads at OKW?

A bike path would be great!!

5forDiz
07-19-2009, 04:34 PM
Actually, I've heard that bicycling on the main roads (between resorts and parks) is prohibited! There are many roads with no passable shoulders.


Have heard this as well.








Runners are asked not to run along the roadways for fear of getting hit. The Disney security will often stop and pick them up if they see them. And there are signs that say no running/walking along the side of the road. Bike riders have the same problem.




Yes; on one of our trips we'd seen Disney security vehicle pull over and approach 2 people jogging on Bonnet Creek Pkway just outside of POFQ, presuming it was to inform them of this......









We rented bicycles at SSR. Plenty of trails to run and cycle around SSR/OKW.


This is my understanding as well re bicycles - only permitted at resort properties that offer bikes for rent.







Dh just asked me about renting bikes for the week while we are there. Are there any off site companies that rent bikes for the week? I know you can't use roller blades in the area near the pool and such but can you use them on the roads at OKW?



Within OKW itself (?), idk I'm not sure - - can't say I've ever seen roller blading on the roads at OKW or along paths they indicate for bicycle riding. If you can get through to OKW's front desk maybe they can answer or transfer your call over to Hank's to find out.





:goodvibes

Deb & Bill
07-19-2009, 09:34 PM
We are not planning on renting a car when we go next week. A first for us.........but we have a big trip to Hawaii in August and want to save some money!!

Dh just asked me about renting bikes for the week while we are there. Are there any off site companies that rent bikes for the week? I know you can't use roller blades in the area near the pool and such but can you use them on the roads at OKW?

A bike path would be great!!

Roller blades are not permitted to be used on Disney property unless you are a CM at Tarzan (since defunct).

Feigned
07-20-2009, 03:08 AM
I know that if you rent a bike at the Boardwalk Community Hall, you are permitted to ride them on the path around Crescent Lake and to Epcot/DHS, but you are not allowed to park the bike anywhere. You cannot ride your bike to a park and lock it up there. Disney Security has and will destroy your lock and confiscate your bike if you try to do this. You are not allowed to ride rented bikes on the roadways either. They are pretty strict about this.

El&Asmom
07-20-2009, 03:36 AM
Actually, I've heard that bicycling on the main roads (between resorts and parks) is prohibited! There are many roads with no passable shoulders. Hopefully in the future (as the US continues to get more interested in energy conservation and sustainable modes of transportation), Disney will take the opportunity to invest in some terrific bike infrastructure. They're already experts at designing for the pedestrian scale (the parks).

I'd be worried about critters with big teeth riding around the roadways at WDW.

fla4fun
07-20-2009, 04:55 AM
I can just picture you walking your bike down the hallway at BW :rotfl2:

popcorn::

I have taken my bike to FW, and to WL/VWL. I never felt self conscious taking my bike through the hallways at WL or VWL. I would lock it to a piece of furniture in the room when going out for the day, and never had an issue with it. Of course, it's not some fantastic super duper bike - just your average run of the mill one.

I think the FW/WL/VWL area is really the best one for bicycling, if you're into that sort of thing. The Fort is very bike friendly, and there's plenty of looping roadways for a nice ride.

DisneyWalker44
07-20-2009, 07:48 AM
And there are signs that say no running/walking along the side of the road. Are there signs? I've spent a lot of times on the Disney roads, and the only no walking/running sign I've seen is one on N Buena Vista.

It's always stuck me as odd that Disney seems to have a no-running on roads rule (at least that's what lots of DIS posters tell me) but keeps it a secret. It's not written down or posted anywhere. As contrasted to their no running on golf path rule, for which the put up tons of signs.

If they've started to put up signs, that would make sense. Where are there?

Oh, and as a side note - many of the roads within WDW are public county roads. They rules about walking and/or bicycling along them aren't set by Disney, but are the same as any other public road.

Alexander
07-20-2009, 07:48 AM
I have taken my bike to FW, and to WL/VWL. I never felt self conscious taking my bike through the hallways at WL or VWL. I would lock it to a piece of furniture in the room when going out for the day, and never had an issue with it. Of course, it's not some fantastic super duper bike - just your average run of the mill one.

I think the FW/WL/VWL area is really the best one for bicycling, if you're into that sort of thing. The Fort is very bike friendly, and there's plenty of looping roadways for a nice ride.

I agree, this is the best area for bike riding.

It looks like the OP is staying at BWV--the only bikes I've ever seen on the Boardwalk/Beach Club loop are the Surrey bikes. No individual ones--I think this could be a very dangerous situation for pedestrians.

gkrykewy
07-20-2009, 08:33 AM
Oh, and as a side note - many of the roads within WDW are public county roads. They rules about walking and/or bicycling along them aren't set by Disney, but are the same as any other public road.

If that were the case, then Disney would not be able to prohibit bicycling in the roadway, nor running/walking within the right-of-way. Aside from limited-access freeways (i.e., high-speed roads with on/off ramps), there are no roadways where biking is illegal.

bobbiwoz
07-20-2009, 09:10 AM
...I think the FW/WL/VWL area is really the best one for bicycling, if you're into that sort of thing. The Fort is very bike friendly, and there's plenty of looping roadways for a nice ride.

This is one reason that a trip in cooler weather to WDW always includes a visit over to WL/VWL to rent bikes to ride over to and around FW. It's one of my favorite things to do at WDW!

Bobbi:goodvibes

photobob
07-20-2009, 06:19 PM
This is one reason that a trip in cooler weather to WDW always includes a visit over to WL/VWL to rent bikes to ride over to and around FW. It's one of my favorite things to do at WDW!

Bobbi:goodvibes

That does sound like fun.

CaskPeg
07-20-2009, 07:14 PM
boettj We have often come to Disney and thought the same thing. Our answer was that my husband, Caskbill, found an electric scooter that we could collapse and put in the trunk. It was a bit on the expensive side....but the battery comes out and the scooter was light enough to carry up steps and into the unit to plug into electric at night. Caskbill use to ride to Downtown Disney and I would walk and we'd set up a meet time. This gave both of us the avenue for mobility. We did also bring bicycles to Ft. Wilderness when our children were smaller and did the bike path around part of the lake. However, as stated, there is no shoulder on Disney streets...so you either walk on the sidewalk or in the parks. Me--I sort of speed walk so I get my exercise that way. Good luck. CaskPeg

bobbiwoz
07-20-2009, 07:20 PM
That does sound like fun.

If you have your own bikes and if it was safe enough it would be fun to go at least in twilight (the rental bikes have to be back) and see how the camping people decorate their motor homes for Halloween/Christmas. They are good to see in the daylight, many have the snowglobes on and the lights on, but I imagine some of the sites rival what you see at the Osborne Lights!

Bobbi:goodvibes

bluslag
07-21-2009, 10:12 AM
We will be at OKW this March and I think we will have lots of extra room in our Van so we are bring our bikes. Look forward to using them on short trips to DD.