LakeXpress gearing up for special stops during Leesburg Bikefest

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If you don’t have a big hog, ride the big bus.

LakeXpress, Lake County’s fixed-route public transit service, is offering 160 special stops throughout Leesburg, Fruitland Park, The Villages, Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares during the 23nd annual Leesburg Bikefest April 26-28.

Lake County Public Transit, which operates LakeXpress, is encouraging Bikefest revelers to travel safely to and from the three-day festival via bus, a news release states. Contained within a 30-block radius, Leesburg Bikefest’s streets are pedestrian- and bike-friendly and walkable within 10 minutes.

Passengers can catch the bus at any of the designated stops along the LakeXpress Villages, Eustis, and Tavares/Mount Dora shuttles, as well as the Gator Harley Express Shuttle, which will run every 20 minutes from downtown Leesburg to Gator Harley-Davidson at 1745 U.S. Highway 441.

The Lake Square Mall also will have a Park and Ride area near the Food Court entrance. This addition will be serviced by the Tavares/Mount Dora shuttle and the Eustis shuttle with service every 30 minutes. All shuttles will be running until at least 3am during Bikefest, with the exception of the Gator Harley Express, which will run until 8pm. Buses are equipped for disabled passengers (ADA accessible) and have bicycle racks.

LakeXpress fares are $1 each way, $3 for an unlimited day pass, or $8 for a 10-ride pass. Exact change is required. Students with a valid school ID ride free, and seniors and veterans ride for half-price with ID. Transfer passes are free for single, one-way trips. Passes can now be purchased ahead of time using the Transit Token app. Passengers are encouraged to try this new method of payment for their bus passes or tickets by using their phones. Simply download the app, purchase any pass, tap to activate, then show the driver the pass on your phone.

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To download the app, visit ridelakeexpress.com. where you can also view the shuttle map and full bus schedule. For more information about LakeXpress, call 352.742.1940.

For details and a schedule of events for Bikefest, visit leesburgbikefest.com.

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