LakeXpress, Lake County’s fixed-route public transit service, will be offering 160 special stops throughout Leesburg, Fruitland Park, The Villages, Mount Dora, Eustis and Tavares during the 23nd Annual Leesburg Bikefest, which will be held April 26-28.
Lake County Public Transit, which operates LakeXpress, is encouraging Bikefest revelers to safely travel to and from the three-day festival via bus. 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. Hwy. 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 3 a.m. during Bikefest, with the exception of the Gator Harley Express, which will run until 8 p.m. 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 out this new method of paying 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.
To download the app, visit www.ridelakexpress.com. There you can also view the map and full bus schedule. For more information about LakeXpress, call (352) 742-1940. For details and a schedule of events for Bikefest, visit www.LeesburgBikefest.com.