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For immediate release - April 27, 2011

Law Enforcement Official of the Year: Gary Borders, Lake County Sheriff

LEESBURG - The Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) presented Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders with the Law Enforcement Official of the Year Award at the Lake~Sumter MPO Governing Board meeting held today April 27, 2011 in Leesburg Florida.  Tim Bustos, Executive Director of FBA was on hand to present the award to Sheriff Borders.

Hundreds of boys and girls have learned to ride bicycles safely thanks to Sheriff Borders and the Lake County Police Activities League. The Lake County PAL program is exactly the kind of life-skill training the FBA would like to see at PAL programs throughout the state. Too often, children receive bicycles as “toys.” Once they’ve learned to pedal and balance, they rarely receive any additional training. Sheriff Borders has done a remarkable job of closing this gap, simultaneously strengthening ties between the Sheriff’s department and the community, and reducing the likelihood that these students will become crash statistics.

FBA is charged with advocating a bicycle-friendly Florida. FBA was incorporated in 1997 for educational and charitable purposes and is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.   FBA’s mission is to inspire and support people and communities to enjoy greater freedom and well-being through bicycling.  FBA’s vision is a state where people of all ages see bicycling as an enjoyable, practical and safe activity and transportation option, and where all who lawfully use the roadways, motorists and bicyclists alike, respect and appreciates each other's use.

FBA is supported by membership dues and grants for safety education and both bicyclist and motor vehicle driver awareness programs. At the annual meeting each year FBA recognizes people, communities and agencies around the state for their outstanding contributions to a bicycle friendly Florida.

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