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We here in Florida like to kick things off a bit early…while most of the rest of the nation celebrates National Bike Month in May, we go our own way and do things in March.

For folks in the Tampa Bay area, the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the New North Transportation Alliance have compiled a list of activities for the end of February, all of March and into May itself. Take a look:

Florida’s Bike Month Activities March, 2011
Visit www.TampaBayCycle.com or become a Tampa BayCycle Fan on Facebook for more information on all of the rides/classes/events listed.

All month:
- Tampa BayCycle Ambassador membership
- Free use of locker/shower at Downtown YMCA branches for bike commuters
- Weekly Discounts at City Bike Tampa
- Words for Wheels bike giveaway contest submissions (due March 2)
- Every Monday Tampa Bike Co-op free hands on bike maintenance clinics
- Every Thursday @7pm weekly rides from downtown Tampa www.citybiketampa.com
- Every Friday Group Bike to Work rides into downtown Tampa and USF from various locations
- Every Friday free bicycle valet parking at the Tampa Downtown Market
- Every Saturday different rides sponsored by the Seminole Heights Bike Club, SWAMP Club, Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, Just Ride Bicycles, Grupetto Meet Up

February 18-19 Traffic Skills 101 class

February 24 Urban Restaurant Tour, sponsored by City Bike Tampa

Tuesday 3/1 Clearwater Sustainability Plan open house 4:30 – 7:30pm www.myclearwater.com/greenprint

Friday 3/4 Bike month kick off at the Tampa Downtown Market 10am – 2pm

Saturday 3/5 USF Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

Saturday 3/5 Urban Safety Class sponsored by City Bike Tampa

Saturday, Sunday 3/5 and 3/6 Store expansion celebration at Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium

Monday 3/7 Ride Your Bike, Get in Free! 7:30pm Lightning game. Secure bike parking at St. Pete Times Forum

Thursday 3/24 Free Flat Repair Clinic 7-9pm sponsored by Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium

Friday 3/25 Critical Mass Ride, Seminole Heights Bike Club

Saturday 3/26 Tampa’s Downtown Bike Race and Festival 10:30am – 8:00pm

Saturday 3/26 First Annual Pinellas County English Attire Ride 10:00am

Thursday 3/31 Urban Restaurant Tour, sponsored by City Bike Tampa

April 1-3 Bike League Certified Instructor training

Saturday 5/14 Urban Safety Class sponsored by City Bike Tampa

Thursday 5/26 Free Flat Repair Clinic 7-9pm sponsored by Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium

Thursday 5/26 Urban Restaurant Tour, sponsored by City Bike Tampa
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There are a lot of good events to choose from, and I’ll report on more as they are announced. There are some upcoming group “ride to work” rides, and once I locate the map and details I’ll share them with you. Also, I hope to attend a number of these events as time allows, and I’ll be sure to carry my camera along to record the details. Stay tuned!