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This year, the state of Florida decided to celebrate Bike Month in March (rather than May, when it is celebrated in much of the rest of the U.S.).

Tampa BayCycle is sponsoring a series of events in the Tampa Bay area to help celebrate…lots of good times to be had by cycling enthusiasts in this region:


Clearwater Sunday Ciclovía
March 1, 2009 8:00am to 2:00pm

Enjoy a day of family fun and healthy activities on a car-free, carefree Cleveland Street. Two miles of downtown Clearwater streets will be off-limits to car traffic on March 1, 2009, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, so cyclists, walkers, skaters, joggers and dog walkers can take over the streets for a day of street play. Click here to view the event flyer.

Call (727) 562-4047 for more information, including how you or your organization can get involved.

Free Flat Tire Changing Classes Each Saturday in March

Don’t let the fear of a flat tire slow down your cycling adventures. Register today!

When: One class each Saturday in March at 1:00pm
Where: The Bike Room, 2808 Fourth Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
To Register: Call the City of St. Petersburg-Cheryl Stacks at 727-892-5328
Details: Class size is limited to 4 students per class. You must bring your bicycle, as you will be learning hands-on how to change the tire.

2009 Words for Wheels Bicycle Giveaway Contest

Area residents are invited to enter Words for Wheels, an essay-based bicycle giveaway contest sponsored by Tampa BayCycle. To enter, submit a 100-word essay detailing how winning a bicycle would change your life. Two winning entries will be selected, and the winning authors will each receive a bicycle, light, helmet, and lock.

Submit your essay online by clicking here, or by mail to:

Words for Wheels
601 N Ashley Dr, Suite 1100
Tampa, FL 33602

Contest Rules:

Words for Wheels is open to all area residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Pasco, and Hernando counties.

Entries must be postmarked or received via email by February 20, 2009.

Your entry must include the following information: Name, Complete Mailing Address, Telephone Number, Email Address

1st Annual Tampa Twilight Criterium and Festival

Saturday, March 21st, 10AM — 8PM

A downtown Tampa loop will be blocked from traffic to allow for a variety of criterium races to take place. Racing categories range from a family fun ride all the way up to USAC Cat 1/2, with lots of amateur and senior action thrown in. During the races, a wellness and community festival and kids’ bike rodeo will take place in Lykes Park in the center of the crit loop. Please visit the Tampa Twilight Criterium website for more details and racing entry information.

Other events tend to pop up around the area during Bike Month…stay tuned for coverage of some of these and other events. I have to work on the day of the criterium, but the race course is just around the corner from my office so I’ll try to swing over there at lunch and after work to get some photos of the action.

We got the following email from Susie Cooley on behalf of

If riding a bike is a universal pastime, then having it stolen is a universal nuisance, and it is for this reason that we have created SOMEONESTOLEMYBIKE.COM; to give individuals a cathartic forum to share their own personal stories and express their distinct feelings and philosophies on the aggravating subject of bike theft. We’ll be updating the page weekly with new stories. There’s no gimmick or money-making intentions here, just the hope that people will enjoy the videos and find a place to vent.


Having a bike stolen is something a lot of us can relate to. Since I moved to Florida in 1992, I’ve had two bikes stolen…and my wife has also had two stolen. I can think of dozens of friends here and elsewhere who have experienced this psychological “kick in the junk”, too. It’s a bummer every time it happens. offers videos of bike theft victims talking about their losses…and who knows — perhaps getting the word out may even help recover a few of these stolen bikes? It definitely eases the pain when you can talk about your loss, in any case.

Check it out, and if you’ve got a story to share, the folks at would love to hear it (of course, we’d like to hear the stories, too).

Please give a warm welcome to our newest staff member, Elizabeth Adamczyk! You may remember her from when we profiled her in 2007.


Elizabeth will be “filling some gaps” here on — as a resident of Chicago and a year-round commuter, she knows a thing or two about winter commuting (something the rest of us can only guess at). Also, she will be covering women’s commuting issues, something else that is woefully under-represented here and elsewhere on the Web. Elizabeth will also be doing product reviews, event coverages and whatever the heck else she feels like!

We’re very excited to have her in our happy extended family, and we look forward to lots of good information coming our way from her. Put your hands together and say “howdy” to her!

As promised, here is part two of our two-part commuter profiles of the lovely and talented ladies of Bike Skirt. Today I present Elisa Munoz, the other stylish mastermind behind Bike Skirt (in partnership with Anna Carrigan):

(photo courtesy of T. Scott Carlisle,

How long have you been a bike commuter?

4 months, give or take.

Why did you start riding your bike to work and how long is your commute?

I was part of an online contest with friends,, where each had a sport (running, swimming, cycling) and I decided the best way to get rides in was to combine my commute and my rides. So, I became a bike commuter! It was something I had wanted to do; Triathablog just gave me the boost (and the healthy competition) I needed. My commute is 6 miles each way.

How does Bike Commuting help you with your lifestyle (economics, health, relationships)?

It keeps me in shape for sure. Bike Commuting saves me on gas money and a gym membership. It has also introduced me to a small group of urban riders in Birmingham that I am so thankful for. Plus, I get to meet hot guys on bikes!

What do you do for a living and in what city do you bike commute?

I am a Book Buyer for a large book chain that is based out of Birmingham, AL. I commute from the city to the suburbs. Birmingham is 87/100 of the Unhealthiest Cities for Women, with the lowest % of women riders. Anna (the other half of BikeSkirt) and I are trying to change that, one ride at a time.

What kind(s) of bike do you have?

I have one bike, Mick Jagger. He is a Lemond eTape. The love of my life.

(photo courtesy of T. Scott Carlisle,

Any funny or interesting commuting story that you may want to share?

I was recently profiled for both the newspaper and the local CBS station for being a bike commuter. (editor’s note: Here’s another of her profiles) It makes me laugh that the fact that I do what people all over the world do daily is so foreign in Birmingham that it is ‘news’. That says a lot about the bike culture here.

What do people (coworkers, friends) say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?

“Are you CRAZY?” and “Watch out for cars”. It makes me laugh when non-bikers try to give me cycling advice. I want to say “You know that I ride every day don’t you?” Instead I smile and thank them. I also get looks and questions when people find out that I ride most of the time in a skirt. They are so much more comfortable than pants to me, and much more awesome!! And when your legs start to look like you ride everyday, you want to show them off…

(photo courtesy of T. Scott Carlisle,

How about bicycling advocacy? Are you active in any local or regional advocacy groups?

We don’t have many advocacy groups in Birmingham, but we are trying to change that. I am in the process of starting a Bike Co-op with friends, Bici Coop ( and we are hoping to have a large advocacy presence.

Anything else that you want to share with us?

I can’t imagine anything more fun than riding my bike. Occasionally, I want nothing more than to throw Mick Jagger off of the mountain, but most of the time I arrive at work smiling and thinking that I just had the most fun getting to work. I feel sorry for the folks who will never know that feeling.

(photo courtesy of T. Scott Carlisle,

We’d like to thank Elisa for taking the time to submit her profile and photographs…do yourself a favor and check out Bike Skirt — these ladies really know how to roll in style!

We’ve got a few more profiles of stylish commuters in the works…and, as always, if you want to be profiled on, just send us an email.

Andy from Stimulus Bike alerted us to his new blog, and we thought we’d share it with you.


Just what is Stimulus Bike? Well,

Dubbed the “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” by Barack Obama, this economic stimulus package is still in development and no details are known for sure. Early reports indicated the total plan accounting for anywhere between $500 billion to $1.2 trillion over two years. In a recent interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Obama stated that he plans on $775 billion to be in this plan, with possibility to grow.

So what is your portion? The majority of this money will go towards major projects such as infrastructure, while approximately $310 billion may be allocated for tax breaks. Individuals may receive $500 per person ($1000 per couple) in the form of reduced tax withholding over 4 months. For those that receive a paycheck every two weeks, expect around $60 more on each paycheck.

What should I do with this money?
Use your economic stimulus money to buy a bike! Buy a new bike, a used bike, fix up your bike, get one for your kids, or donate the money to bike advocacy groups. A bike is a cheap yet effective way to get around, especially in combination with trains and buses where available. Many Americans just made New Year’s Resolutions to be green, to lose weight, or to budget their money better, and biking is a fantastic way to do all of those.

The site is low on content, as it is pretty new — still, this one bears watching, and surely it is a great idea: I mean, extra money is always great for a bike project!

Check out Stimulus Bike and sign the pledge.