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Bike Jax, A Parody and a Tweed Ride

Our friends over at Bike Jax put up an interesting parody video about the sad state of bike infrastructure in the city of Jacksonville, Florida:

Hitler Advocates Bicycling in Jacksonville from Abhishek Mukherjee on Vimeo.

You may not identify with Hitler as a bike advocate, but if you’re a Florida resident, you can certainly identify with the anger and frustration at a state that simply falters when it comes to workable, intelligent bicycle infrastructure.

In other Bike Jax news, the 1st Annual Bike Jax Tweed Ride will be taking place on Sunday, March 4th:

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Full details at the Jax Tweed Ride page.

Bike Expo New York to put NYC on the Cycling Map

We got a press release a few days ago concerning Bike New York’s efforts to “establish NY as a cycling city” by putting on the Inaugural Bike Expo New York:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kanessa Tixe, 347-223-3464, kanessa@sourcecommunications.net

Bike New York Announces Largest Bike Expo in the Nation, Taking Place May 3-5, 2012 Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports

Expo will be free and open to the public

(New York – Nov. 9, 2011) –Bike New York will bring the nation’s largest bike expo to New York City May 3, 4, and 5 at the inaugural Bike Expo New York (BE NY) presented by Eastern Mountain Sports (www.ems.com). The expo will provide a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to take an unprecedented look at urban cycling against the backdrop of New York, meeting the demand from both retailers and consumers for a major bike expo on the east coast. This event is free, open to the public, and will take place on the days leading up to the 2012 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour.

Located at the new Basketball City on Pier 36, the expo will host rider packet pick-up for the 32,000 bicyclists participating in Bike New York’s annual TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour (www.bikenewyork.org), making it the most attended bike expo in the United States. All booth sales and additional profits from the expo will help fund Bike New York’s continuing bicycle education and safety classes.

“2012 will be a big year for biking in New York City and we want an event to match,” says Ken Podziba, president and CEO of Bike New York. “With more people biking, the increasing expansion of bike lanes, and bike share around the corner, Bike Expo New York will be the perfect platform to showcase what a bike friendly city New York has become. We look forward to working with the NYC bicycling community to provide an opportunity for people of all ages and bicycle levels to celebrate biking and the biking lifestyle in the city.”

The expo will feature more than 130 vendors, live-performances, hands-on programming, giveaways, and of course, free bicycle classes for both youth and adults! The NYC Department of Transportation, co-producer of the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, will be supporting the expo and will be on hand promoting bicycle projects and initiatives. As presenting sponsor, Eastern Mountain Sports is excited to partner with Bike New York to promote the sport, business, and lifestyle of bicycling.

“Cycling is part of our DNA,” said Ted Manning, Executive Vise President of Merchandising and Marketing at Eastern Mountain Sports. “This Expo is an important step forward for the cycling community, and we are proud to be the presenting sponsor, working in partnership with Bike New York. It continues our commitment to the cycling community. Our SoHo and new Upper West Side locations have passionate bike techs that provide best-in-class customer service. With urban commuting on the rise, we are a great resource for New York’s cycling community and invite all to experience our service first hand.”

More details about the expo will be announced in the beginning of 2012. Organizations interested in purchasing exhibit space at the expo can email exposales@bikenewyork.org.

About Bike New York:
Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes and encourages bicycling through education, public events, and collaboration with community and government partnerships. For more information, visit www.bikenewyork.org.

About Eastern Mountain Sports:
Founded in 1967 by two New England rock climbers and based in Peterborough, N.H., Eastern Mountain Sports is one of the nation’s leading outfitters of outdoor gear, clothing, footwear and accessories with 67 retail stores in 12 states. Eastern Mountain Sports designs and sells products for outdoor adventurers who participate in a variety of sports, such as mountaineering, backpacking, camping, hiking, adventure racing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and snow sports. Eastern Mountain Sports product and technology is tested by its product development and quality assurance teams in conjunction with the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing, Kayaking and SkiSchools. More information is available at www.ems.com.

Is anyone out there planning on going to the Expo? The Five Boro Bike Tour has long been on my radar as far as cycling events I’d love to attend…who knows, I may try to work in a vacation over that way in May!

2010 Bicycle Bash by the Bay Announcement

The other night, I attended the press conference to announce the 2010 Bicycle Bash by the Bay, southwest Florida’s premier bicycling event.

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Good stuff is in the works for this year, including a new venue:

South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers is celebrating the relocation of a popular bicycle event to Flatwoods Wilderness Park.

The Bicycle Bash, which was previously at St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park, will take place Nov. 7.

“It’s a really big move for us,” said Alan Snel, director of SWFBUD, the bicycle advocacy group. “It was successful in St. Petersburg, but to take it to the next level we needed to have live bicycle activities with the bicycle exhibitor village.”

More details can be found at the Tampa Tribune online.

Alan was inspired by his trip last year to Sea Otter, and moving the Bash to a location where bike riding can take place during the event is a GREAT move…who knows? Perhaps one day the Bash will rival Sea Otter!

Anyhow, back to the press conference. Here, Alan presents some details to the group:

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe spoke to the gathered crowd. Sharpe was instrumental in getting the Bash moved over to our side of the bay and the man is absolutely passionate about finding ways to incorporate alternative transportation (including rail, cycling and walking) into our daily lives here in the Tampa area. Plus, he’s a hell of a nice guy:

mark sharpe

Next, Tina Russo of the Hillsborough County MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (and an employee of the Hillsborough County Parks Department) spoke to the group. She stressed the importance of having such an event in a beautiful location like Flatwoods and seemed very excited by the prospect of this year’s Bash:

tina russo

Here are some of the attendees mingling after the formalities…the press conference was held at SWFBUD member store Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, and they had the place well-stocked with cold beer and yummy snacks for all ages. They make fantastic hosts…and didn’t even mind my child running amok through their showroom. Good folks over there!

Check out our coverage of last year’s Bicycle Bash by clicking here. You can be sure we’ll be at the 2010 edition to provide coverage. We may even sponsor a booth again this year and should have goodies to give away. In any case, I hope those of you in the Tampa Bay area mark your calendars for November 7th, and we’ll see you there!

Bicycle Bash by the Bay — October 11th

Just in from our friend at the Southwest Florida Bicycle United Dealers (SWFBUD), the folks who put on the annual Bicycle Bash by the Bay:

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Greetings bicyclists!

SWFBUD is proud to announce the 2009 Bicycle Bash by the Bay — Tampa Bay’s annual bicycle festival — is set for October 11 in beautiful North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

SWFBUD is inviting you and your organization to participate for FREE because of your commitment to growing bicycling in the Tampa Bay region. All SWFBUD asks is that you do your part to promote the Bicycle Bash by the Bay and continue your hard work at advocating for bicyclists.

This year’s Bicycle Bash event (www.bicyclebash.com) will be extra special.
The Cure on Wheels bike ride is our presenting sponsor, so this year’s event will be known as the “Bicycle Bash by the Bay, presented by Cure on Wheels.” As our presenting sponsor, Cure on Wheels has exclusive food-vending rights to the Bicycle Bash and is partnering with several local restaurants to sell food at the event.

SWFBUD has switched to North Straub Park from Vinoy Park to allow a national senior men’s cross-country race to be staged at Vinoy Park. The national race is drawing 1,200 competitors and there will also be hundreds of high school runners in running events at Vinoy Park, which is next to Straub Park. The Bicycle Bash is expected to draw many visitors from the next-door running races, boosting our attendance with folks from both the running events as well as those visiting downtown St. Petersburg.

Other Bicycle Bash features this year include:

— Singer-bicyclist Rachel VanSlyke is biking from North Carolina to perform.
— The Youth Triathlon Series, led by Suzanne Henslee, is having its season celebration at the Bicycle Bash.
— The St. Petersburg Bike Club will have Share the Road bike rides throughout the event.
— Pinellas County bicycle personality John Sinibaldi is returning to be the event emcee.
— The city of St. Petersburg will be giving away free helmets and holding a bike rodeo.
— Cure on Wheels will be signing up bicyclists for its ride.
— Flatland bike performances will be held.
— A Swap Meet, free gear, public agencies that support bicycling and a bike-donation station will be available.

SWFBUD wants to thank its sponsors: Cure on Wheels, Polar Bottle, Visionary Studio printers, the city of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Bikecommuters.com will be there to cover the event and to take photos and video. Not sure if we’re going to have a tent there or not this year…but I should have some giveaway goodies nevertheless. Check out our coverage from 2007 and 2008 — if you’re in the Tampa Bay area, this event is a BLAST!

July 4th Ride…Tomorrow Night!

Just a reminder…perhaps we’ll see some of you tomorrow night?

The Seminole Heights Bicycle Club and Bikecommuters.com are hosting a night ride on July 4th. Come ride with us to catch the fireworks display at Channelside in downtown Tampa. We’ll be meeting at the Seminole Heights Garden Center (5800 N. Central Avenue, Tampa) at 7PM and rolling at 7:30PM. Our destination is Cotanchobee Park on Tampa’s Riverwalk. It’s about a 12 mile roundtrip and will be slow-paced, family-friendly and FUN!

Bike lights (front and rear) are required and festive decorations strongly encouraged. For details on the route, questions or more information, please contact Jack at: ghostrider(at)Bikecommuters(dot)com. See you there!

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Click here for a larger version of the flyer.

We haven’t figured out what we might do if it’s raining…and it’s been raining a LOT here in Tampa. Pray that the storms hold off!