Three new bicycling advocacy resources “went live” in the past couple months here in Florida…two in the Tampa Bay area and one in Florida’s largest city, Jacksonville. Check them out!
Bike Jax is described as “… bike culture blogged. Our mission is to establish Jacksonville as a city that is increasingly safe, accessible, and friendly to bicycle transportation. ” The folks running the show over at Bike Jax are really friendly, too — it’s worth a visit, especially if you’re in the northern part of Florida and want to check in on bike-friendly events and news.
Southwest Florida Bicycle United Dealers (SWFBUD):
SWFBUD “[is] an alliance of 7 Tampa Bay area bike stores that have joined forces to grow bicycling as a healthy lifestyle and as an effective mode of transportation. The seven stores are: Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole; Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium; Chainwheel Drive in CLearwater and Palm Harbor; Flying Fish Bikes in south Tampa, Oliver’s Cycle Sports in new Tampa, Revolution Bicycles in St. Petersburg and Suncoast Trailside Bicycles in Odessa.”
When this many bike shops can pool their resources to make bicycle advocacy a big priority, this lends a LOT of muscle to the movement here in Tampa Bay. SWFBUD is also responsible for putting on the annual Bicycle Bash by the Bay.
Tampa Bike Co-op:
Still in its infancy, the Tampa Bicycle Co-op recently put up a blog. “The Tampa Bike Co-op is a cooperative group of people working together to make cycling education available and accessable and to build cycling community in the less than bike friendly city of Tampa.”
“Diamond” Dave Japenga is one of the masterminds behind the co-op and is the hardest-working man in showbiz (he’s also Tampa’s only professional bike messenger…more on that later).
Come check out these great resources. With folks like these keeping area cyclists up to date on important issues of advocacy, we’re all in a better place!