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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:

tweed

Full details at the Jax Tweed Ride page.

Help Support the Efforts of Bike Jax

Our good friends at Bike Jax, Jacksonville’s premier voice for cycling advocacy, sent us the following press release. Check it out:

Bike Jax has been instrumental in pushing new programs to promote bicycling as transportation in Jacksonville. Our work involves showcasing the various local bicycle groups and their events, participating in this city’s bicycle advocacy initiatives and organizing events such as the Night Ride to promote bicycles as transportation.

We erect ghost bikes for the unfortunate cyclists killed in accidents. Those are the worst days of our advocacy.

We also provide a free bike valet service at the Riverside Arts Market — a farmers’ and local artists’ market that in its first year has already been ranked as one of the best in the nation. It is a Saturday market by the St. John’s River with vendors selling fresh local produce, clothes, accessories, honey, art and jewelry. The free bike valet gives the market’s customers a safe and secure place to leave their bikes and accessories while they stroll around or shop while also hopefully getting them to understand how easy it is live and work using a bicycle for their transportational needs.

All these initiatives are currently funded out of our personal pockets, namely in set-up costs and on-going costs. We designed a t-shirt (with more designs to come) to help alleviate some of these expenses. There is a large selection of styles from our cafepress store (http://www.cafepress.com/bikejax). However, to make it more affordable to people and reduce the carbon footprint in shipping individual orders from cafepress, we are buying shirts in bulk and selling them locally at the arts market and online at BikeJax.org (http://www.bikejax.org/2001/01/bikejax-store.html).

Help support the tremendous efforts of these guys…they’re doing great things in Jacksonville, a city that desperately needed some enthusiastic bike advocates to spur things along.

I got mine — now it’s your turn!

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New Florida Bike Advocacy Resources

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:

Bike Jax

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

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:

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!