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Literally…it’s already in the 90s here, so don’t forget your waterbottles!
Here’s a list of the various events happening in the Tampa Bay area for National Bike Month. These events are sponsored primarily by Tampa BayCycle and City Bike Tampa:
National Bike Month Activities May, 2010
– Tampa BayCycle Ambassador membership
– Free use of locker/shower at Downtown YMCA branches
– Weekly Discounts at CityBike Tampa
Tuesday 5/4 Group Bike to Work rides into downtown Tampa from various locations
Thursday 5/6 Bike giveaway + Street Skills workshops at the Clean Air Fair, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Poe Plaza, sponsored by City Bike and Tampa Bay Bicycle Co-op
Friday 5/7 Ride Your Bike, Get in Free! 7:30pm Storm game. Secure bike parking St. Pete Times Forum
Thursday 5/13 SWFBUD ride to BOCC Transportation Referendum Public Hearing 4:45pm
Wednesday 5/19 Street Skills Class, USF Campus 12 – 1:30pm
Friday 5/21 National Bike to Work Day – rides into downtown Tampa and USF campus
Saturday 5/22 Hands on basic bike maintenance clinic from 9:30 – 11:30am, RSVP to www.citybiketampa.com. $25/person includes toolkit
Saturday 5/22 Hub Grub II Bicycle Ride, 3-6pm visiting various restaurants in Seminole Heights, sponsored by the Seminole Heights Bike Club.
Tuesday 5/25 Hands on basic bike maintenance clinic from 9:30 – 11:30am, RSVP to www.citybiketampa.com. $25/person includes toolkit
Thursday 5/27 Urban Restaurant Ride, sponsored by CityBike Tampa
Lots of good times to choose from…hopefully I’ll see some of you at these events and out on the road enjoying Bike Month!
As many of you may know, Florida celebrates Bike Month in March rather than May like the rest of the country.
To kick things off, the folks at Tampa BayCycle have (finally!) announced a schedule of events taking place in March. Here are some of the highlights:
–Tuesday 3/2 Free tickets to Lightning game for those arriving via bicycle, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
–Thursday 3/4 Street Skills workshop (brown bag, 12 – 1pm), sponsored by Sprinkle Consulting, RSVP to Karen Kress .
–Friday 3/5, 3/26 Bike to Work Day — Join experienced cyclists coming downtown from all directions with a morning meet up at Indigo Coffee.
Words for Wheels free bike giveaway contest opens (due 3/22).
–Log your miles to compete in the Commuter Challenge.
–Discounts at CityBike Tampa when you mention “Tampa BayCycle” (varies each week).
–The Downtown YMCA is even offering free use of the locker room for cyclists throughout the month. And don’t forget our 2nd annual Tampa Twilight Criterium and ECO.Festival on 3/27.
Hope to see some of you out there during Bike Month and at some of these events. With luck, I’m going to try to cover the Twilight Criterium like I did last year.
Editor’s note: I wrote the following article for our sister site The Bike Geek — and a day later we experienced some technical difficulties with that site that are still being resolved. In the meantime, I wanted to share coverage of this exciting event that took place during Florida’s Bike Month — the very first criterium-style race ever held in downtown Tampa.
The City of Tampa played host to some exciting racing action last weekend…The Tampa Twilight Criterium. Sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, local bike shops and WAM Events, this day-long event was a blast!
Although I had to work on Saturday, I was lucky in that the race course was mere blocks from my workplace. I was able to catch the action before work, at lunch and for an hour or so after work. Come with me as I share photos of the races and the health and wellness festival that took place in Lykes Gaslight Square in the heart of the race course.
Race sponsor Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium brought their rolling full-service bike shop to the event:
The health and wellness festival was well-attended…massages, bicycle advocacy groups, the Tampa Bay Bicycle Co-op and food were on offer:
The Tampa Downtown Partnership even had free bicycle valet parking for the event, a nice touch!
For the womens’ race, we caught The Bike Geek/Bikecommuters.com friend Lily Richeson lining up for her event. She’s number 231, and she placed in the top 20 in her category:
(photo by Lisa Hickman of the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club)
Here’s a pack of juniors and Cat. 5s blazing down the course:
Part of the technically-challenging course went down Franklin Street in the heart of downtown…those bricks were tough to keep traction on, and there were several wipeouts at the turns onto and off the bricks:
Some high-speed action:
The Cat. 2/3s in pack formation:
And another action shot as the Cat. 2/3s take a high-speed corner heading toward Ashley Drive (University of Tampa’s “Plant Hall” in the background:
It was a great event…hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators throughout the day. Let’s hope this becomes an annual tradition during Florida’s Bike Month!
Florida Bike Month is in full swing here in Tampa — lots of events going on here and across the Bay in Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
Last Friday, I attended the Urban Street Skills “Lunch and Learn” Session hosted by Tampa BayCycle and the Tampa Downtown Partnership. The event was held at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. League Certified Instructor Theo Petritsch offered some informal instruction on bike-handling skills, commuter equipment choices and safety gear selection for a group of about 40 attendees. I met some new folks and ran into quite a few familiar faces…including faithful Bikecommuters.com reader Gordon Ridge.
Here, Karen Kress (transportation director for the Tampa Downtown Partnership) greets attendees and gives out bike maps, patch kits and other goodies:
Using a variety of props, Theo demonstrated some crucial skills and facts to the folks in attendance. His instruction style was filled with humor, and the assembled crowd was rapt with attention.
Later, Theo demonstrated some on-bike skills…including some tricks to look behind you while riding and a couple of crash-recovery techniques. There were things to learn for even this jaded commuter, and the event was well worth attending.
Toward the end of the session, Karen Kress announced the winner to Tampa BayCycle’s 2009 “Words For Wheels” contest. Contestants had to submit a 100-word essay on how a bicycle could change his/her life, and the winner (I didn’t catch her name; I am an amateur reporter, at best) described how she was recently diagnosed with diabetes. Anyhow, Karen read the winning essay and presented the winner with her new bike (donated by Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium):
Good times were had by all — and there are a lot more events going on this month. I’ll do my best to bring you coverage of some of the others, including the Tampa Twilight Criterium scheduled for March 21st. Stay tuned for more!