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Bicycle Bash 2012 returns to Tampa!

This should please a few of our Tampa Bay-area readers: the 2012 Bicycle Bash is coming to downtown Tampa after several years in St. Petersburg and a couple years out in the remote corners of Hillsborough County.

Straight from the source:

The Bicycle Bash Festival is returning to downtown Tampa in 2012.

The inaugural Bash drew thousands of bicyclists to the Tampa Bay Forum plaza in 2006 and one of the Southeast’s premier bicycle events is coming back to downtown Tampa in 2012 after three years in downtown St. Pete and two years in Hillsborough County.

Now SWFBUD wants to spread the bicycle love to Tampa.

South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers, a nationally-recognized and award-winning alliance of 9 Tampa Bay bicycle stores, puts on the annual Bicycle Bash Festival to promote bicycling as a great way of life, effective transportation and healthy lifestyle in the Tampa Bay market.

Read the full press release by visiting the Bicycle Bash homepage here.

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Even more exciting is the Tampa Bicycle Summit being held at the Tampa Bay History Center on November 5th. League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke will be the keynote speaker at the Summit…wow!

Heck, even Mayor Bob Buckhorn of the City of Tampa is getting in on the act:

Since I am unable to attend this year, I’m looking for someone in the Tampa area who can do a little coverage for Bikecommuters.com — you know, snap some photos, get a feel for the thing, talk to some attendees. If you’re interested, drop me a line at ghostrider[at]bikecommuters[dot]com.

Tampa Bay Bicycle Bash…Coming Sunday, November 6th

Whatcha doin’ on Sunday? Live in the Tampa Bay area and want to get your bike on? Well, the 5th Annual Bicycle Bash will take place at Flatwoods Park in Hillsborough County. Here’s a little bit from the Bash website:

The Fifth Annual Bicycle Bash is all about celebrating bicycling in the Tampa Bay area and it’s brought to you by SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers) — a nationally-recognized alliance of 12 Tampa Bay-area bike stores and three lawyers, too. The 12 SWFBUD bike shops are Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, Oliver’s Cycle Sports in New Tampa, Just Ride Bicycles in Lithia, Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole, Chainwheel Drive in Clearwater and Palm Harbor, University Bicycle Center in north Tampa, the Trek Bicycle Store in South Tampa and Clearwater, ABC Bicycles in St. Petersburg, Street Fit 360 in South Tampa, the Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg, the Ironman Store in New Tampa and Velo Champ in Seminole Heights. SWFBUD members who are lawyers are Thomas Singletary in Tampa, J. Steele Olmstead in Tampa and the Mark Roman Law Group in Clearwater.

The Bicycle Bash invites bicyclists of all stripes, backgrounds, ages and interests to come to beautiful Flatwoods to visit the bike shops, check out the vendors, bike the seven-mile paved loop or a mountain bike trail, enjoy the music, food and swap meet.

SWFBUD thanks our presenting sponsor — the Cure on Wheels bike ride, which will hold its event one day before the Bicycle Bash on Saturday Nov. 5 at Flatwoods. We also thank our co-sponsor, Hillsborough County, which manages Flatwoods Park, and our sponsor, American Traffic Solutions. See you Nov. 6 at the Bike Bash!

There’s going to be a lot of good times for bicyclists…Tampa’s Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be there to lend his support for the Peopleforbikes.org petition; food from the fabled “Taco Bus” (featured on Man Vs. Food and on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, both on the Food Network) will be served; rides to, from and around will take place during the event…so much to do and see! The Bash goes from 10AM to 4PM on Sunday. And, for the first time since the Bash’s inception, I won’t be there to capture words and images of the event. However, if you’re interested, you can see coverage of past years’ Bashes by clicking here.

If you’re in the area, it’s a must-visit event — one of, if not THE largest bike festivals in Florida.

Tampa Bay’s First “Tweed Ride”

My friend Chip Haynes just sent in the following details on an upcoming fun ride in the Tampa Bay area:

The First Annual Pinellas County Tweed Ride

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Leaving from Eagle Lake County Park, 1800 Keene Road in Largo at 10 a.m.

and arriving at the Safety Harbor Spa well in time for lunch.

Proper attire and mount required.*

*Please note: This is a ride for vintage British three-speed bicycles and traditional fixies with their owners in appropriate cycling attire.

Please dress, and ride, accordingly.

Tweed’s in short supply in our tropical climes, so if you’re interested in riding, start scrounging for appropriate attire. I wonder if someone should host a “seersucker ride” for our fair area?

Short-Notice Event: “Critical Manners” comes to Tampa

Sorry about the short notice on this one…got the announcement last Saturday but didn’t have time to put it up ’til just now. Elizabeth Holland, Tampa-area advocate behind this alternative to Critical Mass, shares the following information:

The first ever “TAMPA CRITICAL MANNERS RIDE” is set for Wednesday at 5:15 PM with the following meet-up spots:

— University of South Florida at Pine and Alumni Dr. – the parking lot across from the Botanical Gardens.
— Downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park, Ashley and Zack St.) This ride is point to point. It ends at Sligh and 30th (or peel off to your house or favorite watering hole along the way…maybe the Refinery, Independent or other Seminole Heights favorite.) We hope to get a good group leaving downtown.

We are also looking for volunteers to lead 30-minute rides from other locations. Rides can be point to point OR out and back.

The purpose of these rides is to improve the VISIBILITY of cyclists on our streets by engaging in safe, sane interactions with drivers. Coexistence! We will be law-abiding and friendly. Please have appropriate lights, helmets and wear reflective clothing, if possible.

I might just be able to meet up with the downtown group — if so, I’ll bring my camera and document what I can. Perhaps I’ll see some of you there?

Tampa Bay Heats Up for National Bike Month

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

All month:

– 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!