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Florida Bike Month is Almost Here!

We here in Florida like to kick things off a bit early…while most of the rest of the nation celebrates National Bike Month in May, we go our own way and do things in March.

For folks in the Tampa Bay area, the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the New North Transportation Alliance have compiled a list of activities for the end of February, all of March and into May itself. Take a look:

Florida’s Bike Month Activities March, 2011
Visit www.TampaBayCycle.com or become a Tampa BayCycle Fan on Facebook for more information on all of the rides/classes/events listed.

All month:
– Tampa BayCycle Ambassador membership
– Free use of locker/shower at Downtown YMCA branches for bike commuters
– Weekly Discounts at City Bike Tampa
– Words for Wheels bike giveaway contest submissions (due March 2)
– Every Monday Tampa Bike Co-op free hands on bike maintenance clinics
– Every Thursday @7pm weekly rides from downtown Tampa www.citybiketampa.com
– Every Friday Group Bike to Work rides into downtown Tampa and USF from various locations
– Every Friday free bicycle valet parking at the Tampa Downtown Market
– Every Saturday different rides sponsored by the Seminole Heights Bike Club, SWAMP Club, Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, Just Ride Bicycles, Grupetto Meet Up

February 18-19 Traffic Skills 101 class

February 24 Urban Restaurant Tour, sponsored by City Bike Tampa

Tuesday 3/1 Clearwater Sustainability Plan open house 4:30 – 7:30pm www.myclearwater.com/greenprint

Friday 3/4 Bike month kick off at the Tampa Downtown Market 10am – 2pm

Saturday 3/5 USF Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

Saturday 3/5 Urban Safety Class sponsored by City Bike Tampa

Saturday, Sunday 3/5 and 3/6 Store expansion celebration at Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium

Monday 3/7 Ride Your Bike, Get in Free! 7:30pm Lightning game. Secure bike parking at St. Pete Times Forum

Thursday 3/24 Free Flat Repair Clinic 7-9pm sponsored by Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium

Friday 3/25 Critical Mass Ride, Seminole Heights Bike Club

Saturday 3/26 Tampa’s Downtown Bike Race and Festival 10:30am – 8:00pm

Saturday 3/26 First Annual Pinellas County English Attire Ride 10:00am

Thursday 3/31 Urban Restaurant Tour, sponsored by City Bike Tampa

April 1-3 Bike League Certified Instructor training

Saturday 5/14 Urban Safety Class sponsored by City Bike Tampa

Thursday 5/26 Free Flat Repair Clinic 7-9pm sponsored by Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium

Thursday 5/26 Urban Restaurant Tour, sponsored by City Bike Tampa
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There are a lot of good events to choose from, and I’ll report on more as they are announced. There are some upcoming group “ride to work” rides, and once I locate the map and details I’ll share them with you. Also, I hope to attend a number of these events as time allows, and I’ll be sure to carry my camera along to record the details. Stay tuned!

Racing Hits the Streets of Downtown Tampa

Many of us here are fans of bicycle racing…heck, we even sponsor a racing team (Mtnbikeriders.com Team — home of champions)!

So, I was very excited to head to downtown Tampa yesterday to catch the 2nd annual Tampa Twilight Criterium. This was a day-long event, combining 10 individual racing categories and several special events for families and local celebrities. We were able to spend a couple hours there and caught the 35+ Men and Women’s 1/2/3/4 brackets. The racing action was FAST and thrilling!

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Coupled with the races was the ECO.lution Festival in the Lykes Gaslight Park and surrounding streets. The entire area was bustling with festival-goers, racers and spectators and was a beautiful day for families to enjoy all that downtown Tampa has to offer. Here’s a shot of “tent city”:

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The festival was sort of a who’s who in local cycling endeavors…SWFBUD member shops, the Tampa BayCycle folks, the Tampa Bay Bike Co-op and many others were in attendance. I couldn’t walk 10 steps without running into another cycling friend or local celebrity here!

City Bike Tampa and Tampa BayCycle also offered free bike valet parking…and the corrals were packed this year:

bike valet

Here are some shots of the races…men’s 35+ in the first two and women’s 1/2/3/4 in the last two:

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women

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(note to self…I have GOT to get a better camera!)

As we walked away from the event, we discovered that the City of Tampa even blocked off a section of street for bike polo, something I’ve known about around here but never seen in person. It was pretty cool to watch, and my kids loved the wheel covers and the players’ bike-handling skills:

polo

This event is an exciting addition to Florida Bicycle Month, and we’re very happy that the Tampa Downtown Partnership helps get this race brought to us here…downtown is a fantastic place to hold a criterium, and we hope this becomes an annual tradition. In fact, I’ve spent the last few hours trying to convince some friends that we need to field a team for next year’s event. Anyone feel like sponsoring a couple of 35+ has-beens?

Florida’s Bike Month — Starting In March

This year, the state of Florida decided to celebrate Bike Month in March (rather than May, when it is celebrated in much of the rest of the U.S.).

Tampa BayCycle is sponsoring a series of events in the Tampa Bay area to help celebrate…lots of good times to be had by cycling enthusiasts in this region:

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Clearwater Sunday Ciclovía
March 1, 2009 8:00am to 2:00pm

Enjoy a day of family fun and healthy activities on a car-free, carefree Cleveland Street. Two miles of downtown Clearwater streets will be off-limits to car traffic on March 1, 2009, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, so cyclists, walkers, skaters, joggers and dog walkers can take over the streets for a day of street play. Click here to view the event flyer.

Call (727) 562-4047 for more information, including how you or your organization can get involved.

Free Flat Tire Changing Classes Each Saturday in March

Don’t let the fear of a flat tire slow down your cycling adventures. Register today!

When: One class each Saturday in March at 1:00pm
Where: The Bike Room, 2808 Fourth Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
To Register: Call the City of St. Petersburg-Cheryl Stacks at 727-892-5328
Details: Class size is limited to 4 students per class. You must bring your bicycle, as you will be learning hands-on how to change the tire.

2009 Words for Wheels Bicycle Giveaway Contest

Area residents are invited to enter Words for Wheels, an essay-based bicycle giveaway contest sponsored by Tampa BayCycle. To enter, submit a 100-word essay detailing how winning a bicycle would change your life. Two winning entries will be selected, and the winning authors will each receive a bicycle, light, helmet, and lock.

Submit your essay online by clicking here, or by mail to:

Words for Wheels
601 N Ashley Dr, Suite 1100
Tampa, FL 33602

Contest Rules:

Words for Wheels is open to all area residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Pasco, and Hernando counties.

Entries must be postmarked or received via email by February 20, 2009.

Your entry must include the following information: Name, Complete Mailing Address, Telephone Number, Email Address

1st Annual Tampa Twilight Criterium and Festival

Saturday, March 21st, 10AM — 8PM

A downtown Tampa loop will be blocked from traffic to allow for a variety of criterium races to take place. Racing categories range from a family fun ride all the way up to USAC Cat 1/2, with lots of amateur and senior action thrown in. During the races, a wellness and community festival and kids’ bike rodeo will take place in Lykes Park in the center of the crit loop. Please visit the Tampa Twilight Criterium website for more details and racing entry information.

Other events tend to pop up around the area during Bike Month…stay tuned for coverage of some of these and other events. I have to work on the day of the criterium, but the race course is just around the corner from my office so I’ll try to swing over there at lunch and after work to get some photos of the action.