Tag Archive: tampa cycling

Two of my very favorite bike commuters…

I was happy to see this published in the online and print editions of the Tampa Tribune this morning…two of my favorite bike commuters, Doug and Doreen Jesseph of Tampa.

(Shameless photo borrowing from the Tampa Tribune…because it’s just so dang cute!)

I had been hounding the Jessephs to submit “commuter profiles” for our recurring series…perhaps now, with a little celebrity, they will agree to pull the trigger and share their two-wheeled thoughts with us!

Anyhow, take a look at the Tribune article by clicking here. And, stay tuned for more commuter profiles as we empty the hopper in the next few weeks — I am a bit behind on publishing a few of them.

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?

Memorial Ride for Slain Cyclist Kayoko “Kay? Ishizuka

From our friends at the Tampa Bay Bicycle Co-op:

Memorial Ride for Slain Cyclist Kayoko “Kay? Ishizuka

October 7, 2010, Tampa – On Sunday, October 10th at 10 a.m. friends and fellow cyclists of Dr. Kayoko “Kay? Ishizuka will come together for a memorial ride in her honor. Dr. Ishizuka was killed early Saturday, Sept. 25, when she was struck from behind by an SUV while riding her bicycle in the bike lane on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Dr. Ishizuka was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Medicine and was riding home at 1:30 a.m. after working at the USF laboratory.

To say Kay loved cycling would be an understatement. For that reason, a short group bicycle ride will be held in memoriam of Kay. It will start at Simmons Park on the USF Tampa Campus (closest cross streets are Magnolia Dr. and Walnut Dr.). The group will leave shortly after 10:00 a.m. and ride a 4 mile loop around the campus, making a stop across the street from the crash site (Pine Dr and 30th St.) for a “ghost bike? memorial dedication, then returning to the park before 11 a.m. Participants are asked to wear a helmet.

For more information go to, or contact Chris Chow at or 813-305-7854.