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July 4th Ride a Success!

Bikecommuters.com and the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club co-hosted a bike ride the night of July 4th to go catch the fireworks in downtown Tampa. We only got about ten riders…LOTS of regulars were out of town for the weekend…but we had a blast and couldn’t ask for a better viewing area for the fireworks display.

Here’s our crew heading out from the Seminole Heights Garden Center:

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It’s a pretty effortless spin downtown…not a lot of traffic heading down that way, and once we got into the downtown zone, being on bikes made a huge difference in navigating the narrow streets. We were able to zip right down to Tampa’s Riverwalk and scored a great spot to view the fireworks at Cotanchobee Park. Being able to “park” mere feet from our viewing spot was nice, too:

parking

Lots of folks took their boats downtown, too — here’s a shot of the water traffic in Garrison Channel, with Tampa’s exclusive Harbour Island in the background:

boats

And, of course, the main event…a pretty spectacular fireworks display with a stunning finale that left the crowd cheering. I ran out of both still- and video-camera memory just before the finale, but got some of the display recorded for posterity. Enjoy!

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The ride home was a piece of cake, too. While thousands of “temporary” pedestrians headed for their cars, we simply got on our bikes and headed out. We were able to zip past dozens of cars caught in post-finale gridlock and made it home in only a few short minutes. No one even tried shooting bottle rockets at us!

July 4th Ride…Tomorrow Night!

Just a reminder…perhaps we’ll see some of you tomorrow night?

The Seminole Heights Bicycle Club and Bikecommuters.com are hosting a night ride on July 4th. Come ride with us to catch the fireworks display at Channelside in downtown Tampa. We’ll be meeting at the Seminole Heights Garden Center (5800 N. Central Avenue, Tampa) at 7PM and rolling at 7:30PM. Our destination is Cotanchobee Park on Tampa’s Riverwalk. It’s about a 12 mile roundtrip and will be slow-paced, family-friendly and FUN!

Bike lights (front and rear) are required and festive decorations strongly encouraged. For details on the route, questions or more information, please contact Jack at: ghostrider(at)Bikecommuters(dot)com. See you there!

flyer

Click here for a larger version of the flyer.

We haven’t figured out what we might do if it’s raining…and it’s been raining a LOT here in Tampa. Pray that the storms hold off!