Tuesday, October 21, 2008

SWFBUD Holds Bicycle Bash by the Bay III

SWFBUD held Bicycle Bash by the Bay III Sunday Oct. 19 and it was a glorious day at Vinoy Park on the St. Petersburg waterfront. More than 2,000 people enjoyed the day of Tampa Bay bicycling advocacy, celebration and diversity.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker visited and re-confirmed St. Pete's commitment to cycling and emcee John Sinibaldi did a terrific job keeping the day moving along.

SWFBUD member store Bicycle Outfitters of Seminole arrived first and arrived in style -- by bicycle only. A caravan of more than a dozen store employees and their family members left their Seminole store around 6:30 a.m. and followed the Pinellas Trail to Vinoy Park, arriving there about 7:45 a.m.

Here are your SWFBUD stores:

Bicycle Outfitters

A SWFBUD tip of the helmet to owner Adam Beland for coming with all the store's gear via bicycle only.

Here's some of the caravan from Bicycle Outfitters that brought all the Bash gear via bicycle.

Bicycle Outfitters did repairs workshops.

University Bicycle Center

Owners Manny and Carlos Mirabal met hundreds of BBbtB attendees and covered family biking and triathlons

Revolution Bicycles

Owner Bill Addler (right) did body scan fittings and his store had a nice waterfront position.

Chainwheel Drive

Owner Tom Jessup, a board member of the National Bicycle Dealers Association, enjoyed chatting with folks.

Suncoast Trailside Bicycles

Owner Geoff Lanier bicycled to the BBbtB (he had a nice tailwind!). He talked racing with Bash visitors.

Suncoast Trailside Bicycles co-owner David Luppino was on hand and selling shirts as part of his new business.

Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium

Store manager Manny Sierra was on hand to do fittings.

CBE owner Brian Eckman, a member of the bicycle/pedestrian advisory committee in Hillsborough County, chatted with attendees.

Oliver's Cycle Sports could not attend because owner Randy Myhre was moving his store Sunday.

Monday, October 6, 2008

SWFBUD Supports Bike Commuting at Commuters Event in Tampa

SWFBUD supports bike commuting and I attended a downtown Tampa commuter event today to represent SWFBUD and talk to people about the 2008 Bicycle Bash by the Bay. I'm here with the famed Ghost Rider, Jack sweeney of bikecommuters.com

CBE owner Brian Eckman is a big bicycle advocate, donating his time to wrench bikes at a commuter event in downtown Tampa today.