Monday, November 23, 2009

SWFBUD Visits Pinellas County's MPO Bicycle Advisory Committee Today

This morning I represented SWFBUD in front of the Pinellas County MPO's Bicycle advisory Committee to explain that SWFBUD is working to love the Bicycle Bash festival event from downtown St. Petersburg to Flatwoods County Park in Hillsborough County in 2010.

The day is set for Nov. 10.

SWFBUD has enjoyed working with the coty of St. Petersburg to hold the Bicycle bash the past three years, but now we are looking to grow and expand the event by having live multiple bicycle events and activitoes going on while we also have a thriving exhibitor village.

County Commissioner Mark Sharpe of Hillsborough County made a bid on behalf of the county to host the Bicycle Bash.

We will call our 2010 event the "Bicycle Bash Classic" and Hillsborough County will be a co-sponsor.

Other features include:

-- The event will be FREE as usual, but attendees will have to pay the county's $2 parking charge for its regional parks at remote park lots about 2 miles away, then will take a shuttle to Flatwoods. Or they can bike in. I hope they take the bike.

-- The event will be the base for the Cure on Wheels charity bike ride.

-- The Tampa Bay Sports Commission will help market and promote the Bicycle Bash Classic statewide.

-- SWFBUD is looking to showcase all types of cycling at Flatwoods and market Tampa Bay as a great place to cycle.

More details to follow. SWFBUD hopes to reach a final agreement with Hillsborough County in December and have a press conference with the county and other partners in January.

It was great to see Laura Hallam, executive director of the Florida Bicycle Association, at the Pinellas Bicycle Advisory Commission. Laura gave a legislative update on FBA's bicycle agenda.

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