Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jim Shirk Newest Friend of SWFBUD

SWFBUD thanks all-world bicycle volunter Jim Shirk for becoming a Friend of SWFBUD. If it's a bicycle event in the Tampa Bay area, you can count on Jim offering his helping hand. Jim is a citizen member of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee in Hillsborough County, has volunteered at SWFBUD's Bicycle Bash every year, and contributed to the TampaBay Cycle efforts to get people commuting to work.

Great work Jim, who will be joining me at this year's National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. from March 9-11.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

BRAINy Award Visits Chainwheel Drive in January

The 2009 BRAINy Award given by Bicycle Retailer magazine to SWFBUD for our advocacy work in the Tampa Bay area is spending a month at each SWFBUD member bike shop. The award spent November at Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole and December at Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium.

In January, the BRAINy will stay at Chainwheel Drive in Clearwater.

Chainwheel Drive also has a nice page on its Web site showing a short summary of SWFBUD's work in 2009.

We are also working on creating a new Bicycle Bash experience for 2010. Stay tuned.

Monday, January 4, 2010

SWFBUD Works With HART To Get Bike Safety Signs On Buses

On Dec. 23, a HART bus nearly hit me while passing me on Rowlett Park Drive in Tampa. It was the third time a HART driver nearly bashed me while passing and each of the three drivers -- when confronted -- told ne they did not know that drivers had to pass bicyclists on the road with a space of at least three feet in Florida.

Today, I spoke on behalf of SWFBUD before the HART board and retold the story and told them the agency needed to do a bicycle awareness campaign in response to the bus drivers' ignorance of the three-foot buffer. That is, they need to post signs about passing bicyclists with at least three feet and without honking while also slowing down.

I was told by HART at today's meeting that the signs will go on the buses and deliver messages such as this on outside Clermont.

Katharine Eagen, HART's chief of service development, will be in charge of this bicycle safety awareness campaign. Her email is if you want to contact her about the importance of the three-foot buffer law.