This is a re-post from SWFBUD site. If you would like to see the entire article and additional pictures please follow this link ( http://www.bicyclebash.info/ ) to their very informative site will all the information you will need. Come join Tampa in the Best Bicycle Bash in the Country!
Update, see below…
… from Alan Snel and SWFBUD: Free bicycle helmets for the kids will be available at the 2012 Bicycle Bash on NOV 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at Cotanchobee Park. Hillsborough Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Vance said he will have the helmets available at the Bash in the kids activity zone. http://bicyclebash.blogspot.com/2012/10/free-bicycle-helmets-for-children-at.html
The inaugural Bash drew thousands of bicyclists to the Tampa Bay Forum plaza in 2006 and one of the Southeast’s premier bicycle events is coming back to downtown Tampa in 2012 after three years in downtown St. Pete and two years in Hillsborough County.
Now SWFBUD wants to spread
the bicycle love to Tampa.
South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers, a nationally-recognized and award-winning alliance of 9 Tampa Bay bicycle stores, puts on the annual Bicycle Bash Festival to promote bicycling as a great way of life, effective transportation and healthy lifestyle in the Tampa Bay market.
Making the Bicycle Bash possible is SWFBUD’s 9 member bicycle stores — Oliver’s Cycle Sports, Chainwheel Drive, Bicycle Outfitters, University Bicycle Center, Street Fit 360, Trek Store of Tampa and Clearwater, ABC Bicycles, Trek Store of St. Petersburg and Velo Champ. SWFBUD also has three member lawyers who advocate for improved bicycling conditions — Tom Singletary, J. Steele Olmstead and the Mark Roman Law Group.
SWFBUD speaks as one on behalf of 9 Tampa Bay bike shops, three lawyers and the thousands of bicyclists we represent because our strong voice carries political clout. SWFBUD prompted the Hillsborough County Commission to create a Bicycle Safety Action Plan; we proposed a regional bicycle trail network that is now crystallizing; and we helped stop the demolition of the beloved Friendship TrailBridge.
SWFBUD also leaned on the city of Tampa to create more bicycle lanes and sharrows, held several swap meets to offer affordable bicycle merchandise and increased the profile of bicycling in a market that has suffered a reputation for not being friendly to bicyclists. SWFBUD has accomplished this by forging political relationships with elected leaders, galvanizing bicyclists of all backgrounds and stepping up to speak out at public forums on behalf of bicyclists in hopes that Tampa Bay will value bicycling and enjoy its many benefits.
SWFBUD puts on the annual Bicycle Bash free of charge and is partnering with the city of Tampa for this year’s event in beautiful Cotanchobee Park, which showcases Tampa’s Riverwalk and is located behind the Tampa Bay Times Forum between the Tampa Bay History Center and Marriott Waterside on the Channel.
Featuring many fun activities, such as a swap meet, bicycle art, free bike gear, and SWFBUD’s bicycle shop and legal experts.
This article is the property of SWFBUD. Please click this link http://www.bicyclebash.info/ to connect with SWFBUD 2012 Bicycle Bash information page.
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