Wednesday, June 11, 2008

National Park (ing) Day

From Nathan Tone-

National Park(ing) Day 2008, an annual event, happening in Tampa Bay on September 19th, celebrates parks in cities by creating temporary parks in public parking spaces. National Park(ing) Day is an all-volunteer event, and any participation is welcome. One can, build his or her own park, help others build parks, or simply visit Park(ing) Day parks throughout the day. Look at for details, a how-to manual, photos and videos, or to connect with participants near you.

Roadies and Mountain Bikers Unite at the Trail to Trail Series

Roadies and Mountain Bikers Unite!!!
Trail to Trail Race series:
Round 1 = Aug 3rd -Loyce Harpe Park –Lakeland FL
Round 2 = Aug 17 –Santos -Ocala FL
Round 3 = Sept 21th - Loyce Harpe Park Lakeland FL -Trail to be Raced Backwards.

Race fees are just $25 per event. ** Special -Enter the first two events and get the 3rd race for just $15 !!
We have several new sponsors and some AWESOME cash and prizes!!!

Trail to Trail Race Description:
The event is a one of a kind race bringing Mountain Bikers and Road Racers together for some great fun and competition. There will be team and solo categories as well as an “all mountain” class for those who want to take the challenge on one bike.
The race starts with a 35-45 minute off road mountain bike race where racers compete on single track trails and after completion of the off road course they will then saddle up for a 30-35 mile road course that will bring them back to the park to then complete another lap on the mountain bike course.

If you are looking for a team mate just send us an email and we can help.

Wanna be a sponsor of this event? We would love to promote your business. Contact us ASAP to make sure you get on the official Trail to Trail Tee shirt, flyer, and all promotional items for the event.

Look for the flyer and updated website soon!

Thanks a lot
Hope to see you there!!

-RTR Race crew

Monday, May 12, 2008

Temple Terrace to USF Easy Bicycle Ride

Friday, May 2, 2008

Riders Meet in Tampa to kick off Tampa BayCycle

Riders from Temple Terrace, Seminole Heights and St. Petersburg met in downtown Tampa to kick off Tampa BayCycle month.
Photos courtesy of Alan Snel.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hillsborough County Bicycle Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete this short on-line bicycle survey for the Hillsborough MPO.

Results will be used in the development of the Comprehensive Bicycle Plan: for prioritizing types of bicycle facilities; where they are needed; and what safety programs would help get more people to try cycling.

Bicyclists have diverse cycling skills and experiences, so it would be best to get a large number and variety of survey respondents. Please circulate this survey to your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.

Winning Photographs Posted

Check out the winning photographs for the first Tampa BayCycle Photography contest.

Opening reception on May 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Photography Contest Update

We received many entries for the first Tampa BayCycle Photography Contest. The judges had a large selection of amazing photos to review. Thanks so much to our judges Joanne, Will and Adam. Mark your calendar for the Opening Reception at the Museum of Photographic Arts on May 1 from 5 p.m - 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Suncoast Trail Sunset Spin to benefit STAG, INC.

Suncoast Trail Sunset Spin
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008

Sign–In begins at 6:30 PM – at Suncoast Trailside Bicycles at SR54
Ride begins at 7:00 PM at the Suncoast Trailhead at SR 54

This is a Bike Only Event
Bicycle Lights are required front and rear.
Helmets are mandatory.
Win prizes and/or gift certificates.
This event is geared for everyone! The ride help supports STAG, INC.
Sign in is at Suncoast Trailside Bicycles on SR 54 at 6:30-7:00 PM
(located in the Super Target Plaza).
The ride will start at the trail head located on SR54 and the Suncoast Trail at 7:00 PM. There will be a turnaround at the Starkey Park entrance and the trail, this will be a 8.5 mile ride. And the last turn around will be a loop into Starkey Park and will be a 22 mile ride.
Refreshments will be located at each turnaround station. Rider support ends at 9:00 PM.

Riders who pre-register before March 10, 2008 will pay $10.00. Same day registration will pay $15.00.
Free to children under 12 years of age. Children must be accompanies by an adult.

For more information, call 813-558-1117, ext. 12 OR email:

Awareness Video from UK

Check out this awareness video from the UK.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Friday, March 7, 2008

East Pasco Habitat for Humanity Charity Fundraiser set for April 6

I received this information from Karen Streaker regarding the first Charity Bicyle Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is a cause worth supporting. When I was living in Salt Lake City, the employees of the organization (Utah Transit Authority) I worked for actually built a house. We donated money and "sweat" as we worked together hammering nails building a home for someone who needed our help.


On Sunday, April 6th, 2008, East Pasco Habitat for Humanity, will hold its first Charity Bicycle Fundraiser, “The Ride for Humanity”. We would like to involve as many cyclists from all over the state to participate as possible!

Each rider is being asked to try and raise pledges for Habitat and ride routes ranging from 10 miles to 62.5 miles. All rides will start and end in Dade City. There will be a choice of riding on the roads in and around Dade City and San Antonio or on The Withlacoochee Trail. The pledges are not mandatory but we would appreciate it if the riders could ask friends to support their ride for Habitat.

Signing up is easy…...there is a link to our fund-raising bike website on After the ride, we are having a great lunch, refreshments & live music! We want everyone to have a blast!

If you can not ride in our charity bike ride, would you please help us by “spreading the word” about our ride? Please pass the information on to someone else who might enjoy the day…….

The goal for this year’s ride is to raise $30,000 for East Pasco Habitat for Humanity. There are some 8,400 children children in Pasco County who go to bed each night sleeping on the floor of a home with faulty plumbing, bare electrical wires, holes in the floors and vermin too numerous to mention. Habitat works with families who can pay the no-profit, no-interest mortgages that are held by us to give them a “hand-up, not a hand-out”. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD’S LIFE!

Thank you for considering partnering with Habitat and supporting our commitment to provide affordable housing in East Pasco County. I can be reached at (352) 567-1444 or by e-mail at to answer any questions that you may have. Your support is vital to our mission and is truly appreciated


Karen Streaker
The Ride for Humanity

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

2008 Words for Wheels Contest-WIN A BICYCLE

Leslie, 2007 Winner, poses with new bicycle
courtesy of Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium and Oliver's Cycle Sports

How would owning a bicycle change your life?
Tell us and you could be the owner of a new bicycle.

It's simple. Just tell us in your own words (250 or less) why owning a bicycle would change your life. Would you use your bicycle to commute to work or school, for grocery shopping, or to ride to social events? Is saving the environment or money important to you. How about the health impact? You tell us. . . . . . in your own honest style.
Essay Submission:
Please submit your essay via mail or email to:
Julie Bond,
New North Transportation Alliance
Center for Urban Transportation Research/USF
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT 100
Tampa, FL 33620
or email to

Your entry must include the following:
Name, Complete Address, Telephone Number, Email, Age

Rules: Must be over 18 years of age and a resident of Hillsborough or Pinellas Counties. Entries must be postmarked or received via email by April 20, 2008

Questions: Call 813-974-9799.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Seminole Heights Bicycle Club Inaugural Ride

Article courtesy of Alan Snel:

The Seminole Heights Bicycle Club launched its maiden bicycle ride with 60 bicyclists on Saturday Feb. 16, including Mayor Pam Iorio.

It was a gorgeous morning of bicycling six miles through the streets of scenic Seminole Heights, including a pitstop for coffee and water at Patterson Street Park on the scenic Hillsborough River about halfway through the route.

Cyclists of all ages and riding all types of bicycles -- from kids on BMX bikes to adults on hybrids to couples on tandems -- celebrated the newly-minted bicycle club's inaugural ride with a victory lap about Lake Roberta.

During the bike ride break at Patterson Street Park, Mayor Iorio commended Seminole Heights as a great neighborhood, cited the new bike lanes and road improvements of Nebraska Avenue and even said she will work on getting bike lanes painted on Platt Street in the city.

The Seminole Heights Bicycle Club thanks Mayor Iorio and Starbucks for their participation and stay tuned for announcements of different bike rides by the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club.

photo, Alan Snel

photo, Alan Snel

photo, Alan Snel

photo, Alan Snel

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Tax Package that included Bicycle Commuter Benefit, eliminated from Energy Bill

On December 18, the House cleared energy legislation H.R. 6, which President Bush plans to sign. Passage was assured once Senate Democrats dropped a $21.8 billion renewable energy and energy efficiency tax package. The decision by Senate leadership to eliminate the entire tax package initiative from the energy bill dashed hopes of having the Commuter Tax Provision passed for this year. Congress could revisit this early in 2008 and pass the tax portion of the energy bill as a stand-alone bill.