Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ride the Divide Movie in Tampa

Join us for fun and a great movie:
Ride the Divide Movie

Location Cinebistro Hyde Park
Thursday, April 28
6:30 & 8:15 p.m.; Tickets $11 in advance at

First 50 to attend via bicycle receive a free bike light!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


TAMPA (March 22, 2011) – The Tampa Downtown Partnership announces the Third Annual Cigar City Brewing Twilight Criterium and Festival, presented by DEX Imaging, on Saturday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., based at Lykes Gaslight Square in downtown Tampa. The event is free and open to the public, and caps off the Tampa BayCyclec ampaign’s Florida Bike Month activities.

The Criterium will draw athletes from all over the southeast, from teen to professional racers. The bicyclists will be vying for position while racing through downtown Tampa streets at 35 mph – it is NASCAR on two wheels!
In addition to the Criterium, the family-friendly event also features a street festival, including demonstrations on bicycle maintenance, spinning, bike polo, an “exotic bike” display and more. Families will want to check out the Fit Kids Playground, decorate their own bicycles and join area mascots in the St. Petersburg Times Fun Ride. The *tbt Urban Roll is a casual ride that will give riders the chance to win raffle prizes, including Cigar City Brewing beer for a year! Free bike valet parking is available throughout the day.

Local restaurants will be on hand with their own fare, and Cigar City Brewing will offer Criterium Ale, blended exclusively for the event.

A Criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 5 km), often run on closed-off city centre streets. Race length can be determined by a total time or a number of laps, in which case the number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses.

Generally the event’s duration (commonly one hour) is shorter than that of a traditional road race, however, the average speed and intensity are appreciably higher. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line without having been lapped.

Success in a Criterium requires a mix of good technical skills — in particular, the ability to corner smoothly, while “holding your line” on the road, as well as rapidly and sharply — and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional “sprint” ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners.

In addition to Cigar City Brewing and DEX Imaging, event sponsors include Carrollwood
Bicycle Emporium, City of Tampa, Lifestyle Family Fitness, Reeves Volkswagon and Subaru, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Suncoast Electric Vehicles and US Tent.

For more information about the Third Annual Twilight Criterium and Festival, and to preregister for events, please visit, or call (813) 221-3686.
Tampa BayCycle encourages commuters to cycle to work, school, to run errands or play. Tampa BayCycle was formed through efforts of the New North Transportation Alliance and the Tampa Downtown Partnership. For more information, visit
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Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 Words for Wheels Winner Essays

Words for Wheels is a 200-word essay contest. The winners wrote and submitted essays describing in their own words how winning a bicycle would change their lives. Here are the two 2011 winning essays!

Larry - I’ve lived the life of many men and walked the road of many men. I am proud to say the life I live today is a more positive life tracing the road for many to follow. I have to wake up everyday and find my strength in order for me not bounce back in the kind of negative life surrounding me. I have many appointments to get to on a daily basis, so I use my bike as a means of transportation in order or me to get around. Although I have the option to use public transportation to get to my destination I choose to use my bike because it also helps me to maintain my health. My health is very important to me and I know exercising is a way to do so; therefore I do my best to ride long distances at times to my appointments. Sometimes it’s painful but I keep going because it will do me more good than bad.

A couple of months ago, all that effort came to an end because my bike was stolen. It has been hard for me because I don’t get around like I use to I can’t get the exercise that I need. I use a cane to walk, and it is not easy, so since I need my exercise. I walk long distances when I can to my doctor appointments.

Sometimes I have to go to the doctors without an appointment so I don’t really have a chance to plan to use transportation. So I’m hoping that I will have an opportunity to win this bike, because I can’t afford one. Like I said I walked the road of many, I would love to ride with the ones that choose to be on the right path for their health.

Chris - I haven't biked to the workplace since I was 16, several presidents and nearly 30 years ago. At that time, my employer was a beachside restaurant twenty miles from home. I had a 28-inch waist, my resting heart rate (if I'd known what such a thing was at that age) would be the envy of every 40 year old I know.

I now live less than 8 miles from a downtown St Petersburg workplace that features indoor bicycle storage, a shower, wellness philosophy and a parking lot that could use a spot freed up for customer use. There's dependable and direct (bicycle-friendly) bus service a few blocks over for those few days and nights when the Tampa Bay climate prevents me from cycling home.

The route to and from work features dedicated bike paths and trails. It passes a bayou that in winter holds manatee and white pelican, in summer fishermen and kayakers. I'll pass a shrimp house and coffee roaster, a bakery and on Saturdays, a world-class produce and fresh food market so need to get panniers!

On mornings when able, Ill accompany my fourth grader to her school several blocks from home. Well share the experience of a 'commute' through our community, a few minutes saved from the purgatory of car line.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Penn’s Cycling School Presents: Traffic Skills 101:

Penn’s Cycling School Presents: Traffic Skills 101:

Who: Anyone who wants to improve bicycle handling skills, ride safe in traffic and learn evasive maneuvers. This is a pre-requisite course for League Certified Instructors.

When: February 18th and 19th, 2011

Time: Friday: 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Tampa Bay Trail Ranger Station: 9201 W Waters Ave Tampa, Fl - 33635

What: This is a 9 hour course designed by League of American Bicyclists to teach you how to ride safely in traffic, develop bicycle handling skills, hot to use multi-use trails, and to fix common mechanical problems. The class will also include a 7- 10 mile road skills test in which will ride to a spot to eat lunch (to be purchased individually). For a certificate of completion you must also obtain 80% on a written test.

Cost: $125.00 (includes materials, refreshments and Sat AM breakfast) Pre registration required – space is limited

Register Online: By Mail: Send checks Payable to: Sharon Monahan, 18808 Tracer Drive, Lutz, FL 33549

QUESTIONS: Contact Sharon by phone 813-482-4364

Important Information
• All riders must sign a release
• All riders must have an approved Helmet and 2 wheeled bicycle in good working order – see your local bicycle shop for tune-up details.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

USF’s Amazing Race, ”A bicycle scavenger hunt”

March is Florida’s Bike Month and National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Join us for USF’s Amazing Race, a bicycle scavenger hunt. The event will take place at the University of South Florida’s Tampa Campus! The race is open to anyone over the age of 18 who would like to join the fun. You do not need to be affiliated with USF to enter and participate in the race.


■Saturday, March 5, 2011
■Team check-in begins at 11 a.m.
■Race orientation starts at 12 noon; all participating teams must be present
■Race begins immediately after orientation
■After Race party with food, music and prizes
■Awards Ceremony with prizes for the top 5 teams; certificates and photos for all teams
Preregistration is required


■Teams of two ride bicycles to solve clues leading to checkpoints on campus
■Self photos taken of team showing checkpoint
■Each team must bring either a digital camera or camera phone to take checkpoint photos
■First teams back with correct check points win grand prizes, everyone receives recognition, certificate and other prizes
■Teams must stay together and photos from only one cell phone/camera will be allowed and taken in order of checkpoint list
■Teams must cross finish line with bicycle, walking bicycle during event is allowed, bicycle must remain with participant throughout race
■Phone-a-friends to help solve clues are allowed at any time during the race
■Information booths include WeCar, WalkWise Tampa Bay, Wellness Education & Promotion, Tampa BayCycle, Bicycle Club at USF , USF Police Bicycle Registration and more

■USF Campus Recreation Center, Race takes place on the Campus of University of South Florida Campus

Questions? Call USF Wellness Education & Promotion (formerly Wellness USF) at 813-974-4936. Or Email Julie Bond, Tampa BayCycle co-founder at

Brought to you by Wellness Education & Promotion, Tampa BayCycle , Bicycle Club at USF, New North Transportation Alliance and USF Campus Recreation. Grand prizes will be awarded to the top teams and everyone will receive a Certificate of Participation. Check back for a list of Prizes. Photos of each team will be posted on the Tampa BayCycle website, and Wellness Education & Promotion and Tampa BayCycle Facebook pages!

A limited supply of “new” and cool helmets will be given to those who need a helmet and preregister. Bikes and helmets are also available to USF employees and students through the USF Borrow Our Bikes program. All participants must sign an event waiver and helmets are mandatory during the race.

Preregistration is required. The first 75 to register will receive a WeCar t-shirt or a WYBAC t-shirt that can be picked up on event day. Awards Ceremony and post event party after race. There will be booths, music and giveaways throughout the entire event.

If you want to learn or refresh skills, attend a free Bicycle Commuter Skills Course at the University of South Florida before the Race on Wednesday, March 2 at 11:30 a.m. Register HERE!