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!