Bike Rides to take place throughout Tampa Bay next week05/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
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This is National Bicycle Month, and local bike activists are gearing up for the occasion in a major way.
Nearly everyday next week, the group is planning a major bike ride to bring attention to the joys of bike riding, beginning Monday morning in St. Petersburg. That ride will begin at 7:15, and be led by Mayor Rick Baker.
Julie Bond is the director of the new North Transportation Alliance, a public-private partnership that works to promote transportation options in the New Tampa, Temple Terrace and other parts of Tampa area. She says there will be other public bike rides to or from work throughout all of next week (roll tape#1 o.q.”Dunedin”)
The City of Tampa is slowly coming around to address bicylists. Plans are underway to create bike lanes on Nebraska Avenue, Bayshore Boulevard, and Tampa and Jackson streets downtown.
Organizers of the group Tampa Bay Cycle are using May as a springboard to activate the imaginations, and the bodies of bicylists and would be bicylists throughout the Bay Area.
Julie Bond is also part of Tampa Bay Cycle. She said the group has also offered different street skill courses for the would be bicyclist, and plans on doing so again (roll tape #1 o.q. “on that day”)There will be a street skills course on May 17th in St. Petersburg from noon to 1:30PM. And for more information on the various rides to work event beginning next Monday, you can go to tampabaycycle.com