Tampa begins National Bike Month

05/02/08 Mitch E. Perry
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May is National Bike Month, and to observe the occasion, more than three dozen cyclists rode into downtown Tampa on Friday.

With gasoline rising toward $4 a gallon, the incentive to ride a bike has never been greater. Just outside of Mayor Pam Iorio’s office, National Bike Month was noted, with dozens of cyclists being a part of the festivities.

One of those cyclists was Bob Glaser, chair of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. He referred to a local group responsible for the event, Tampa Bay Cycle, and the Elite 100.

Representing the city of Tampa at the news conference was Santiago Corrada, the city;s neighborhood services administrator. He said Tampa is now committed to looking at alternative ways of transit, which includes cycling.

A majority of those cyclists who rode in downtown Tampa came from St. Petersburg, crossing the bay on the Friendship Trail.

Tim Butts, president of the St. Petersburg Bicycle Club, hailed improvements made in both St. Pete and Tampa for cyclists, but said the next move is for the non-bike riding citizenry to get better informed.

Julie Bond, director of the new North Transportation Alliance operated out of USF, cycles virtually every day from her home in Temple Terrace to the campus on Fowler Avenue. On this occasion, she traveled into downtown Tampa, and said it’s a much more challenging course.

National Bike Week begins on May 12, and National Bike Day is Friday, May 16. For more information, go to Tampabaycycle.com.

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