Tampa's Mayor participates in National Ride Your Bike to Work Day
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05/19/11 Nolan Ruark
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The Pinellas Trail in Dunedin is a converted railroad corridor that provides a safe bike and pedestrian path.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (Jan. 2011)

Today is National Ride Your Bike to Work Day, and May is National Bike Month. To honor the date people held events across Tampa to raise awareness of bicyclists.

Today, Tampa City council commended Alan Snel, the director of the Southwest Florida bicycle United Dealers (SWFBUD), for advocating bicycle safety and bicycling as a means of transportation.

“We have a lot of partners and people are moving bicycling up in Tampa from many different directions so it’s not just me but I really accept on behalf of all the people working to improve bicycling in Tampa and I really appreciate this”

Snel and others rode their bikes from Davis Islands to downtown Tampa with Mayor Bob Buckhorn and members of the Tampa Police Department. Following the ride a press conference was held to unveil Tampa’s new share the road campaign. The campaign aims to make Tampa more bike friendly by adding bike lanes to a number of roads.

“It’s a about transportation it’s about livability it’s also about public safety”

Last night bicyclists held a ride of silence to commemorate bikers who have lost their lives on Hillsborough county roads. Cyclists wearing black armbands rode through Tampa to mourn and to advocate awareness for bicycle safety among motorists. 14 bikers have died on Hillsborough county roads since the beginning of 2010.

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