Welcome to the 2014 SWFBUD Bicycle Bash -- Nov 6 10am-4pm at Flatwoods Park

The 7th Annual Bicycle Bash in downtown Tampa is all about celebrating bicycling in the Tampa Bay area. The Bicycle Bash invites bicyclists of all stripes, backgrounds, ages and interests to come to beautiful Cotanchobee Park on Tampa's waterfront to visit the bike shops, check out the vendors, bike the Riverwalk, and enjoy all things bicycling. See you APRIL 6 at the Bike Bash!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

SWFBUD Says Thanks For Flier Distribution Help

SWFBUD thanks John Chastain and Nereia Cormier for helping distribute Bicycle Bash Festival fliers the past few weeks.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SWFBUD Works To Get Bike Lanes On Bayshore Blvd. In Tampa

Besides putting on the annual Bicycle Bash festival every year, SWFBUD works year-round to advance bocycling in the Tampa Bay region

SWFBUD has urged the city of Tampa to re-pave Bayshore Boulevard and stripe bike lanes for years and we welcome the city on doing the job now.

WMNF radio in Tampa did a cool report on the Bayshore project.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

NOLA Cafe Returns To Bash

Louis Robert, owner of the NOLA Cafe in Tampa, tells me he will return to be a vendor of the Bicycle Bash Festival.

And I'm talking to other notable Tamoa Bay area restaurants that want to be vendors, too. Stay tuned for come announcements.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mayor Bob Buckhorn To Lead A Bash Ride

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he will lead a Bash Ride at 11:15 AM at the Bicycle Bash around the 7-Mile Loop.

And Julie Bond says the new BikeSmart bicycle education program will teach a class at the Bash, too.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bicycle Bash Vendors, Sponsors and Volunteers Wanted

If you are interested in being a Bicycle Bash vendor, sponsor or volunteer, please contact alansnel@yahoo.com.

A Bicycle Bash Look Back From 2006 to 2010

The Bicycle Bash started on Oct. 29, 2006 when David Luppino of Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium teamed with Alan Snel to stage the first Bash on the terrace outside the St. Pete Times Forum before a late-Sunday afternoon hockey game between the Lightning and the San Jose Sharks,

In 2007, SWFBUD was born and the Bash moved from the Forum to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.

In 2007, Jack Sweeney of bikecommuters.com offered some outstanding coverage, including the previous photo and this post on his web site.

In 2008, Adam Beland and his Bicycle Outfitters crew biked all their supplies to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.

Check out the 2008 coverage here.

In 2009, we moved from Vinoy Park to North Straub Park in St. Petersburg.

Here's a photo montage of that event.

We had a lot of fun bicycle visitors that day.

In 2010, we moved from St. Petersburg in Pinellas County to Flatwoods Park in Hillsborough County and enjoyed the scenic setting. It was a gorgeous day at Flatwoods and people enjoyed themselves.

Welcome to the 2011 SWFBUD Bicycle Bash -- Nov 6 10am-4pm at Flatwoods Park

It's Bicycle Bash time again!

SWFBUD invites all bicyclists in the Tampa Bay area and Florida to attend the 2011 SWFBUD Bicycle Bash Festival -- a day to celebrate bicycling in the Tampa Bay area.

Your hosts are the 11 bicycle stores in SWFBUD, which stands for South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers. Your SWFBUD bike shops are Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, Oliver's Cycle Sports in new Tampa, Just Ride Bicycles in Lithia, Street Fit 360 in south Tampa, Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole, Chainwheel Drive in Clearwater, ABC Bicycles in St. Petersburg, University Bicycle Center in north Tampa, the Trek Store of Clearwater and South Tampa, The Ironman Store in new Tampa, and the Trek Store of St. Petersburg. SWFBUD also includes three lawyer/bicycle advocates -- Thomas Singletary, J. Steele Olmstead and the Mark Roman Law Group.

Support those people because they make the Bicycle Bash possible every year.

The Bicycle Bash's presenting sponsor is the Cure on Wheels bike ride, which drew 350 riders last year and raised more than $160,000 for local cancer causes at Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital. The Cure on Wheels ride is one day before the Bicycle Bash on Saturday, Nov. 5, also at Flatwoods.

The Bicycle Bash's co-sponsor is Hillsborough County, which manages beautiful Flatwoods Park. Amd SWFBUD welcomes a new Bicycle bash sponsor this year -- American Traffic Solutions.

This is the 5th annual Bicycle Bash and each year it's amazing to see the wide variety of bicyclists and age groups who attend the Bash. This year we will have our bike stores, lawyers, and bike and healh vendors on hand. Plus music, food and free bike gear giveaways courtesy of the SWFBUD bike shops.

We will have the usual swap meet and also some great guests such as Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioners. Plus, we will also have a bouncy house for the kids.

And don't forget the SWFBUDDY Awards -- honors that are publicly given to those in Tampa Bay who have stepped up to make our area more bicycle-friendly.

If you want to be a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer at the Bicycle Bash on Nov 6 from 10 am to 4 pm, contact alansnel@yahoo.com.

To get a taste of what the Bicycle Bash is all about, check out this Bike Bash video.