The Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Bicyclist of the Year is awarded to a bicyclist showing extraordinary courage and resilience and serves as a role model for other bicyclists.
The Bicyclist of the Year for 2017 was presented to Michael Schwaid of Odessa, who commuted daily to his job at the Pinellas County Courthouse, earning national recognition from the League of American Bicyclists for surpassing 20,000 commute miles. That all changed on March 30, 2016, when he was hit by a drunk driver on his bicycle and sustained two broken ankles and a shattered pelvis. Schwaid spoke about what it meant to be a “roadie”, and explained some of the reasons a cyclist may leave the bike lane or ride in the center of the road lane, such as debris or puddles along the edge of the roadway. Schwaid also thanked his wife, Barbara, for all her support during his recovery.
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