The annual Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Summit provides a forum for our community to come together to showcase the region’s progress, establish the Coalition’s priorities, and discuss how to transform the Tampa Bay region into the best place in the nation to bike and walk.

 

The 2021 Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Virtual Summit was held on Friday, November 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

A virtual local tour was held at 4:00 p.m.

Bike/Walk Tampa Bay hosted another great BWTB Virtual Summit this year! The event kicked off with an update from our Advisory Board Chair, Dave Andreychuk; Becky Afonso of Florida Bicycle Association shared about an important bicycle safety law that went into effect this past July; Shaina Finkel, the national president of SADD, spoke about how her organization is encouraging teens to make safe decisions; and more!

Click here to request a link to the recording!


 

Our Summit also included a special awards ceremony. Bike/Walk Tampa Bay presented the Michael R. Schwaid Bicyclist of the Year award to an extraordinary citizen bicyclist who has demonstrated courage and resilience, and serves as a role model for other bicyclists. This very special award, named in memory of Michael Schwaid for his passion for bicycling, his bike safety advocacy, and his bravery for returning to bicycling after experiencing a nearly fatal crash with a drunk driver while riding his bike.

The award this year went to Bob Griendling. 

For more information about the Michael R. Schwaid Bicyclist of the Year award and recipients, please visit: bikewalktampabay.org/schwaid-award

 

We were also pleased to present our inaugural Pedestrian of the Year award. The following were the nomination criteria (not all criteria needed to be met to qualify):
* Citizen living in Pinellas or Hillsborough Counties
* Demonstrated commitment to improving pedestrian education and safety, and/or the benefits of walking
* Source of inspiration to others

The winner of the Pedestrian of the Year Award was LaShanda Copeland.

See our winner of the Pedestrian of the Year Award.