Skateboarders, rollerbladers, unicyclers, stilt-wearers, tandem-bicyclists, and BMX tricksters rolled, spun, and strolled through 56th Street yesterday from Whiteway Drive to Busch Blvd. in Temple Terrace on Sunday, May 15, 2016. It seldom feels 100% free and easy to walk or ride a bicycle here. Typically, traffic flies by at high speeds, but Cyclovia is a chance for people to take back the streets.
Temple Terrace residents and other local citizens enjoyed free food and water, and purchased kettle corn and smoothies from vendors. Sam’s Bike Worx provided free air to cyclists whose tires needed a lift. Bike/Walk Tampa Bay gave away helmets and bike lights to adults, children, and parents along with reflective WalkWise bags that they strapped to their backs and stored their new gear inside.
Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay Coordinator Lucy Gonzales along with other Bike/Walk Tampa Bay volunteers fit over 140 people for helmets, gently tugging at the strap until the helmet was “snug, but not too tight!”
“If you’re under sixteen, you must wear a helmet. It’s the law in Florida.” BWTB Program Director Julie Bond explained to families who visited the Bike/Walk Tampa Bay tent. Lucy adjusted a strap on a little boy’s helmet and said, “Plus, you want to be safe, right?”
Cyclovia events let us all safely use the streets for a day, but we’re teaching adults and children alike to use the streets safely for life. Join us by signing up today on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to like Bike/Walk Tampa Bay to stay up to date on current events in your area. You can also follow us on Twitter!