Wednesday, August 27, 2008

UBC Joins The Bicycle Bash by the Bay/SWFBUD

I'd like to welcome longtime Tampa bicycle store University Bicycle Center -- known as UBC around here -- as the lastest retail bicycle shop to join SWFBUD. South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers is a group of seven Tampa Bay area bicycle shops committed to growing bicycling together by joining forces and advocating for improved conditions for area bicyclists.

I spoke at length this week with Manny Mirabal, whose family has owned UBC since 1972. Manny is committed to working with SWFBUD bike stores to get more people on bicycles, lobby our local governments to commit more resources for improved roads and trails and make the Bicycle Bash by the Bay the premier bicycle event in the area bringing together Tampa Bay's diverse and rich biking community.

Look for Manny and UBC at this year's Bicycle Bash by the Bay, which is set for 11AM-4PM at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Oct 19, right after the Share the Road Ride, which is set for 8-11AM.

If you want to be a vendor, please contact The cyclists with the Share the Road Ride will have $5 meal tickets to redeem, so if you are a food vendor, you will have a chance for a lucrative day at the Bicycle Bash by the Bay.

1 comment:

GhostRider said...

Hooray for UBC! I talked with them about the Bash and SWFBUD last year (just after the Bash), and they seemed very encouraged by the possibility of joining both efforts. I'm glad to hear they joined -- they've got a long history in Tampa and they can wield some serious lobbying power if they choose to. Bravo, UBC!!!