Monterey, Calif. -- The good news about bicycling is that there are people in the industry such as bike shop owners, suppliers and distributors who are doing wonderful work to advocate for better bicycling conditions in this country.
It was an honor to see those folks honored last night when Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN), the magazine that covers the bicycle industry, handed out "BRAINy" awards to these incredible people.
That's why I was awfully humbled to receive the retail bike store advocacy BRAINy on behalf of SWFBUD last night. I'm still amazed SWFBUD was singled among the more than 4,000 bike shops across the nation.
It's a tribute to the eight bike stores and one lawyer who make up SWFBUD. They need to be mentioned here: University Bicycle Center, Chainwheel Drive, Oliver's Cycle Sports, Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, Bicycle Outfitters, Suncoast Trailside Bicycles, Trek Bicycle Store, Just Ride Bicycles and Tampa lawyer Thomas Singletary.
Please shop at those bike stores because those bicycle shops are committed to bicycle advocacy in the Tampa Bay region -- and they were honored nationally for that commitment last night. Know that some of your dollars that are spent at those stores are going to help put on the Bicycle Bash by the Bay festival and lobby local governments and agencies to improve bicycle conditions.