SWFBUD is proud to announce that seven individuals in the Tampa Bay area will be receiving SWFBUDDY Awards for their help to make the Tampa Bay area more bicycle friendly and to raise awareness about bicycling. The SWFBUDDY Awards will be given at 12 noon during the Bicycle Bash festival on Nov. 7 at Flatwoods Park.
-- Maj. John Newman of Tampa Police, District 2. Maj. Newman deployed electronic message board signs showing bicycle safety messages in District 2 locations such as Bruce B, Downs Blvd. and in Seminole Heights. Maj. Newman also deployed bicycle officers to help keep the Hub Grub Bicycle Ride bicyclists safe during bike rides.
-- Cpl. Troy Morgan of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Cpl. Morgan also deployed portable message boards with bicycle safety messages on main county roads such as Fletcher Avenue and North Dale Mabry Highway.
-- Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern. Councilwoman Mulhern was instrumental in getting her fellow council members to approve the creation of a bicycle safety action plan in light of seven Tampa Bay bicyclists who have been killed in a 2 1/2-month period. Councilwoman Mulhern also got her council to agree to staging a bicycle safety workshop.
-- State Rep. Janet Cruz. Rep, Cruz has thrown her support behind a proposal to build a paved bike trail along the By-Pass Canal from Morris Bridge Rowd to Tampa and was the sole elected official to appear at a Memorial Bicycle Ride on Oct. 1 to remember those bicyclists who have been killed recently in Tampa Bay.
-- Ed Collins. Ed showed great leadership to voice his support for bicycle safety reform after his dad, Admiral LeRoy Collins, was killed while bicycling in Tampa on July 29. Ed appeared before the Tampa City Council and spoke at the Memorial Bicycle Ride on Oct. 1 to call for improved bicycle conditions in Tampa Bay.
-- Selena Glass. Selena showed great courage on Oct. 1 when her mother, Diane Vega, was killed while bicycling to work early in the morning in Tampa. Fourteen hours after her mom was killed, Selena met bicycle riders returning from a memorial Bicycle Ride in Tampa while carrying a lit candle to remember her mother.
-- Christopher Chow. Christopher showed great love for bicycling when he organized a bicycle memorial and ghost bike for bicyclist Kayoko "Kay" Ishizuka, a USF health researcher who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. near USF on Sept. 25.