It was a great day in Tallahassee as I represented SWFBUD at the Florida Bike Summit, where I met state Rep. Janet Cruz and state Rep. Betty Reed -- two state lawmakers from Tampa.
I travelled with Jim Shirk, king of the bicycle volunteers of Tampa Bay and chairman of the local MPO Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
We asked Reps. Cruz and Reed to support legislation for a ban on texting while driving and asked her to support future proposals for a vulnerable user law and to oppose the elimination of the greenways and trails department.
It was also nice to see fellow Tampa area folks who won Florida Bicycle Association awards such as Tina Russo, Bevin Maynard, Sharon Monahan, Lori Snively and Cris who runs the ALS ride.
There was also some behind-the-scene discussion of a proposed bike-ped safety ad campaign for the Tampa Bay area titled, "You vs. Vehicle: You lose every time." The rather ominious sounding campaign prompted Dennis Scott, the Florida DOT's bike -ped coordinator to contact the local Tampa Bay District 7 office. We shall see.