Friday, May 8, 2009

SWFBUD Awards SWFBUDdy To Tampa City Center

This afternoon it was my pleasure to represent SWFBUD and present Sandy Ballestra, building manager of One Tampa City Center, with the first-ever "SWFBUDdy Award" for installing several terrific bike storage rooms that are very secure and for also planning to install lockers and showers.

It's so vital for city government to provide the safe infrastructure and also office buildings to provide secure places for bikes because that will drive bike-commuting in the Tampa Bay region. It's the green and right thing to do.

SWFBUD member store owner David Luppino, owner of Just Ride Bicycles in Riverview, and Karen Kress of the Tampa Downtown Partnership joined several building bike-commuters to witness the SWFBUDdy presentation. The bike room storage rooms are part of a movement in the building to encourage bike commuting because several HOK employees are bike commuting and looking to spread the word about how terrific bike commuting is. Sandy's work has created a spirit de corps for bike commuting and we hope One Tampa City Center is an example that other buildings can follow in the Tampa Bay region.

SWFBUD commends Sandy and any other buildings in Tampa that provide a safe and accessible storage area and congrats on the SWFBUDdy award.

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