The Florida Bicycle Association gave out awards last week to some local bicycle advocates who have worked hard to improve the profile of bicycling in the Tampa Bay area:
-- Program Award: Karen Kress of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and Julie Bond of the Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF were recognized for their bike program, Tampa BayCycle, which works to get people on bikes to work, school and play.
-- Volunteer Award: Jim Shirk of Tampa is Mr. Bicycle Volunteer in the Tampa Bay area. I can personally tell you that Jim works selflessly and tirelessly on so many bicycle events. He helped me put on the Bicycle Bash and created a bike route for the Seminole Heights Home Tour -- and that's a small slice of his volunteering. He also serves on the Hillsborough Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
-- BPAC Award (speaking of BPACs): Congrats to the Pinellas County Bicycle Advisory Committee, led by chairman Tom Ferraro, who does a terrific job leading that panel. Kudos to support staffers Brian Smith and Sue Miller.
-- Special Recognition of the Year Award: Rebecca Afonso, of Oldsmar, whose bicycle help included doing terrific work for the 2010 Florida Bike Summit in Tallahassee.
Congrats to all!