September 04, 2006


It's official: my buddy Alan is having more fun than words can express.

In just a couple weeks since leaving the Tribune as the sports business writer, Al has organized a major event for his client.

Side Salad will be covering the event and providing full support.


The FAQ about the event, as stated on Al's excellent Bike Stories blog:

What is the Bicycle Bash by the Bay?

It’s a bicycle festival that the Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium and Oliver’s Cycle Sports bicycle stores are throwing at the St. Pete Times Forum plaza. It’s a day to celebrate and promote bicycling in the Tampa Bay area. We think bicycling is great because it can help reduce car traffic, conserve gas, improve people’s health and make our communities a better place to live.

When is it and why are you guys having it at the Forum plaza?

It’s on Oct. 29, a Sunday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. before a 5 p.m. Lightning game. We’re hooking up with the Lightning and the Forum because we wanted to have a bicycle festival at a high-profile venue where people are used to gathering. The plaza is ideal because it’s big enough to hold the Bicycle Bash’s various events.

What types of bicyclists do you expect to come?

If you can pedal it, we want you there. We want all types of bicyclists and bicycles to come – roadies and mountain bikers; urban one-speeders and beater bikes; trails bicyclists, BMXers and even low-riders and choppers.

What kinds of events will you have?

Our events will have something for everyone. We’ll have cool bicycle collections; people from our bike stores performing bike stunts; people from bicycle groups talking about biking to work. And even a group that will be accepting old bikes that will be repaired to be given away to charity.

What about the kids?

The Bicycle Bash will be a great festival for kids. We’re having the Hillsborough County sheriff’s office there to stage a mini-bike rodeo where they’ll give away helmets to kids and give them lessons on riding safely. And the kids will enjoy the bike stunts, too. We’re also working with the Forum about leading a kid’s bike ride around the outside of the arena. Because the game starts at 5 p.m., the Forum is expecting more children and families than usual to attend.

And free giveaways?

Lots of stuff. We’re giving away 10 free kids bikes and 5 free adult mountain bikes. Stay tuned for more information about how you can win the bikes. We’ll also give away water bottles and the sheriff’s office will give away helmets to kids.

Any contests?

We hope to have fun trike races for kids and adults and even a bike-handling competition.

What's your Web site?

Bicycle Bash

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