Bicycle Bash at Flatwoods park to draw thousands
NEW TAMPA - You can expect thousands of bicyclists to become one with nature at Flatwoods Wilderness Park on Sunday. The nature park nestled between Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Morris Bridge Road is the site of the sixth annual Bicycle Bash, a one-day festival geared to energizing Tampa Bay area bicycle riders. "We have unprecedented interest in bike riding in the Tampa Bay area," bash coordinator Alan Snel said. "We have bicyclists of all backgrounds and interest coming together for this one event." The fest has become an annual celebration to salute cycling and to recognize locals who promote bicycles as a practical and environmentally conscious mode of transportation.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillsborough County-owned preserve at 14302 Morris Bridge Road in Thonotosassa. It is expected to draw a bevy of dignitaries, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a bicycle enthusiast who is scheduled to lead a ride through the park at 11:15 a.m. This year's bash will feature representatives from Bikes Belong, a Colorado-based bicycling advocacy group, and a cycling education program called Bike Smart, which aims to raise awareness of bike safety. Other activities include a children's helmet giveaway, an awards program, mountain bike rides and food vendors. The festival will center on a 7-mile paved trail that loops the park. Attendees are encouraged to cycle to the park. Motorists who enter Flatwoods from Morris Bridge Road must pay the $2 county park entry fee, Snel said. The bash will follow the annual Cure on Wheels charity bike ride Saturday to help raise money to support H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, All Children's Hospital and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers alliance plans the annual ride.
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