Last Sunday, my friend Kat Flynn was hit by a car on her way from Ybor Heights to Cyclovia Tampa Bay, a bike safety awareness-spreading and recreation event that closed off roads in eastern downtown Tampa.
Luckily she wasn't seriously injured, but talk about sending the important point home that "safety doesn't happen by accident." The now annual event aims to help solve problems that my friend encountered in the future by educating bikers and drivers on safe protocols for sharing the road. The introduction of Bike Share offers new hope; it has proven worldwide to make cities safer, with increased numbers of cyclists on the road.
The event brought hundreds of bicyclists all ages to downtown Tampa for a variety of activities and educational opportunities.