A nationally-recognized, award-winning alliance of 11 Tampa Bay retail bicycle stores and four law firms. SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers) works to increase the profile of bicycling in the Tampa Bay market by putting on the annual Bicycle Bash festival, lobbies government agencies and elected political leaders to devote more resources to bicycling; and partners with local businesses and community leaders to show that bicycling is effective transportation, a healthy lifestyle and a regionwide asset.
SWFBUD was created in January 2007 when former longtime newspaper reporter and bicycle activist Alan Snel recruited retail bicycle stores in Tampa Bay to join two founding SWFBUD members -- Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium in north Tampa and Oliver's Cycle Sports in New Tampa -- to create an alliance that would offer political clout in advancing bicycling in the region.
Through the years, SWFBUD prompted Hillsborough County to initiate a bicycle safety action plan in response to tragic bicyclist deaths; leaned on the city of Tampa to start a bicycle-pedestrian plan and increased the awareness of bicycling through its annual Bicycle Bash and frequent media coverage. SWFBUD also attended bicycle summits in Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee to alert elected leaders to support pro-bicycle legislation.
The 11 bicycle stores are: Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, Chainwheel Drive, Oliver's Cycle Sports, ABC Bicycles, Trek Store of St. Petersburg, Bicycle Outfitters, The Ironman Store, The Trek Stores of Tampa and Clearwater, Street Fit 360, Just Ride Bicycles and University Bicycle Center.
Clearwater Auto Accident Lawyer and Personal Injury Law Firm, Roman & Gaynor is committed to cyclists' rights on the roads of the Tampa Bay Area.