USF’s CUTR helps celebrate National Bike Month

TAMPA, Fla. (April 24, 2008) - The Tampa Bay area’s celebration of National Bike Month, May 2008, kicks off with the winning entries of “Visions of Cycling” on display at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts May 1-17 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. All of the photo entries will be on display and the prizes awarded during this event. The museum is at 200 N. Tampa St. in downtown Tampa and there is no charge for admission.

The competition is part of the month-long 2008 Tampa BayCycle, a month-long celebration aimed at promoting and encouraging biking to work, school or play. Entries, in color or black and white, had to have had a bicycle or a part of a bicycle in a photo taken in the Tampa Bay area. Prizes for first, second, third and honorable mention include nearly $1000 in cash and gift certificates and bike gear. 

The first annual BayCycle photography contest was aimed at celebrating the relationship between cycling and everyday life in the Tampa Bay community,” said Julie Bond, senior research associate at USF’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (, executive director of the event co-sponsor New North Transportation Alliance ( and co-founder of Tampa BayCycle (

First place in the student category was won by Fadi Sheik-Kahlil Garcia of Tampa while Michael Stephenson of Lutz won first place in the open category.

The photo contest was a great way for the local cycling community to see itself reflected in the work of local artists, said Adam Newman, one of three photo contest judges and author of Spoke ‘N Word, a local cycling blog. “These photos remind us of our chosen passion.

The BayCycle photography contest is just one of the many events associated with Tampa BayCycle during the month of May. Additional events include the Proclamation Bicycle Relay in Temple Terrace, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater May 1; the Commuter Challenge May 10-16; and National Bike to Work Day May 16. For details see

“Tampa BayCycle brings together people who believe that riding a bicycle benefits not only individuals but the whole community,” explained Bond. “Bicycle commuters save money on gas – an issue on everyone’s mind these days – helps them stay fit, helps reduce traffic congestion and, most importantly, helps people have fun.

CUTR, established at USF in 1988 and conducting $8 million in research annually for private and public sectors, is nationally recognized as an important resource for policy makers, the public and transportation professionals. CUTR provides expertise for developing solutions to transportation problems. CUTR staff includes experts in economics, planning, engineering, public policy and geography.

Tampa BayCycle is a consortium of local bicycle enthusiasts, business and transportation groups. Tampa BayCycle is co-sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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