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Our Members Matter

Today, a special thank you t0 our members.  Our members care about cycling.  Our members support our legislative platform initiatives to protect public safety that ensures walking or riding a bicycle on a public road isn’t punishable by death.  As the Florida legislative session comes to a close, we look forward to the off session and the opportunity to educate our delegates of our public safety concerns once again.  Endurance is a cyclist’s middle name, and we will go the distance to achieve our goals.  

The following was shared with FBA membership earlier today:

The Florida Bicycle Association recently held our second Board of Directors quarterly meeting in Ocala.  We wish to thank the Ocala Mountain Bike Association and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance and hospitality.

Highlights from the meeting include presentations from Mickey Thomason, manager of the Cross Florida Greenway, Jared Hartman, president of the Ocala Mountain Bike Association and an update to our soon to launch Ride Leader to Ride Marshal certification program.

FBA members have access to Board of Directors meeting minutes and other organization documents online at our Documents Library.  We appreciate your patience as we work on updates.  Please send your comments and suggestions regarding content to

FBA Board of Directors
Florida Bicycle Association is accepting applications to serve on our Board of Directors.  Download the brochure for more information or complete this form and we will contact you.

FBA Members Survey
Florida Bicycle Association wants to hear from you!  Please complete this 12-question survey to help us better serve you.

2017 Florida Legislative Session
May 5th is scheduled as the close to session, but it looks as though it may be extended or a special session will be called as the House and Senate make efforts toward a budget agreement.

The bills of interest to the FBA legislative platform, HB 47, HB 69, HB 541, CS/SB 144, SB 1742, SB 408 and SB 432, died in committee.  Although these bills did not advance in committee, we are optimistic for next session and look forward to working with the bill sponsors on future legislation.

The attack on Share the Road specialty license plate continues to be monitored.  (Please read the April 24 article for reference.)HB 1375 and HB 545 are in Senate Messages.

The Senate Appropriations Committee heard and adopted SB 784 on Monday, May 1st.  It is currently on the Special Order Calendar for May 4th.  SB 56 was not considered and thus died in committee.

It ain’t over until it’s over, but we remain optimistic and will continue to monitor SB 784, HB 1375 and HB 545.  We remind you again to send a thank you to any law-maker you contacted during this session as it will help form a positive relationship moving forward.

On behalf of the FBA Board and Advisory Board, thank you to the heart and soul of our association – OUR MEMBERS – who made and continue to make the effort to preserve the purpose and integrity of the Share the Road specialty license plate.  Bike Florida and Florida Bicycle Association appreciate your support of our Share the Road initiatives.

Now let’s get to what we really enjoy – CYCLING!

May is National Bike Month!

Celebrate with cyclists across the nation – Go Ride!  Visit our website for more information.

Adventure Cycling Association events

Adventure Cycling Association is gearing up for its June Bike Travel Weekend and the September Bike Your Park Day.  Make your plans today!

Share for Socks

2017 marks our 20th Anniversary – time to celebrate!  Show your support for FBA by sending your action bicycle photos during our “Share for Socks” campaign.  You could win a pair of limited edition 20th Anniversary FBA SockGuy socks!  Email your action photos to

What are you looking for?
Our Resources by the FDOT may be able to help.  And you can help FBA populate the information by emailing missing information links to

Links to additional information:
Florida Driver’s License Handbook

Florida Bicycle & Pedestrian Law Enforcement Guide
Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program

FBA Complete Streets Savvy

Education is our mission – Ride Smart / Be Safe – teach by example and share the road.

Becky Afonso, Executive Director, Florida Bicycle Association

Congratulations to our 2016 Annual Award recipients!  Click here  for a complete listing.

Do you have a bicycle story to tell?  Photos to share?  Be our guest and be our next guest blogger!  Send your story and photos to

Speaking of stories, our quarterly Messenger newsletter is available online for your internet reading pleasure.  Visit the FBA website Home page or click here.  Want a hard copy of our Messenger?  Join Florida Bicycle Association or visit one of our bicycle shop members!

Complete Streets Savvy, or CSS, is a general bicycle educational presentation.  The purpose is to provide basic information with regards to the Florida Department of Transportation’s adoption of Complete Streets policy and how cyclists and motorists can share the road safely. This presentation runs 10 – 15 minutes and is designed for legislators, civic organizations and other entities that meet regularly and need informative content.  There is no fee.  Make your request for CSS today!

Visit our Advocacy page to read about our legislative platform and to subscribe to email updates.

Bike Florida and Florida Bicycle Association share a common cause in bicycle education for residents and visitors to the Sunshine State.  Share the Road license plate proceeds benefit Bike Florida and Florida Bicycle Association to further these bicycle educational efforts.  What’s on your motor vehicle?  Get the Share the Road license plate!

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