The Treasure Coast Cycling Association hosted their annual Labor Day Holiday Group Ride in Stuart yesterday with great success and VIP appearances from Laura Hallam (Florida Bicycle Association) and Rep. Adam Fetterman(District 81, Port St. Lucie).
We’d like to thank Laura for her shout out to SFBC and for her eloquent words on the importance of collaboration in effective advocacy. The SFBC works closely with the Florida Bicycle Association at the state level and we appreciate their support of local advocacy groups, bike clubs and bicyclists. Laura was in town to present Rep. Fetterman with the Florida Bicycle Association Elected Official Champion of the Year Award. Rep. Fetterman (Adam) called to the crowd to keep the pressure on Tallahassee; your state senators and representative need to hear from you that safe bicycling is important. Anti-bicycling groups have lobbyists promoting bills like HB 971 and others that take money away from active transportation infrastructure, fight legislation outlawing dangerous driving and undermine progressive driver education programs. Your state representatives have an incredible amount of power and opportunity to improve safety conditions, on and off-road trails and law enforcement as it relates to bicycling. They need to know that matters to their constituents.
What is your local representative in Tallahassee doing for you as a person who bicycles? Rep. Adam Fetterman, the FBA’s Elected Official Champion of the Year, wants you to find out!
All of this happened at the kickoff of the TCCA Annual Ride, which brought out 125 people to ride together through Stuart on Labor Day. The Treasure Coast Cycling Association is our non-profit partner to the north and has been promoting bicycling in Martin, St. Lucie, and Northern Palm Beach counties since 1986. Member/Leaders Kirk Wilstermann and John Goings both serve on our Board and are just all-around nice guys. You can sign up for their famously packed e-newsletter (‘TCCA News, Group Rides and other Upcoming Cycling Events’) here.