The South Florida Bike Coalition wants to bring back Cyclefest – a free, family-friendly festival of bicycling to the City of West Palm Beach – and we think the city should join us as a hosting partner, co-planner and co-producer. The volunteer planning team already includes local icons (Jack the Bike Man), multiple local business representatives and individuals. We have received support from the Downtown Development Authority and interest from the Mayor herself, Mayor Lois J. Frankel.
Today, we’re asking you to take a minute and email Mayor Lois Frankel, let her know you think the City would do a great service to our community and the city’s world class reputation by bringing back Cyclefest. We will be meeting with the Mayor this week and we want her to understand the full support that bicycling and free, family-friendly events enjoy in our communities. We don’t just want the City of West Palm Beach to let us bring back Cyclefest; we want Mayor Frankel and her administration to make sure that Cyclefest returns to stay!
Here’s some inspiration in writing your email to Mayor Frankel (email@example.com)
Dear Mayor Frankel,
My name is ___ and I’m a lifelong/2 year/new resident of South Florida/Palm Beach County/West Palm Beach. I am writing to you today to ask you for your support of bicycling and Cyclefest 2011.
Riding bicycles is a great way to spend time with family, be healthy and get around any city. It’s fun, good for the environment and positive for the community. The South Florida Bike Coalition, Jack the Bike Man and the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority are just some of the local non profit groups working to bring back the International bicycle festival known as Cyclefest to the City of West Palm Beach. Cyclefest would bring thousands of local as well as people from around the world to celebrate West Palm Beach by bicycle. It would be completely FREE, entirely family-friendly and 100% positive for local business and the international reputation of your city.
The truth is, Cyclefest could go to any city so I am asking you to help us bring Cyclefest to West Palm Beach by supporting it as an official City event. I think this is a special opportunity to bring our community together and make a sustainable impact on our future. I support Cyclefest and I hope you will consider supporting it as Mayor.
–J. Doe, family man/business owner/bicycle commuter/PTA member…
We hope you’ll take a moment to send a quick email to the Mayor and that you‘ll consider supporting Cyclefest through Facebook, events like last Friday and perhaps by joining our volunteer planning committee, as well.
If you want to bring an event like this to your city, the South Florida Bike Coalition can help with that, too. We are helping to bring back Bike Miami Days on October 10th, 2010 (and again in November, stay tuned); we are meeting with leaders in Broward regularly to plan a ciclovia connecting their Downtowns and we are open to your suggestions. No matter where you love to ride, we hope you’ll support Cyclefest 2011 for West Palm Beach. This will be a 3-day event of everything bicycle – bike rodeos and professional criterium races, vintage bicycle shows and a freak bike parade, bicycle design contests and much more. We think it will inspire support from cities across our region for improving and promoting bicycling.