Friday, July 15, 2011

FBA leader a practical realist

Lowering Florida's alarming bicycle crash-death rate is Job 1 for Tim Bustos, the new executive director of the Florida Bicycle Association. Tim is in Miami to meet South
Florida cyclists at The Grove Spot this evening, and during the day he's taking stock of how our town fits into Florida's statewide bicycle picture. During breakfast at the Bagel Emporium, he struck me as a level-headed guy who will keep his eye on our shared needs when rhetoric and politics might derail less-seasoned advocates. Another sign of his practical streak was his choice to make his base of operations in DeLand, much closer to the state's population center. That's good news in Miami, where despite our numbers we often feel overlooked by the folks upstate.

I hope you'll come hear Tim at the happy hour social organized by Green Mobility Network. We'll gather at 5:30 p.m. to socialize and aim to end the program by 7 p.m. Grove Spot is at 3324 Virginia St., just around the corner from the Mayfair shops. There is lots of room for off-street bike parking.

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