Suwannee Bicycle Association is located at 12 Bridge Street, White Springs, Florida. We have a headquarters (HQ) building with a large interacting area, kitchen, bathroom, and showers (with hot water!). Most of our off-road riding areas are within riding distance from HQ. There is also awesome road riding from this area. Maps are available at HQ for both types of riding. Most of our events are either hosted from headquarters or the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.
The founders and most members of the Suwannee Bicycle Association were not local residents...so a gathering place was (and is) needed. When SBA started, the organization was able to rent the brick building next door to the historic store, to serve as home-base. Members fashioned the building into a hostel/club house with large front room with couches and tables, small central office, kitchen/storage to the rear, and outdoor showers behind the building. Instead of bunkrooms, everyone camped on the surrounding grounds.
This building was acquired by the organization in the Year 2000 through generous donations from members and friends (see plaque on wall in building) and proceeds of SBA events. Also that year camping beside and behind SBA HQ was no longer permitted by request of city officials. They plan to turn the area surrounding HQ into a pedestrian mall within the next few of years, so camping on the grounds was (and is) no longer appropriate.
SBA Headquarters continues to serve as a welcome center for visitors interested in bicycling or paddling in the region and is well stocked with maps and information about the entire Suwannee region. The building also continues to serve as gathering place for members and guests, as a staging venue for smaller events, open houses and trips, and as a storage facility for event equipment.
The kitchen area is currently undergoing renovations. Both refrigerators, the stove, and the cabinets are being donated to the Town. New cabinets were built by Mark Wiencek, and a team of volunteers including Mike Kelley, Richard Pushaw, Mike Toffalo, and Dale and Mary Nanny are repairing, building, painting, installing and generally improving that important work area for all of our events. Tony Beavor will be helping refinishing the floor to last longer under our heavy use, and Gene Tuffalo for his expertise with the granite tile countertops. And many thanks to Muna Keeney for her professional design guidance, and to Mark Nelson of Moyer Marble for a great deal on the granite. Pictures of the before, during, and eventually the after can be seen here.
SBA Members can apply to use the building. The application form is here. Requests should be made at least one week prior to use.
On occasion other organizations can apply to use the building for an event. The application form is here. Requests should be made at least six weeks prior to the event.