The Tampa Downtown Partnership announces the launch of Tampa BayCycle campaign activities for Florida’s Bike Month – March 2014. Tampa BayCycle is an initiative which encourages bicycling instead of driving to work, school, on errands or recreational activities. The campaign brings people together who believe riding a bicycle benefits both you and our entire community. This is the seventh year Bike Month is observed in the Tampa Bay area. There are almost 20 events/programs scheduled throughout the month.
For the next four weeks the Tampa Downtown Market will feature an area bike group with special offers. Other planned activities include free bike safety courses, themed group rides, bike light giveaways, events, and more. A similar slate of activities will also be held during May 2014 – National Bike Month.
Additionally, in preparation for the Coast Bikeshare program this spring, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is adding more bike parking options. It will be a combination of medallions on parking meter posts, free standing bike racks and two self-repair stations. This will bring the total number of places to park your bike downtown to approximately 250!
“Through Tampa BayCycle, we want to offer a variety of opportunities for people to get on their bikes. From bike valet at the Tampa Downtown Market and Gasparilla festivals, bike safety classes, to promoting Bicycle Friendly Business designation; we are offering something for everyone throughout the month” said Karen Kress, director of transportation and planning, Tampa Downtown Partnership, and a “bikes on bus” commuter. “Fifteen percent of trips are within one mile of home and could easily be taken by bicycle instead of car. With a helmet, proper safety skills and careful route choice, biking becomes a much more feasible and healthier way to get around.”
About the Tampa Downtown PartnershipThe Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, the TDP administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the TDP serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, planning and beautification. For more information, visit www.tampasdowntown.com.