Events, new bike hubs, and a #CoastChallenge all happening during the month of March
TAMPA (February 28, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership announces the kick-off of Florida Bike Month by promoting local bike events, continuing the success of the Bike Friendly Business program, adding Downtown bike amenities, and supporting bicycle safety education.
Director of Transportation and Planning for Tampa Downtown Partnership, Karen Kress, is a founding member of Bike Walk Tampa Bay and a biking advocate. “Fifteen percent of trips are within one mile of home and could easily be taken by bicycle instead of car,” said Kress. “With a helmet, proper safety skills and careful route choice, biking becomes a much more feasible and healthier way to get around.”
Throughout Florida Bike Month, Tampa Downtown Partnership is offering a variety of opportunities for people to get on their bikes – from bike valet at local events, bike safety classes, fun group rides, to promoting a Bicycle Friendly Business designation.
Bike Friendly Businesses
“In 2015, Tampa Downtown Partnership created a Bicycle Friendly Business campaign to recognize leading downtown businesses embracing cycling for their employees and customers,” said Kress.
“This effort resulted in the City of Tampa ranking number one in the State of Florida and top ten in the country with over 30 certified Downtown businesses offering special incentives for customers arriving on bike.” Kress continued, “In fact, Tampa Downtown Partnership is the only Gold certified non-bike shop business in the state and in 2016 we won a state-wide award from the Florida Bicycle Association as the best ‘bike-friendly business.'”
Downtown Calendar for Florida Bike Month
A robust list of “Bay Area Bike Happenings” includes public input meetings, fun group rides and free BikeSmart classes. The full calendar is available at BikeWalkTampaBay.org.
Some of the highlights in downtown include:
Coast Bike Share Expands
Coast continues to experience about a 30 percent growth rate each year. Tampa Downtown Partnership is contributing to that growth by underwriting ten new Coast Bike Share racks to complement the 100 new bikes soon being added to the fleet. This will increase the system to 40 hubs and 400 bikes.
Coast Bike Share is encouraging riders in Tampa and St. Petersburg to take as many trips as they can during the month of March. The top five users will be rewarded with prizes. Trips must be longer than three minutes and happen March 1 through 31 to be eligible.
Downtown Tampa’s Bicycle Fun Facts: