Getting Around - Bike and Walk!

National Bike Month Activities in Downtown Tampa - May 2014

       

Tampa BayCycle is your resource for local bicycling news, events, safety tips & advocacy.  The initiative encourages biking as an option for getting to work, school, for errands or recreational activities. The campaign is designed to bring people together who believe that riding a bicycle benefits both you and our entire community.  This is the seventh year for Tampa BayCycle Bike Month events. Tampa BayCycle is made possible through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation and managed by the New North Transportation Alliance and Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Month-long activities include free Bike Safety Courses, fun group rides, light giveaways, bike to work events, and more. A complete schedule of events in Tampa Bay can be found here.

Considering bike commuting? Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) offers a “Bike Buddy” program to connect cyclists with similar routes. They back it up with an Emergency Ride Home for peace of mind on a car-free day. Test the ride out on May 16, National Bike to Work Day! HART offers many programs to support cycling.  Riders can also join the National Bike Challenge and make Tampa proud.

Caffeinated Bikers: Tampa BayCycle partnered with Kahwa Coffee’s six area locations to distribute free bike light safety kits to cyclists through the “Brighten Up Your Day and Night” campaign. Free cup of coffee included!

More Bike Parking:  In anticipation of the Coast Bikeshare program, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is adding more bike parking options with parking medallions, meter posts, bike racks and two self-repair stations.  Total places to park your bike will increase to a total of 250!

Bikes at the Market: Tampa Downtown Market feature a different local bike group each week, offering free bike valet, bike safety literature and bike lights every  Sunday, 10am – 3pm.  Check out Coast Bikes at the Market and enter to win a one-month membership.

May 4: City Bike Tampa, a full service specialty bike shop with two Downtown Tampa locations offers rentals, tours, sales, service, repairs, parts and accessories. Use the Market Bike Valet and receive 50% off a tune-up ($35 value).  

May 11: Tampa Bay Bike Co-Op, an all-volunteer, community organization prepares cyclists for the road ahead by providing the space, education, tools and parts to maintain and enjoy their own bicycles. Ride your bike to the Market and get a free safety checks from a Co-Op staff mechanic.

May 18: History Bike Tampa, offers guided tours starting in downtown Tampa highlighting different neighborhoods and topics.   Abbreviated tours will be offered from the Market at 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

Other events:

May 1: EPC of Hillsborough County’s 13th Annual Clean Air Fair   11:30am-1:30pm at Poe Plaza
Free annual Coast BikeShare membership drawing.

May 3: History Bike Tampa Tour 10am – 12noon

May 7: National Bike to School Day

May 8:  BikeSmart Class  6pm Duckweed Urban Market. Participants receive free bike gear. RSVP required

May 10: Free Bike valet at Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown

May 14: 5:30pm Hillsborough County Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

May 15: 12-1 p.m.  BikeSmart Class 12 noon – 1 p.m.  Free bike gear for participants. RSVP required

May 16: National Bike to Work Day 

More info: kkress@tampasdowntown.com or 813.221.3686.

May 21: Ride of Silence

May 29:  Urban Restaurant Tour

May 30: Critical Mass Tampa

For a list of area group bike rides, click here.


For additional information regarding Tampa BayCycle and a complete schedule of events in the Tampa Bay area, please visit www.TampaBayCycle.com or the active Tampa BayCycle Facebook page.

Tampa BayCycle encourages residents to cycle to work, school or play. Tampa BayCycle was formed through efforts of the New North Transportation Alliance and the Tampa Downtown Partnership. For more information, visit www.TampaBayCycle.com.



Downtown Tampa Pedestrian and Bike Safety

WalkWise/BikeSmart is a grassroots effort to provide pedestrian and bicycle safety education and resources to downtown and the Tampa Bay community. In 2008, 11.1% of pedestrians and 17.4% of bicyclists killed in the U.S. died in Florida, which has 6% of the nation's population.  Raising awareness about this important issue is the first step.  The Tampa Downtown Partnership has partnered with FDOT to deliver a free Pedestrian Safety Presentation for your business, association, church, school or group.  Each attendee will receive a WalkWise/BikeSmart Tampa Bay reflective bag after the presentation and be named to our growing list of WalkWise Ambassadors. Click here to get more information about WalkWise Tampa Bay.


 

Do the Local Motion - Combining Fitness with Culture & Community

Downtown Tampa Walking Routes

Six engaging 1-2-mile self-guided downtown Tampa walking routes feature downtown's  public art, architecture, history and legends. Or join us on one of our free twice monthly guided walking tours to various areas in downtown. Guest Tour Guides help bring the theme alive and local businesses are highlighted along the way. Walk season runs October - May.

Find the complete schedule, click here


 

Downtown Tampa Bike Routes, Trails, & Bicycle Shops

There are numerous Tampa cycling lanes, bike trails, bike racks and shower/locker facilities scattered throughout the downtown area. 

Be sure to lock your bike and always wear a helmet. All buses and trolleys are equipped to carry along 2 bikes. Visit the Tampa BayCycle website for safety tips, Tampa bike route recommendations and various events and bike-related activities.

For downtown Tampa group cycling, bike rentals, bike repairs and/or gear, visit the following downtown Tampa cycling sites: www.CityBikeTampa.com 888-484-BIKE (downtown and Riverwalk)

Learn about other fun outdoor activities in downtown Tampa