Vanessa Wheeler

April 3, 2020

Tampa Bay bicyclists log more than 58,000 miles during March, log virtual rides and #socialdistance

In honor of Florida Bike Month, Bike/Walk Tampa Bay hosted the Tampa Bay Bike Challenge, encouraging people to ride bicycles for any reason including exercise, recreation, errands, and to and from work. Responding to the COVID-19 crisis mid-challenge, the focus shifted to encouraging solo or family rides close to home and the inclusion of logging […]
April 3, 2020

Tampa Bay Bike Challenge sparks friendly competition between local workplaces

Bike/Walk Tampa Bay (BWTB) hosted the Tampa Bay Bike Challenge to celebrate Florida Bike Month and encourage more people to ride bikes. There was an additional upside to the Challenge: help spread bicyclist awareness to local employers. All during March, BWTB invited workplaces to create teams within the Challenge platform and encourage their employees log […]
April 2, 2020

“Shifting Media Narratives” workshops make headway, move online amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Erin Scheffels, PhD On March 9, 2020, a group of dedicated professionals of various backgrounds and expertise met in St. Petersburg to discuss a new age of bicyclist and pedestrian safety. The workshop was part of a “Road to Zero” grant-funded series provided by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at University of South […]
April 2, 2020

iCan Bike Tampa Bay to teach local children with special needs how to ride bicycles

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for most youth; a transition from backyard play to independence and neighborhood exploration. What about individuals with special needs who may require additional, differentiated instruction? Heidi Ferraro, a local advocate and mother of a son with special needs, is committed to helping special needs individuals […]
April 2, 2020

Walking, biking, and COVID-19: A regional resource guide

Being diligent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Following a few basic guidelines, like avoiding group rides and making sure to leave a minimum of six feet when next to or when passing another person, means you can enjoy walks and bike rides while still protecting yourself […]