As part of the City of St. Petersburg’s official Bike Month celebrations, Mayor Kriseman led his annual Bike to Work Day ride on Friday, May 19. Nearly 100 participants joined the Mayor and his staff in demonstrating how easy it is to commute by bicycle to the City’s urban core. The event featured three departure points for bicyclists to rally and ride together to Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.
Upon arrival in Williams Park, Mayor Kriseman held a press conference where he highlighted some of the City’s recent accomplishments, such as launching a bike share system, rolling out a Complete Streets initiative, and the City’s participation in the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business program. The Mayor also publicly announced Black Crow Coffee Company as the City’s first League-certified Bike Friendly Business.
“The turnout today shows this is something the community supports” said Mayor Kriseman in an interview. “It’s a great example of how you can get healthy and how you can help our environment.”
Mayor Kriseman also shared the importance of bicycling as part of the city-wide transportation system and the City’s sustainability initiatives, and highlighted the economic benefits bicyclists provide to local businesses.
“None of this work could be achieved without the strong leadership of the City Administration, the incredible support from our City Council, and perhaps, most importantly, from the folks that have gathered here today to celebrate Bike Month in St. Petersburg” said Evan Mory, Director, Transportation and Parking Management, City of St. Petersburg.
As concluded by Mayor Kriseman, “Biking to work just makes sense”.
You can read the full Bike Month proclamation here