On Thursday, March 12 the Tampa Downtown Partnership and Bike/Walk Tampa Bay hosted a Bike to Work Day Ride and Rally during Florida Bike Month! Riders started out from eight different meeting points and rode into downtown Tampa in small groups, converging at Lykes Gaslight Park for the rally. Riders received collectible t-shirts, enjoyed light refreshments, and signed up for the Tampa Bay Bike Challenge.
At the rally, dignitaries such as Jean Duncan with the City of Tampa, Beth Alden, Executive Director of the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Secretary David Gwynn from Florida Department of Transportation District Seven, spoke about how much progress Tampa had made in becoming more bicycle friendly, and promised continue the momentum.
Also at the rally, several Tampa businesses were acknowledged for receiving a Bicycle Friendly Business designation from the League of American Bicyclists. The future of bicycling in Tampa and the region is looking bright!