Over the past year, collective action to improve safety for both cyclists and pedestrians has increased significantly, and continues to increase, to accommodate Tampa’s rising population. Most importantly, the Bay Area’s recent efforts have helped keep our growing multi-modal community safe and connected. Community partners, government agencies, and grassroots organizations have worked together with citizens to foster improvements in bicycle safety and advocate for cyclists’ rights.
In recognition of the City’s efforts, the League of American Bicyclists designated the City of Tampa as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. The rigorous application process scored the city using the five E’s: Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Encouragement and Evaluation.
The report card provided by the League rated Tampa in the category of excellent for educating students about bicycle safety in schools, and planning and promoting community-based bicycling events that encourage people to cycle. Recent engineering efforts have been funded to improve our bicycle networks and network connectivity. Bicycle friendly laws and ordinances are in place and were rated above average by the league.
The report card also includes a “Path to Silver”, with recommendations for the City to build upon its successes and get to the next level of designation.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn responded to Tampa’s Bicycle Friendly Community designation with appreciation and enthusiasm for the city’s continued efforts to improve local conditions for bicyclists. The League’s report card emphasized the importance of mayoral support. “The city, community partners, and businesses throughout Tampa have worked incredibly hard to encourage bicycling and create a safe environment for bicyclists on our streets,” said Mayor Buckhorn.