“All the best days have yet to come, we have not written the final chapter of Downtown Tampa,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn said to the crowd of cyclists on the morning of Saturday, June 11 in Perry Harvey, Sr. Park at 1201 N Orange St. “A big thanks to the engineers and city staff and most importantly, to all of you who believed in the capacity of this to be a part of the city.”
Hundreds of Tampa Bay area residents from all over gathered around Mayor Buckhorn, sipping free Kawa Coffee and gearing up to Cycle the City and try Tampa’s new two-way Cass Street Cycle Track. The two-way cycle track, the first of its kind in the region, starts at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park and goes to the Tampa Riverwalk, with new bike signals along the way.
Eric Trull, Program Director of Coast Bike Share, spoke to the cyclists before the ride, reminding everyone to remain aware of one another and their surroundings at all times.
Once the last cyclists arrived at the Riverwalk and parked their bikes, they celebrated the ribbon cutting for the Doyle Carlton Segment of the Tampa Riverwalk. Mayor Buckhorn spoke to the crowd again. “I will tell you in no uncertain terms—out of all the things we’ve done over the past five years, this is what people stop me about the most and say, ‘This is amazing.’”
The crowd applauded as the mayor went on: “The completion of this Riverwalk is the most pivotal event to occur in Downtown Tampa in decades. Thanks for believing. Let’s cut the ribbon!” The crowd cheered as the mayor called everyone to stand behind the ribbon with him, where he handed the golden scissors to a little girl in a green bike helmet. She cut the ribbon and the crowd cheered again, happy to come together and make history.