March is Florida Bicycle Month! In recent years, Bike to Work Day events, as part of the month-long celebration, have gained popularity with regional city mayors. It’s a win-win for everyone! Residents have the opportunity to take to the streets by bicycle and interact with their city’s leadership, and mayors are able to demonstrate that they support bicyclists in their respective communities.
On Friday, March 9, Temple Terrace Mayor, Mel Jurado, led a group of bicyclists on a 3.9 mile casually-paced ride through the city’s tree-lined streets. The ride started and ended at the Family Recreation Complex. Light refreshments were provided courtesy of the Temple Terrace Rotary and M & B Products, and giveaways for riders, including bicycle helmets, bike lights, T-shirts, and other safety items were provided before the ride. The City of Temple Terrace co-hosted their bike to work event with Bike/Walk Tampa Bay, with support from the Florida Department of Transportation and the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.
The St. Petersburg event was held one week later on Friday, March 16. Three groups left from different meeting locations within the city: Coffee Pot Park, the Historic Train Station at the Morean Center for Clay, and Bartlett Park. The group that met up at the train station was led by Mayor Rick Kriseman himself. After an approximately three-mile ride, all groups converged at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg for a reception hosted by the mayor who spoke proudly about the city’s Bicycle Friendly Community status which was recently increased from Bronze to Silver by the League of American Bicyclists (League). Coffee and gourmet croissants were generously provided by Black Crow Coffee, the city’s first League-certified Bike Friendly Business.
If you’ve missed these fun Bike to Work Day events, there is still an opportunity to join one of two future events: