Tampa City Council commends Bicycle Friendly Business Program
On December 3, 2015, the Tampa City Council met to discuss transportation and safety and recognize area businesses dedicated to making the city more bike-friendly. The selected businesses were awarded an official Commendation: “Tampa City Council is honored to recognize the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Pedal Power Promoters and 30 pioneering local businesses for their outstanding efforts in the inaugural Bike Friendly Tampa campaign.” The pioneering Bicycle Friendly Businesses are local establishments like Coast Bike Share, Tampa General Hospital, Ulele, Tindale Oliver, and Buddy Brew Coffee.
According to Karen Kress of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, “Bike Friendly Tampa (BFT) is a business certification program for merchants that demonstrate commitment to promoting and supporting cycling. The program is brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Tampa BayCycle Program, the City of Tampa, Florida Department of Transportation, and Pedal Power Promoters.” Businesses must apply for and participate in a local certification program in order to become bike-friendly. The businesses are then awarded bronze, silver, or gold classifications along with honorable mentions by Bike Friendly Tampa (BFT).
The Tampa City Council meeting acknowledged and celebrated the work business leaders in the area have done to make Tampa safer for cyclists, a proud moment for the Bike/Walk Tampa Bay (BWTB) coalition. Together, we celebrate the city’s continued success in promoting safety and positive change.
Officer Andrey Izrailov, Kenneth City Police Department, shows off decal on his police vehicle.
Jason Jackman, Researcher for the Center for Urban Transportation Research at University of South Florida, teaches an in-person safety course to high school students shortly before classes were moved online.