Tampa pursues Bicycle Friendly Business District

Bicycle Group RideThe Tampa Downtown Partnership has been working on establishing a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) District in the downtown. The City of Tampa has been building a number of bicycle facilities in and around the downtown. Bikes are good for businesses and their employees. Through the BFB program, employers are recognized for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for employees, customers, and the entire bicycle riding community. The cultivation of a bicycle friendly district encourages businesses to welcome patrons on bicycles, builds community, increases physical activity, and makes streets less congested.

Just in time for the National Bike Month of May, the Tampa Downtown Partnership will complete Phase I of its Bicycle Friendly Business Certification program. The initiative has been a collaborative effort with City of Tampa, Florida Department of Transportation, Pedal Power Promoters and the League of American Bicyclists. The team is confident that enough applications have been submitted to achieve the goal of certifying a dozen or more businesses locally, with many of them poised to receive the League’s national recognition later in the year. A list of certified businesses and their respective discounts or value-adds for the pedaling population will be released to the public shortly.

For more information on how your business can become a BFB, check out the TampaBayCycle for an application.