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Bicycle Friendly Business program kicks off in Downtown Tampa!

In May, National Bike Month, The Tampa Downtown Partnership announced Phase I of a new bicycle-friendly business certification program. It rolled-out with 26 locally owned businesses earning the “Bike-Friendly Tampa” distinction. Ground floor retail and restaurant businesses were targeted for this first phase. To qualify, the business must demonstrate their commitment to promoting and supporting cycling to:

  • Customers
  • Employees
  • The community at large

As part of their ongoing programming, “BFT” businesses will provide continued:

  • Safe & secure bike parking
  • Safety instruction
  • Enrollment in TBARTA’s Emergency Ride Home program
  • Bike repair contacts or onsite kits
  • Offer discounts and value adds for customers

The “BFT” Program enhances the bicycle experience, and by doing so, adds to Tampa’s urban vibe:

  • Increased Hip Factor
  • Family Fun
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Sustainability
  • Economic Viability

Go to Bike Friendly Tampa for a list of qualified businesses, BFT customer incentives, and how to become a certified BFT business. Phase II will focus on large employers.

This video explains what a bike friendly business is and interviews business owners about why they love the program!

Partners for this program include Tampa Downtown Partnership, the City of Tampa, Florida Department of Transportation and Pedal Power Promoters. This group will begin to work on Phase II of the program, targeting large downtown employers in the near future.

For more information visit the League of American Bicyclists website.

 

The application can be completed here: http://www.pedalpowerpromoters.com/get-certified/

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  1. I am with the University of South Florida doing a Naturalistic Bicycle Study. Our goal is to understand how people ride and interact with drivers and the road. We are looking for individuals in the Tampa Bay area who ride their bike frequently to participate in our study. We will install our data collection system on your bike, have you collect 30-35 hours of data, and then uninstall our system and compensate participants up to $100. We want to use this data to make the roadways safer and to create training programs to educate bikers and drivers. If you are interested in participating please go to our website http://www.BicycleStudy.org and fill out our questionnaire or call our office at 813-974-6833.

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