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RIDE YOUR BICYCLE                                                                           

Tampa BayCycle encourages everyone to bicycle to work or school, or for recreation or errands, instead of driving. Tampa BayCycle brings together people who believe that riding a bicycle benefits the entire community. Bicycle commuters save money and gas, stay fit, reduce traffic congestion, and most importantly have fun.

Celebrating its fourth year of success, Tampa BayCycle was created by the joint efforts of the New North Transportation Alliance and the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Tampa BayCycle founders Karen Kress and Julie Bond

Tampa BayCycle founders Karen Kress and Julie Bond


If saving money for every gallon gasoline isn’t enough to make you start pumping the pedals, consider all of the other wonderful benefits you’ll enjoy when you start cycling instead of driving:

  • Reduced greenhouse gases and air pollution
  • Cutting America’s dependence on foreign oil;
  • Improving cardiovascular health;
  • Increased energy and endurance
  • Stronger legs and improved lean muscle mass
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced traffic congestion

The approximate cost to operate a sedan for 1 year is $7,800, compared to only $120 annually to operate a bicycle.  *Sources: AAA – Your Driving Costs and League of American Bicyclists

Cycling is a low impact form of exercise. This means it doesn’t stress the joints in your legs, hips, and feet like running or playing sports. Cycling strengthens the legs and improves your cardiovascular system, while protecting your joints from injury, which explains why exercise bicycles are a major component in physical therapy for leg injuries.

Protect the Environment

Riding a bicycle instead of driving or in combination with taking the bus is a huge benefit to the environment. By riding a bike instead of driving a car, the average commuter will prevent more than 4800 lbs. of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is known as reducing your carbon footprint.  Commuting by bicycle, even when combined with transit use, significantly reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate emissions (i.e., soot).  A short, 4-mile bicycle round trip prevents about 15 pounds of pollutants from entering the air we breathe. Source: WorldWatch Institute