May is National Bike Month!
May is National Bike Month and the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department has planned a number of events to encourage and support cycling in our community. Plan on participating and having a great time while exploring what destinations and resources are available to our cycling community.
TALLAHASSEE-LEON COUNTY BICYCLE EXPO
Tuesday, May 1, 6 pm / Anita Favors Thompson Plaza at Lake Anita
A night of food and cycling with the Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department and our community partners! Learn about the ins and outs of traveling around Tallahassee on two wheels, including basic set-up, equipment and safety information. Local bicycle shops will offer tune-ups and maintenance tips.
SLOW ROLL BOOMER BIKE RIDE
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 am / Anita Favors Thompson Plaza at Lake Anita
A tour of central Tallahassee. Visit Cascades Park, Smokey Hollow Barbershop. Bring a helmet. Pace Bike Share will provide free use of bicycles. Please register for this tour.
BIKE MONTH PROCLAMATION
Tuesday, May 8, 3 pm, County Commission, Leon County Courthouse
Wednesday, May 9, 4 pm / City Commission, City Hall
Both commissions will recognize May as National Bike Month with formal proclamations. Both meetings are open to the public.
TOUR DE FARM: A BIKE TOUR OF TALLAHASSEE’S FARMER’S MARKETS
Saturday, May 19 / On Bike, 9:30 am / Railroad Square
Tour Tallahassee Downtown Marketplace, Frenchtown Farmer’s Market and Lake Ella Grower’s Market. Bring money and bags to purchase/store items. Please register for this tour.
BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY
Wednesday, May 9
BIKE TO WORK WEEK
BIKE TO WORK DAY
Friday, May 18
Thirteenth Annual Ride for Hope
June 9, 2018 - North Florida Fairgrounds
A fun-filled cyclist and wellness event for all ages, and all proceeds benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and help to keep quality cancer care close to home.
The Ride for Hope provides four distance rides ranging from an 11-mile to a 68-mile metric century through the rolling hills and canopy roads of Tallahassee. Excellent SAG support and water stops! Jersey order discount for early registration!
Early packet pick up will be from 5-6:30 pm on Friday, June 8th at the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center (1775 One Healing Place).
The Ride for Hope event will be on Saturday, June 9th at the North Florida Fairgrounds (441 Paul Russell Road) starting with the 68-mile metric century at 7:30 a.m. with the family fun area and Health Fair from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. All attendees will receive free health and fitness information and other benefits. The Ride for Hope also features music, food, face painting, and fun for the whole family.
The event will close with an awards ceremony and Hero of Hope award presentation.
The Florida Highway Patrol will escort the lead group for the metric century race component.
Sponsorship, Vendor Booth and Volunteer opportunities as well. Visit Ride for Hope for registration and information.
July – December 2017 Biannual Multimodal Project Report
The Biannual Update on Multimodal Projects details the project information for all bicycle, pedestrian, placemaking, and safety-supportive improvements within Leon County. Projects are categorized by current status:
- Under Design – project is in planning and engineering phase
- Under Construction – project has been funded and work has begun
- Completed – project has been completed
Projects are organized by implementing agency and project statuses are updated biannually. There are currently five agencies funding and constructing multimodal improvements in Leon County:
- City of Tallahassee
- Leon County
- Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA)
- Blueprint 2000
- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Bike Sharing Arrives in Tallahassee!
Pace, a new nationwide, dockless bike share service for cities and colleges, made its debut in Tallahassee! Pace is powered by Zagster, and features a first-of-its-kind flexible docking bike share model. Tallahassee will be the first in a wave of cities to offer this bike sharing model.
Tallahassee’s bike share system will consist of 300 shared bikes, able to be rented and returned from any of Pace’s 50 dedicated bike parking racks, or from any of the hundreds of public bike racks available throughout the City. To join Pace, riders download the free Pace Bike Share app, available in the App Store or Google Play. There is no membership fee to join Pace, and rides start at just $1 per half hour. More information can be found at http://ridepace.com/tallahassee/.
Start Your Ride, try PACE Bike Share Today!
St. Marks Trail/FAMU Way Extension Impact Information
St. Marks Trail was reopened in early June and will remain open, with connections to Gamble Street eastbound and westbound via pedestrian/bicycle detour throughout the rest of the closure.
Gamble Street at Mill Street is still currently closed and is planned to remain closed through the end of 2017. Once Gamble Street reopens, the roundabout will be fully constructed and there are no anticipated Gamble Street road closures for the rest of the project.
Eugenia Street from Russell Drive to Gamble Street is still currently closed and is planned to remain closed until late summer or early Fall 2018, and at that time it will be renamed FAMU Way.
Gamble Street Closure
Starting June 1, a portion of Gamble Street near the Mills Street intersection will be closed for approximately six months while crews construct a roundabout at that intersection as part of the FAMU Way Extension project. Detour signs will be clearly posted to navigate motorists around the closure and work zone. A map of the detour route is included below for reference.
Tallahassee Named One of the Best Bike Cities
Tallahassee was named one of the 50 Best Bike Cities by Bicycling Magazine! Recognizing the smart growth policies and investments in bicycling infrastructure, Bicycling Magazine ranked Tallahassee #38 among the Best Bike Cities in the Unites States.