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. Additionally, other community cycling interests have laid out a full month of cycling related activities to acknowledge National Bike Month. 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.
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. Full 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. Start Your Ride, try PACE Bike Share Today!
Tallahassee Receives National Recognition
50 Best Bike Cities - Tallahassee has been 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.
Silver Level Walk Friendly Community - Tallahassee has also been designated as a Silver-level Walk Friendly Community. Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) is a national program sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration that acknowledges cities and towns that have shown a commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans, and policies. The WFC program examines the activities of the applicant community as a whole – including community outreach, education, enforcement, development standards, transportation planning, citizen participation, transit systems, local design requirements, capital programs, and traffic management.
Tallahassee has realized great achievements over the past few years in the provision of pedestrian facilities and in improving pedestrian safety. This award acknowledges the true team effort on the part of the community organizations, local residents and the City of Tallahassee to improve walkability.
Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community - Tallahassee was also designated as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. The Bicycle Friendly Community program assists applicant communities with evaluating their quality of life, sustainability and transportation needs, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. Since 2002, the program has accepted nearly 600 applications for designation and there are currently 291 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 48 states.
The program emphasizes that bicycling is a simple solution to many of the challenges we face in our country. As Tallahassee residents know well, bicycling is about mobility, sustainability, health and so much more - Bicycle Friendly Communities are great places to live, work and visit.