May is National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month! This year, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County are celebrating with events, bike rides, and community engagement opportunities. Please join us for Bike Month Proclamations at both the City and County Commission meetings (April 24 and 23); Tour de Farm: A tour of Tallahassee’s Farmers Markets, partnered with Joyride Bicycle Collective (May 4); the Preservation x Transportation Festival, partnered with the Grove Museum (May 11); and a Slow Roll Bike Ride, partnered with AARP (May 21). If you’d rather ride on your own, or with a larger group, there are both recurring and unique community rides to chose from. You can join Joyride Bicycle Collective for a Family Bike Night Picnic (April 30), the Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association for a beginner off road bike ride (every Sunday), or Capital City Cyclists for the Ride of Silence (May 16). May 8 is National Bike to School Day, and May 17 is National Bike to Work Day. Take advantage of national support to try out commuting, or just celebrate your normal bicycle commute a little bit more on those days!
Did you know that 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles? If you haven’t taken then time recently to check out Tallahassee and Leon County’s extensive bicycle facilities, now is the time! You may be more connected than you think. Brush off your bike and pedal over the South Monroe Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge, check out award winning Cascades Park and the associated trail system, and take a trip through our 1.3 miles of protected bike lanes. If you’d rather do a longer ride, the St. Marks Trail was just extended to connect with Lake Bradford road, and you can ride from near Wakulla High School all to way to FSU.
County Commission Bicycle Month Proclamation: April 23, 2019, 3 PM, Leon County Courthouse, 5th Floor
City Commission Bicycle Month Proclamation: April 24, 2019, 4 PM, City Hall, City Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor
Tour de Farm: May 4, 2019, 9:30 AM. The TLCPD is partnering with Joyride Bicycle Collective to lead participants on a tour of several farmer’s markets located within the city. The tour will leave from Cascades Park! Please note, you MUST bring your own bike to this event. There is currently no operating bike share in Tallahassee. Stops include the Tallahassee Downtown Marketplace, Frenchtown Farmer’s Market and Lake Ella Grower’s Market. The ride is approximately 7 miles round trip, with 3 stops. Participants are encouraged to bring money and reusable bags to purchase and store items from each of the markets. Please register ahead of time so we know how many people will be attending this event.
Preservation x Transportation: May 11, 2019, 10 AM. In celebration of Historic Preservation Month and National Bike Month, which run concurrently in May, The Grove Museum is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department, and Leon County Office of Sustainability to offer a free, all-ages event! Preservation X Transportation will highlight the relationship between alternative transportation and historic preservation in building sustainable communities. Join us on Saturday, May 11, between 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM for special walking tours of The Grove Museum and an alternative transportation expo featuring games, activities, prizes, and more! This event will also serve as the “release party” for a new self-guided bicycle tour that celebrates adaptive reuse and historic preservation in Downtown, Midtown, and South Monroe neighborhoods of Tallahassee. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the event on Facebook.
Leon County Employee Bike to Work Day: May 17, 2019, 7:45 AM. Leon County Employees are encouraged to bike to work on National Bike to Work Day! The Leon County Office of Sustainability is hosting a light breakfast and guided ride to many of the County offices. The ride will leave from Cascades Park. If you would like to participate in the ride, registration is required. Please check back soon for registration information!
Slow Roll Bike Ride: May 21, 2019, 5:30 PM. The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department, in partnership with AARP, will be leading a slow roll bike ride. The ride will begin in Cascades Park and will end at Proof. Registration is recommended. Please check back soon for registration information!
For more information about Capital City Cyclists (CCC) events, please visit cccyclists.org.
For more information about Tallahassee Mountain Bicycle Association (TMBA) events, please visit tmba.bike.
For more information about Joyride Bicycle Collective events, please visit their Facebook page.
Please reach out to Julie Christesen (Email / 850-891-6433), if you have any additional questions about Bicycle Month or Bicycle Month Activities.
Tallahassee is Silver!
Tallahassee has earned the coveted Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation from the League of American Bicyclists. This award recognizes communities for actively supporting bicycling by providing safe accommodations and encouraging community members to bike for recreation and transportation. Tallahassee is one of only seven Florida communities to receive the Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation.
This area is becoming a premier cycling destination for visitors from around the country.
Tallahassee has become a 2018 Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community, an upgrade from it's previous Bronze Level designation.
Julie Christesen of the Planning Department and City Commissioner Curtis Richardson speak at press conference.
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 Intergovernmental Agency
- Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)