From the St. Petersburg (FL) Times, 05.07.07:
Commuting by cycling gets a pushThis Bike to Work article relates some of the hard facts confronting bicyclists in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. Local cyclists are developing a "bike ambassadors" program to attract individuals to bicycling. The story indicates that more than 10,000 people in the area presently bicycle to work daily, many of whom do so for economic reasons. However, the story suggests that progress is underway. Let's hope.
Seasoned cyclists give advice to workers who want to bank bucks and trim fat.
What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, two public-interest groups in Washington, D.C., labeled the Tampa Bay area as the most dangerous metropolitan area in America in which to ride a bike.
Fast-forward to this May, when the League of American Bicyclists will present St. Petersburg with an award for being a "bicycle-friendly community."
A five-year project called CityTrails which, among other things, increased the city's bike lanes from 10 miles in 1993 to nearly 50 miles today and an expected 93 miles next year, said St. Petersburg bicycle coordinator Cheryl Stacks. (Read more.)
Image: Web capture. Hillsborough River in Tampa
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