The League of American Bicyclists, the national bicycling and advocacy organization, has recognized Coast Bike Share with a prestigious GOLD-level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) certification.
Coast Bike Share is the first business to receive a GOLD-level designation in St. Petersburg and only the second business in the entire Tampa Bay region.
It joins a growing list of 1,250 businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies leading the way to transform transportation, health, and wellness for the betterment of U.S. workers and local communities.
Alongside Coast’s GOLD-level designation, City of St. Petersburg City Hall, City of St. Petersburg Municipal Services Center, City of St. Petersburg, The Greenhouse, Preserve the ‘Burg, The Bikery and VHB in Tampa each received a SILVER-level Bicycle Friendly Business certification. Cycle Brewing, Pesky Pelican Brew Pub, TapHouse 61, The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge, and The Wheelhouse received BRONZE.
BFB requirements identify incentives, programming, and amenities proven to enable and inspire more people to ride bikes. Among those offered by Coast Bike Share is a lively program of social bike events in both St. Petersburg and Tampa, which range from themed bike tours covering everything from local history to the burgeoning art scene, to complimentary bike valet at community events.
In addition to its Bike Friendly Business designation, Coast Bike Share won Bike/Walk Tampa Bay’s Best Social Bike Ride of the Year award in July, for its organization and support of multiple social bike rides across the region.
Eric Trull, Regional Director for Coast Bike Share, said: “We’re delighted to be the first GOLD-level Bicycle Friendly Business in the City of St. Petersburg. Coast Bike Share is more than just a fleet of bikes – it’s a means to connect communities. We’re incredibly proud of our fellow Bike Friendly Businesses and their commitment to doing just that in Tampa Bay. Together we’re positioning cycling as a viable transportation option across the region.”
“Business owners and workers across the country are looking for simple, straightforward ways to build their companies, do right by their workers and customers, and contribute positively to their local communities,” says Executive Director Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists. “Boosting participation in bicycling achieves all of that and more, and BFBs such as Coast Bike Share are wonderful models of that success. We congratulate this latest class of business leaders for recognizing that one of the oldest and easiest forms of transportation still generates significant economic and societal rewards today.”
Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program at bikeleague.org/business.
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