Bikers, rejoice! Tampa ranks No. 1 for bike-friendly businesses in Florida

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Original Article published at http://cltampa.com/artbreaker/archives/2015/08/26/bikers-rejoice-tampa-ranks-no-1-for-bike-friendly-businesses-in-florida#.VeG5K_ZVgXE on August 26, 2015

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Bikers, rejoice! Tampa ranks No. 1 for bike-friendly businesses in Florida

Eleven Tampa businesses have been awarded a medal by the League of American Bicyclists.

Posted By CAITLIN ALBRITTON on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Time to grab your helmet and cycling crew for a victory lap: today, the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization that strives to make a "Bicycle Friendly America," has recognized Tampa as the No. 1 city in Florida for biker-accessible businesses. 

Eleven Tampa businesses have been awarded a medal ranking out of the 100 new awardees for 2015, with six Downtown businesses receiving honorable mentions. There are now well over 1,000 Bicycle Friendly Businesses throughout 47 states and DC that hold this special honor. Check to see if your local favorites made the list this year:

    Tampa General Hospital — Silver Level
    The Blind Tiger Cafe — Silver Level
    Buddy Brew Coffee — Silver Level
    Duckweed Urban Grocery — Silver Level
    Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar — Silver Level
    Downtown Tampa YMCA, 100 N. Tampa — Bronze Level
    Ferg's Live - Bronze Level
    Downtown Tampa YMCA, Fort Brooke — Bronze Level
    Old Tampa Book Company — Bronze Level
    Anise Global Gastrobar — Bronze Level
    Tampa Pizza Company — Bronze Level
    Hablo Taco — Honorable Mention
    Splitsville — Honorable Mention
    The Franklin — Honorable Mention
    European Wax — Honorable Mention
    The Cry Baby Café — Honorable Mention
    Cafe DuFrain — Honorable Mention

    These businesses took steps to get certification through Bike Friendly Tampa, who has certified 29 local businesses, before applying for this national award. With higher demands for safer cycling conditions, Tampa has worked to meet those needs with numerous cycling lanes, bike trails, and bike racks throughout the Downtown area.

    Between biker friendly roads and businesses, along with the rise of weekly and monthly cycling groups, there's no reason not to hop on the saddle and get peddling.