Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tampa Is 17th Out Of 70 Big U.S. Cities In Bicycle Commuting
I heard along the grapevine that Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio doesn't think a lot of people bike in Tampa, but maybe that was the Tampa decades ago when she grew up in the city.
Not anymore. Several Tampa bicycle organizations have cropped up in the past few years and here's the most compelling data of all -- Tampa was 17th out of 70 big cities in the U.S. when it comes to bike commuting in 2008.
Check out this chart; American Bicyclist is the source.
If you notice, Tampa finished just behind bike cities like Austin, 14th (home to Lance Armstrong); San Jose, 15th (California Bay area city); and St. Paul, Minn. 16th (Twin city to Minneapolis, which was number 2 in the country).
People DO ride bicycles in Tampa -- and many more would if Tampa improved bicycle infrastructure.