The City of Tampa is dedicated to motorist, pedestrian and bicyclist safety. With more than 130 miles of bicycle facilities on Tampa's roadways, we recognize how important it is to share the road in order to ensure everyone's safety. Motorists should be mindful of traffic, while watching for bicyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrians should use crosswalks and obey signals. Cyclists, whether on the road for exercise, leisure, or transportation, should practice bike safety and follow the rules of the road. So remember, be aware of your surroundings and please share the road.
Tampa, Florida now ranks number one in the nation for number of Bicycle Friendly Businesses following the January 2021 awards by the League of American Bicyclists, the leading organization for bicycling advocates since 1880. There are 66 certified Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in Tampa following the awarding of nine new businesses in 2021. The BFB program requires businesses to support and promote cycling to their customers, employees, and the community by providing bike parking, safety education, and promotions for retail customers who arrive by bike. The BFB program complements the collaborative effort between the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, and the Florida Department of Transportation to expand safe, active transport facilities across Tampa for walking, biking, and scooting. Check out our Bicycle-Friendly Businesses Food & Beverage Map and visit our local bicycle-friendly businesses on two-wheels!
Bicycle Road Sharing: Signage Information and Pavement Markings
The City of Tampa is committed to providing safer bicycle and pedestrian facilities along our roadways. To support this effort, the Transportation Division is working to provide additional signage and pavement markings, called Shared Lane Markings, along some roadways within the city limits. Shared Lane Markings, also known as sharrows, are pavement markings indicating where a bicyclist should ride on the roadway. The location of the sharrows should provide a safer riding buffer for cyclists from parked vehicles, to avoid being hit by opening vehicle doors.
Safety & Information Resources:
Hillsborough County has developed a Bicycle Safety Action Plan, or BSAP, which included the City of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace. The plan identifies projects and programs tailored to address the specific problems facing cyclists in the county.
The City of Tampa recently finished the Walk-Bike Plan and appendices, which establishes a grid of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, linking the University of South Florida, Downtown, and the Westshore District. Please visit our Complete Streets Program and Sidewalk Program pages for additional information on the City's Walk-Bike and sidewalk projects. Following are other helpful links:
- Alert Today Florida (FDOT)
- Bicycle Transportation Alliance
- Bike/Walk Tampa Bay
- Coast Bike Share
- Florida Bicycle Association
- League of American Bicyclists
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety (USDOT)
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
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