Alternative Therapy Center – Bronze
1631 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N.
Located along Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N., the physical therapy/AirB&B business is in a prime location for bicycling. Plans to add bike lanes and center landscaped medians under the city’s Complete Streets program is moving forward. Active in the MLK Business District, owner Gina Hubany networks with other business owners and clients, many who are sports riders and fellow St. Pete Bicycle Club members. Gina is the first St. Pete Bicycle Club member to become BFB-certified. An avid cyclist herself, she promotes cycling with education, sponsorship of city cycling events, and displays custom bicycle-themed art throughout her businesses.
Anytime Fitness – Bronze
900 Central Ave.
Bicycling and fitness go hand in hand with the club’s downtown location where members are encouraged to substitute four wheels for some additional two-wheeled pre-and post-workout cardio. Chris Werner and his team actively encourage members to ride, for overall fitness as well as to help the environment. They also incorporate bicycling into established classes as “a simple and fun way to inspire group members to ride…and start building a habit.” The facility recently added a second outside bike rack and limited secure inside bike parking. Future plans include adding vertical bike storage and loaner bike lights for guests leaving after dark.
ARTicles Gallery – Bronze
1445 Central Ave.
Bringing the community together through bicycling is a passion for gallery owner Leslie Curran. A cycling enthusiast, she welcomes riders with water and a place to store their bike inside if they don’t have locks. In addition to educating the public about art, ARTicles also hosts free public workshops on bike safety and the health benefits of riding, including community bike rides. And when the city hosts special events along Central Ave., Leslie requests additional bike racks for guests. Two of the three gallery staff are bicycle commuters, including Leslie, who uses her small gallery space to its full advantage. “When I ride my bike here I bring it in…, secure it inside, and ‘take a shower’ in the sink.”
Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pasteria
945 Central Ave.
While providing gourmet pizza to hungry customers is their bread and butter, supporting employees with healthy, low-cost transportation options is crucial to Bavaro’s overall success. Employees who bike to work take advantage of no parking fees, improved parking locations, and better health. Employee James Sinclair welcomes the sense of community from working in a business that encourages bicycle safety and participation in special events, like Bike to Work Day. Bavaro’s is also a SafePlace business, welcoming diversity. “I make sure we’re…very welcoming for all, because what we do at Bavaro’s is all about taking care of the community.”
Black Crow Coffee – Bronze
727 22nd Street North
Welcome to St. Petersburg’s first certified Bicycle Friendly Business! Located in the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood, owner Deana Hawk’s passion for pedal power is evident from the bicycle corral-converted parking space outside her business to staffers wearing St. Pete Bicycle Co-op t-shirts and bike art adorning the walls. Bicycle enthusiasts benefit from Deana’s strong partnerships with local cycling advocacy groups, including Shift St. Pete and St. Pete Bike Co-op, as well as being a Safe Zone-designated business, which welcomes all in the community. “People who ride here are very proud to ride, and when they share the space in my business, they spread the word and others begin to ride. This is a great way to strengthen the community.”
Craftsman House – Bronze
2955 Central Ave.
Located in St. Pete’s Grand Central District, this working pottery studio, gallery and café is, as owner and cyclist Jeff Schorr says, all about “Getting more people to bike!” From tackling numerous historic preservation restrictions for bike parking and outside shower access for employees who bike, Jeff has succeeded in becoming truly Bicycle Friendly. A member of several bicycle advocacy groups as well as the Central Avenue Council, Jeff is committed to the benefits of two-wheeled transportation, convincing Preserve The Burg, formerly St. Petersburg Preservation, to add bicycle tours to their monthly walking tours. As an AirB&B host connecting with more than 200 guests a year, he encourages people of all ages to patronize the city’s Coast Bike Share program while visiting local bicycle friendly businesses. And if that’s not enough, bike over to the Craftsman House and see how Jeff brings the art of two wheels to life.
Creative Clay – Bronze
1846 1st Ave. N.
Fostering an appreciation of art and bicycling, Creative Clay offers bicyclists convenience, surrounded by bike lanes, easy access to the city’s bike share program and close proximity to city bike trails. The 20 year old nonprofit, which helps people with disabilities express themselves through art and provides community art outreach, allows bikes in common areas and at employee workstations with changing rooms and lockers available. And a new outdoor bike rack, funded through a city CRA grant, provides a safe, ADA-accessible location for public bike parking. Creative Clay Executive Director Kim Dohrman, who’s passionate about cycling, continues to improve her organization’s bike-friendliness, working with the city to add more bike parking and other bicycle-friendly amenities.
EDGE District – Bronze
11B Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St. S.
The EDGE District is all about small business. Now it’s about small business and bicycles. Executive Director Barbara Vogelwede is developing a long-term master plan that gives pedestrians, residents and bicyclists an edge in her district, no pun intended. The Florida Main Street district offers walkable and bike-able advantages for visitors, residents and employees alike, including special events, art galleries and its collection of unique shops which attract a bike-centric crowd, “Being able to explore the district––being able to go through the district at a pace where they can really enjoy what they’re seeing, talk to people, easily stop, have a nice safe place to park their bike.”
Ferg’s – Bronze
1320 Central Ave.
St. Pete residents have been coming to Ferg’s Sports Bar for years. The centrally-located social hub that’s grown with improvements to Central Ave. is now a popular spot for two wheels. “Parking’s a major problem in downtown and it’s becoming bigger and bigger here. If [staff and guests] can ride a bike it saves everybody.” Owner Mark Ferguson recognized the need for additional, secure bike parking, adding larger bike racks and turning an outdoor seating area into semi-secure parking for bike clubs or groups patronizing Ferg’s. With his business near the Pinellas Trail, he’s also passionate about the Booker Creek expansion, which will allow patrons and employees a safer ride. An advocate of bicycle friendliness, Mark spreads the word about cycling events in-house and to followers on social media.
Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) – Bronze
3110 1st Ave N Suite 2H
Like many of St. Petersburg’s BFB-certified social service organizations, the Florida Consumer Action Network (FCAN) has become a strong supporter of events such as Open Streets St. Pete and the city’s Complete Streets initiative. Due to Tampa Bay’s limited transportation options, according to FCAN Campaign Organizer and avid cyclist Lisa Frank, “the bike is the most powerful tool for making those first mile/last mile connections.” FCAN has also empowered residents to develop innovative transportation solutions to improve the lives of those who live near St. Pete’s busier streets. Back in the office, FCAN’s senior managers do their part by using bikes for work-related trips while promoting free monthly bicycle safety/education workshops and group rides for employees and the public.
Florida CraftArt – Bronze
501 Central Ave.
A central location and unique, engaging window exhibits make Florida CraftArt a natural stopping place for bicycling tourists and local visitors. Development Director Rhonda Sanborn says the gallery enjoys recognizing its two-wheeled tourists with bicycle-related exhibits, jewelry, and “helping people see as much as they can and enjoy our city to the fullest.” Similar to the walking mural tour, Florida CraftArt is exploring a collaborative mural tour with Coast Bike Share as well as a “see on your own” bicycle tour of St. Pete’s vast mural collection where riders can personalize their experience depending on available time. We’re all about things made by hand and helping people appreciate ‘not fast/quick/get there/make it’. We want to promote the craft of biking, the full experience.”
Florida Print Solutions – Bronze
432 31st St. N.
Increasing mobility and transportation in the area while helping neighbors are only just some of the reasons Florida Print Solutions became bicycle friendly. A designated Safe Place, General Manager Annette Suggs says FPS specifically chose a non-industrial location to be a part of the community. “It’s very important…to be available to the community. Lots of our clients are from the local [low-income] neighborhood.” FPS has rolled into being bicycle friendliness by appointing an employee bike coordinator who tracks the numbers of bike commuters, length of bike trips, as well as special event promotion and the benefits of bicycling. FPS is also the print sponsor of Open Streets St. Pete, along with other advocacy groups, providing the event with an in-kind donation of promotional event collateral.
Green Bench Brewing Company – Silver
1133 Baum Ave. N.
Silver Bicycle Friendly Business award winner and the city’s first craft microbrewery, Green Bench Brewing Company tips a pint toward a sunny climate, an urban location, and limited parking availability as reasons for its bicycle friendliness. Green Bench owner and founder Nathan Stonecipher, top management and employees all bike to work. Along with the casual dress code, all employees enjoy free bike parts, discounts on bike-related goods and services, and a tool shed where employees can repair their bikes at no cost. Green Bench not only offers unique brews, it shares a sense of community with both bicycling and non-bicycling patrons. “We’ve had groups from every walk of life. The community knows our doors are open to every person. We’ve never had to work to curate that because it has happened naturally.” Bicycling guests benefit from secure bike parking, covered outdoor bike racks, accommodations for specialty bikes, and participating in special events like bike-in movie nights, rodeos, organized rides, Open Streets St. Pete, safe riding workshops and more.
Independent Bar – Silver
1049 Central Ave.
Whether you use motorized or two-wheeled transportation, everyone’s welcome at the Independent, but the bar is especially supportive of its bicyclists. Partnering with local bike organizations and working closely with Preserve The ‘Burg (formerly St. Petersburg Preservation) by offering free space has allowed owner Daniel Schmidt to completely immerse in the Bicycle Friendly experience. He’s also a proponent for bicycle education and hopes every business is as supportive as the Independent. “I think all the businesses [in St. Pete] need to understand how to work with cyclists. For us, we want to have a place they can bring their bikes, or put the bikes inside when they come for safety purposes. Biking is a social element now, people are saying ‘I don’t need to drive my car everywhere, I can take a less [environmentally] impactful mode.’ I like it!”
An avid bicyclist, Senior Pastor Candace Shultis is pedaling her way into the community by combining the King of Peace mission of improving community health with her passion for cycling. Candace spreads the word to congregants about community special events and other cycling opportunities, such as the benefits of being located in the city’s first Bicycle Friendly Block. Efforts include surveying her congregation to learn how many could potentially bike to church. Another is sponsoring a team in TheSmartRide.org, a 165-mile ride from Miami to Key West to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The ride benefits Florida LBGTQ organizations, including Metro Wellness, another certified BFB, and supports the church’s mission of providing health and wellness education and testing. “For much of its existence, King of Peace has been dedicated to community health. Being bike-friendly is an extension of this dedication – encouraging residents to be more active, such as by bicycling, is a key way to improve community health.”
Metro Wellness – Bronze
3251 3rd Ave N #125
Metro Wellness has jumped onboard the bicycle friendly movement as a way to promote health and wellness along with reducing the carbon footprint. Similar to King of Peace, Metro supports that mission with strong participation in TheSmartRide.org, which supports Metro’s objective of HIV/AIDS prevention. Following a move to their current location, Metro saw a need to become bicycle friendly, exploring ways to add covered or indoor bike parking for staff and clients while including diversity training in bicycle safety workshops, demos, and special events. Metro is a passionate advocate of the Bicycle Friendly Block, working closely with Block-certified businesses and the city to encourage non-certified businesses to embrace bicycle friendliness and apply for certification.
Necessories – Bronze
953 Central Ave.
Owner Dyan Demeidio embraces women in need, offering shoppers ethnically-diverse goods, including those with bicycle imagery, produced by small women-cottage-industries from her global women’s store in the EDGE District. Collaborating with events that offer second-hand clothing to women in transition, Dyan recognizes they may have no other form of transportation other than a bicycle or their feet. She’s exploring options for a bike-friendly fundraiser to provide women in transition with bicycles or money to buy bicycles. A bicyclist herself, Dyan is an active promoter of the city’s Bike Share program and worked with the EDGE District and the city to get bike racks installed in front of her business.
Pinellas Ale Works (PAW) – Silver (bio coming soon)
1962 1st Ave. S.
Room 901 – Bronze
901 1st Ave. S.
Preventing bike theft for customers and employees is a top priority for Bicycle Friendly Business owner Peg Wesselink. In addition to providing staff with bicycle education, she personally invested in a custom bike rack for in front of her business. “..we are a huge destination for cyclists. There can be 20 bikes deep on our custom rack.” And because Room 901 is housed in one of the city’s older buildings and lacks adequate indoor space for bike storage, she’s looking into wall-mounted bike hooks. Peg also has plans to be a leader in a future U-lock program. To address the limited parking around her business and reduce bike theft, Wesselink also strongly supports bicycle valets for Rays games and other special events.
SPCA Tampa Bay – Bronze
3250 5th Avenue North
Historic Kenwood’s newest animal-friendly business is now bicycle-friendly. Director Martha Boden, who spearheaded the concept of a Bicycle Friendly Block, encouraging business neighbors to champion pedal power, also inspires SPCA employees and visitors to ride. SPCA Tampa Bay offers limited indoor bicycle parking for clients and employees. Bicycle ‘Happy Hours,’ community rides, commuter breakfasts are held while free lunch-and-learns offer both bicyclists and motorists an opportunity to learn the rules of the road. A member of the city’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Chamber’s Transportation Committee, and local bicycle advocacy groups, Martha equates pet-friendliness with bike-friendliness as each “enhances community connectedness, health and well-being..the best shelter (for people and pets) is a humane community.”
St. Petersburg Chamber – Bronze
100 2nd Ave. N., #150
Along with the city, the St. Petersburg Chamber has become one of St. Petersburg’s strongest champions for bicycle friendliness. Chamber leadership is always aware of the city’s pulse with an eye toward economic growth, according to Chamber President Chris Steinocher, “The Chamber…exudes the culture of community we’re trying to evoke that attracts the talent that is going to be the future of our economy–and that talent wants communities that are accessible, livable, bikeable”. The Chamber has is a staunch promoter of bicycling’s economic benefits to business, including Bike Share and the Complete Streets strategy along with showing the value of diversity in transportation options.
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