Riding in your area
Tampa Bay offer numerous types of cycling facilities for getting around by bike! Flat terrain and a developing network of trail systems with neighborhood greenways makes accessing workplaces, schools, and local businesses by bicycle easy and fun.
Local rides for new cyclists
Tampa Bay has numerous trails that are ideal for less experienced riders.
In Tampa: For a short ride, check out the Riverwalk Trail, a 2.4 mile paved trail that connects the city's cultural hub to the heart of downtown Tampa. For directions to access the trail, please visit the Tampa Riverwalk website.
Tampa/Clearwater: For a relaxing scenic ride that spans between Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, check out the Courtney Campbell Causeway trail, a 9.5 mile trail with breathtaking views of the bay. Note that there is not much shade on this trail so plan accordingly. For more info, please visit:
New Tampa: Best known for its seven-mile paved loop road, which serves as a multi-use trail, Flatwoods Park provides a nature-filled getaway. The Morris Bridge well-field is located within the Park, and well-houses can be observed along the trail. A two-mile paved extension connects Bruce B. Downs Boulevard with the loop road. Park activities and features include a paved bicycle loop, off road bike trails, remote picnicking, and nature trails. More info here.
Local bike rental
Don't have a bike? Coast Bike Share is a regional bike share system offering affordable access to bikes for short trips–ideal for running errands or getting from point A to B in the urban areas within St. Petersburg or Tampa and the University of South Florida.
For longer-term needs, like trail riding, inquire about renting a bike at your local bike shop (most shops offer inexpensive rental bikes and will help you select a bike that is best suited for your situation).
Pasco County: The Suncoast Trail is a 42-mile paved trail that stretches from Hillsborough County through Pasco and ending in Hernando County. The shared path is owned by Florida Department of Transportation, Turnpike Enterprise, and operated and maintained by the three counties' Parks and Recreation Departments. The majority of the trail is in Pasco County which is 21.6 miles long.
In St. Petersburg: The Pinellas Trail connects downtown St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs and offers 47 miles of mixed riding experiences, including urban city views and wild native habitats. There are numerous access points along the trail. To locate an access point that's convenient for you, please visit the Pinellas County website.
Northwest Hillsborough County: The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is located in residential northwest Hillsborough County. Currently, the trail runs along the west shore of Channel A from a trailhead off Memorial Highway/Montague Street, past Waters Avenue, Linebaugh, and then due north to Gunn Highway, Ehrlich Road and ending at Peterson Road Park. The trail continues north from Van Dyke Road north and then east to the trail head on Lutz Lake Fern Road, connecting to the Suncoast Trail at the Veterans Expressway.
Where to get more information
For events and other bicycling resources, including information on advocacy and planned improvement projects, please visit Bike/Walk Tampa Bay.