New Bike Racks and Repair Station on Spruce Street
Cigar City Brewing is continuing its efforts toward making Tampa a bike-friendly city with the addition of bicycle and scooter racks and a bicycle repair station to its Spruce Street Taproom. Installed under the guidance of Pedal Power Promotions and the Westshore Alliance, these amenities create a micromobility hub at the brewery and offer new ways for people using bikes and scooters to visit CCB. The micromobility hub was installed Aug. 20, 2021 and is currently available for CCB patrons and all members of the Westshore District community.
The brewery has worked to establish the Westshore district of Tampa as a cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly community for more than a decade. Inspired by his travels to cities like Copenhagen, Denmark, where city planning and municipal investment have created a people-centric cityscape, CCB founder Joey Redner and his team have actively worked to unite traditional and active transportation modes into the fabric Tampa and the Westshore District, of which CCB is a leading partner. Under CCB leadership, the brewery has facilitated the installation of traffic calming features like crosswalks near the brewery and has encouraged its Westshore neighbors to visit on foot or on a bike. CCB was also an early local adopter of the Bicycle Friendly Business Certification℠ designation by the League of American Bicyclists. The brewery’s initial Bronze rating as a Bicycle Friendly Business in 2016 and its current Silver rating show early adoption and an ongoing commitment to making CCB a cyclist and pedestrian destination.
Christine Acosta, founder of Pedal Power Promotions and board member of Walk Bike Tampa, has worked closely with CCB leadership on previous cycling and pedestrian initiatives, along with Westshore Alliance Director of Transportation and Planning Michael Maurino, who helped guide the installation of the micromobility hub.
“Cigar City Brewing has done more than its part to be a leader in the Westshore community and to create an inclusive environment for people walking, biking, and now scooting in the district,” said Acosta. “People see the Westshore district as very car-dependent so we’re thrilled to have leaders in the community share their vision for active transportation and bring that vision to fruition through actions like the installation of these new assets.”
The new amenities at CCB’s Spruce Street facility include a bike rack that can accommodate more than six bicycles and a service station with an air pump and tools for cycle repair, all manufactured by Dero. Alongside these features is a scooter rack that can accommodate both personal electric scooters and rental scooters available through rideshare programs like Lime. The scooter rack is the first of its kind in Tampa and is part of an effort to expand rideshare scooter programs across the city.
Join us Wed, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. – noon at CCB’s Spruce Street Taproom, as Lime Scooters will be hosting their First Ride Safety training for all those who are interested in learning how to ride, park, and enjoy scooter sharing in the City plus offering free ride credits to those who attend.
℠Bicycle Friendly Business is a registered service mark of the League of American Bicyclists.