Dream Cycling Trip in Tampa Bay

Consider cycling to explore Tampa Bay’s scenic coasts. It’s easy to get around and you can cover lots of ground—or water, if that may be the case. If bringing your personal bike along isn’t practical, consider these local rental options to enjoy sightseeing while coasting along the coast.
Cruise around on a Tampa Bay water bike on a dream cycling trip

Why Paddle When You Can Peddle

Going off road for a dream cycling trip takes on a new meaning when the bike is a specially designed model that keeps its passengers afloat while letting them cruise along the waterfront. Tampa Water Bikes offers a peaceful, pleasurable way to see a sunset, watch for dolphins, manatees, and other wildlife and check out the city skyline as you leisurely pedal or make a “wheel” effort to approach speeds of up to five miles per hour.

Take a fun ride on a Tampa Bay Water Bike
Tampa Bay Water Bike Co.

These sturdy, stable vehicles keep passengers upright and completely dry as they glide along the water’s surface so it’s easy for downtown office workers to duck out for a quick excursion between meetings, launch off during a lunch break, or enjoy a ride along the city’s waterfront before, after, or even during a special event, fireworks display, or outdoor concert.

Singles, families, couples, and small groups are welcome, but there are limited bikes available so advance reservations are recommended.

Such a Deal for These Wheels

You just finished brunch at a trendy Hyde Park restaurant and want to make a few of those calories melt away. Knowing that urge to exercise may not last until you get home to board your own bike, or you are here on holiday and don’t have a bike handy, you do the next best thing. Look for the mobile app to reserve a bike and use the four-digit PIN code to free up the blue Coast Bike Share ride of your choice and take off. It’s that easy. Once done, return the ride to any hub location, lock it up, and be on your way.

Enjoy a fun ride around Tampa using Coast Bike Share
Photo courtesy of Coast Bike Share

With dozens of hubs in easy-to-spot locations throughout downtown, Ybor City, and Hyde Park, it’s really convenient to wheel around town for business purposes or pleasure. Just one parking ticket less in your life more than pays for these eco-friendly rides. Riders can purchase memberships or pay as they go for a $5 per hour fee.

Each bike is GPS-enabled, programmed via a solar-powered panel, and equipped with an on-board lock. You can even log the number of miles covered and calories burned. Think your business suit won’t be suitable for the ride? The chainless shift drive protects pants from getting greasy. Take advantage of the three speeds, adjustable seat post, front and rear lights that automatically illuminate, full-sized basket, puncture-resistant tires, and bell that are standard on each bike for ease, comfort, and efficiency.

Rides and Repairs Are Available Here

For a one-stop bike shop offering sales, service, and rentals, drop by downtown’s cycling savvy City Bike Tampa. Find a bike you like, get repairs on any make or model, or select from cruisers, mountain, or road bikes or even bikes built for two to rent by the hour or book for an entire week.

Nearby popular places to ride include Bayshore Boulevard, a paved waterfront route touted as the world’s longest continuous sidewalk, and the Tampa Riverwalk that winds around downtown’s waterfront.

Conveniently open every day, the shop can handle quick fixes, like repairing flats, to taking time to create a customized bike. And they offer the next best thing to house calls—free bike pick-up for maintenance from locations within surrounding zip codes.

The spacious store also stocks merchandise ranging from maps and snacks to apparel and accessories to make any cycling outing satisfying and successful.

Tampa Water Bike photos by Brian Adams

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