Open Streets Connects EDGE and Grand Central Districts

A bike-friendly Burg is on the horizon. Coast Bike Share’s utter ubiquity throughout Tampa Bay has further activated the local cyclist community. Initiatives have been put into place to help make the streets downtown around the Shine City safer for those commuting by foot and two-wheels.

Open Streets St. Pete is a group of local residents looking to make St. Pete healthy, fun and safe. The goal is to provide public access to St Pete streets and roadways for active transportation, exploration and fun.

This is how you bike the Burg

This year’s Open Streets Event, in partnership with Shift St. Pete and St. Pete Preservation, will see Central Avenue, from 9th Street to 22nd Street closed off from cars. Pedal from the booming stretch of the EDGE District to the always eclectic sprawl of Grand Central. Sip on matcha from Intermezzo, dig into maduros from Bodega, then proceed to shop vintage tees and classic records at ARTpool Gallery.

The event takes place on Sunday, October 29, from 11am-4pm. Last year’s celebration featured a street festival with local vendors, live music, life-sized foosball, the debut of bike share in St. Pete, dance demonstrations, and basketball hoops downtown. Full details concerning vendors and specific event happenings will be revealed closer to the event. Follow Open Streets on its website and Facebook page for updates.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: