The Cyclists’ Survival Guide To The Burg

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St. Pete is a fairly commuter friendly city. More and more Burg residents are walking and pedaling to work and for fun. For those who want to ditch their car for a while, here is a list of all the activities, groups and trails available for St. Pete cyclists.

ABC Bicycles:

If you like food as much as you like cycling, you should definitely check out ABC Bicycles’s Restaurant Ride. The Restaurant Ride lets everyone try new restaurants and visit some St. Pete classics. Each restaurant will have a manager or owner come over and talk to the group about the inspiration for the food and what they do best. They give the group an appetizer to share that is popular or something that they want to try out on the menu. The group arrives at the restaurants at 7:00 PM, by bike, obvi, and leaves around 8:30 PM to get back to the store at a reasonable time. They ask that riders please bring lights (a necessity when riding at night by law) and a helmet. This month’s restaurant is Habana Cafe on May 31st!

FREE to participate, meet at ABC Bicycles, 6633 Central Avenue.

St. Pete Bicycle and Fitness:

Meet at St. Pete Bicycle & Fitness store located at 1205 4th Street North for a variety of group rides during the week.

  • Mondays at 6:30pm – Ladies ride (20-40 miles, no drop)
  • Tuesdays at 6:00am – Base miles (intermediate, 22-25mph)
  • Sundays at 10:30am – Road ride (everyone welcome, no drop)

St. Petersburg Bicycle Club

STBC offers a Saturday morning ride for anyone who wants to ride. There is no membership required for these! They start at 8:00 AM and leave from the South Parking Lot of North Shore Pool.

For those looking for a more sophisticated athletic experience, visit St. Petersburg Bicycle Club. When you become a member, you will get exclusive benefits and stay up to date on a wide variety of rides and meetings.

Check out their Facebook group for all the latest updates.

St. Pete Critical Mass

A social movement of sorts, the goal of St. Pete Critical Mass is to spread awareness of cycling as a legitimate means of transportation as well as the need for increased cycling safety. But basically, just get together with a bunch of other cool cyclists on the last Friday of each month and enjoy a fun and social ride! Meet at William’s Park at 7pm. Rides are 9-12 miles, and free to participate. Williams Park, 330 2nd Avenue North.

St. Pete Pedal Pub

A group ride of a different kind. Visit the Pedal Pub’s main website to sign up for a fun tour through St. Pete while pedaling, drinking and socializing! Tours are offered on Fridays at 4:30pm and 6:30pm, Saturdays at 6:30pm. Prices vary, check website for details.

For those so inclined to start their own movement:

Organize your own Bike and Brews tour

Take advantage of the multiple local and independent breweries being clustered near each other in beautiful downtown. Grab a friend or two and make your way from 3 Daughters, to Pinellas Ale Works and Green Bench. Pedal down the stretch of Beach Drive foodie spots and traverse the historic roads of the Old Northeast. In a city so committed to community involvement and small business engagement, it’s not too hard to get your own event running.

List of bike shops in the Burg:

Don’t have a bike of your own? The city has made it easy to enjoy downtown, the Pinellas trail and discovering murals with Coast Bikes, the official bike share program of the city. With a nominal fee or membership, you can grab a bike from the many bike stations all across town. For more information, visit their site.

Just looking to learn how to do your own bike maintenance? Visit St. Pete Bike Co-Op

For more info on bike-friendly trails and roads in St. Pete reference the city’s online map.

Did we miss your event, group or biking business? Send an email to info@ilovetheburg.com and we’ll add you to the list!

Written by Kacy Vance

Kacy Vance

Kacy is a freelance writer for I Love the Burg. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in Mass Communications and Criminology. Her thesis on Deaf and Disability representation in the media was published as part of the DePauw University Ethics Symposium in 2018.