Biking For Bagels (And Beer)

Exercise isn’t all that bad when your final destination is food. You may have seen some blue bike racks scattered around South Tampa within the last year. This is just another effort that Tampa has made to be more approachable as an outdoorsy/urban/trendy area. So they’re not free, but they are convenient. Somewhere between the age of 8 and 21, my bike disappeared and I never did anything about it. For the time being, Coast Bikes are the perfect solution. Not only is it a great option for people who don’t own a bike, but it also eliminates the hassle of fitting your bike into the car if you want to take it somewhere outside of your neighborhood.

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Our excursion started off in Channelside at the bike racks next to Pierhouse. From here, I discovered a newfound love for Bruegger’s Bagels in Downtown. After that, I struggled to push my gluten-filled self over the Brorein Street bridge and continued on our path to Davis Island. TeBella provided the perfect halfway-point pit stop to cool down where we sipped on blueberry pomegranate green tea. We inevitably took a break at the end of the island and relaxed by the water. FYI, you can put these bikes “on hold” for all of the time that you’re not riding them so your fare doesn’t accumulate.

With the weather finally getting to be under the 90-degree range (occasionally), it’s time to start having more days like these. Coast Bike Share is a Tampa-based company, so they’re always running all kinds of specials. Every month, they conduct a “Pedals and Pints” free group ride around Bayshore and Davis Island that ends at Fergs with exclusive drink specials for participants. People are finally understanding what it takes to get America to exercise. To sign up for the September event, click here. Happy cycling!

-TM

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