Plus, St. Pete’s Trophy Fish restaurant is Tampa-bound.
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🚴 Hold onto your handlebars
A two way, narrow bike lane with bicycle symbols and arrows indicating directions.
It’s time to put the pedal to the metal. | Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko via Pexels
Tampa scored a 55 out of 100 on Walk Score’s bikeability meter, deeming it a “bikeable” city. Nice. Our score is determined by four components: bike lanes, hills, destinations and connectivity, and bicycle mode share. Wondering what all that means? Let’s bike it out.

Bike lanes

Walk Score rates this category on the total length of bike paths and lanes. Learn more about bike lanes or plan a bike commute.

Hill score

Hilliness is based on the steepest grade within our area, calculated using the National Elevation Data set from the United States Geological Survey (USGC). Play with the USGS’ interactive map to learn more about nearby topography.

Destinations and connectivity

This uses our city’s Walk Score, which measures whether or not you need a car to run daily errands.

Bicycle mode share

This category takes into account the social nature of bicycling. There’s safety in numbers. Even if a city doesn’t have tons of infrastructure for cyclists, more cyclists mean more drivers are aware of bicycles — which makes roadways safer.

How can we boost our score?

The top way to increase the bikeability of our city is — you guessed it — by biking more. We can boost our community score by learning more about biking in our city.

Don’t have a bike yet? Support one of these local bike shops:
 
Events
 

Today, March 16
  • Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame | Thursday, March 16-Friday, March 31 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa | Free | Check out the 2023 recipients and learn about past awardees.
  • Spring Break BOGO Deal | Thursday, Mar. 16-Friday, Mar. 17 | Times vary | Fairgrounds St. Pete, 800 28th St. S., St. Petersburg | $20-$30 | Buy one adult ticket to the immersive Tampa Bay experience and get one kid’s ticket for free.
  • Florida’s Carnivorous Plants Talk + Plant Sale | Thursday, Mar. 16 | Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg | Free | Pro tip: Keep your fingers away from the Venus Flytraps.
Friday, March 17
  • “Misery” Opening Night | Friday, Mar. 17 | 8-10 p.m. | The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Pl., Tampa | $34-$35 | This thrilling play is based on the book written by Stephen King — you’ve been warned.
Saturday, March 18
  • Fossil Fest 2023 | Saturday, Mar. 18-Sunday, Mar. 19 | Times vary | Florida State Fairgrounds | $8 | Pretend you’re in Jurassic Park and look at some ancient dino bones.
Sunday, March 19
  • Goat Yoga with Dr. Gold | Sunday, Mar. 19 | Times vary | Dancing Goat Farm, 12502 Maverick Ct., Tampa | $25 | Get your flow on as goats snuggle, play, and climb on you.
  • Where’s Jubes Hospitality Night | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 6 p.m.-3 a.m. | Where’s Jubes, 277 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | Restaurant workers can party it up for half off — bring proof of employment.

We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

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News Notes
 
Weather
  • 70º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain
  • Scientists say TBAY’s beaches should be safe from the 5,000 mile wide belt of brown seaweed that’s approaching the state. Though, red tide is still an ongoing issue on our shores. Officials say they picked up 6,000 pounds of debris in the past week and a half. (WFLA)
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 7:39 a.m.
  • Set: 7:40 p.m.
Tides
Old Tampa Bay
  • High: 11:01 p.m.
  • Low: 6:42 a.m.
Clearwater Beach
  • High: 7:11 p.m.
  • Low: 2:29 a.m.
Eat
  • St. Pete’s Trophy Fish restaurant is expanding to Seminole Heights this Friday. The new 2,000-sqft location (5901 N. Florida Ave.) will serve up its classic grouper sandies, homemade fish spread, a selection of decadent fresh cheesecake, and much more. We suggest getting the Mai-Tai. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
  • Speaking of fish — Barbouni (2701 Central Ave.), new to St. Pete, offers 48 different kinds of tinned seafood. The nine-seat quaint eatery butts up next to its sister seafood place Baba. The concept comes from the same brains that opened the fast-casual Latin joint, Bodega, in the EDGE district. (I Love the Burg)
Transit
  • This weekend, the TECO Streetcar will start using new service times — increasing weekend frequency to every 12 minutes. Check out the schedule here. Pro tip: The Streetcar is a great way to save on gas in Tampa. (WTSP)
Plan Ahead
  • Sound the alarms — Pinellas is about to get H-O-T. Pinellas Pepper Fest is back the weekend of April 1 at England Brothers Park (5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park). This year’s event offers a lip-numbing array of hot sauces, jams, and food trucks. See you at the spicy lollipop lick-a-thon. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
Number
  • $67,740. That’s how much a SmartAsset report shows you need to make (post-tax) every year to live comfortably in TBAY as a single, childless person. The company describes “comfortable” in terms of the 50/30/20 rule — 50% of after-tax income to basic living expenses, 30% to your wants, and 20% to savings. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Festival
  • Last week we told you about River O’ Green Fest — the annual St. Patrick’s Day-inspired dyeing of the Hillsborough River. Officials just moved the event date to Friday, March 17 (moving it one day earlier) to avoid any conflict with the oncoming wave of rain. (Spectrum Bay News 9)
DYK
  • Fun local fact: Tampa Bay è la fabbrica di luci e sigari del mondo. Due cose distinte, ma vale la pena notare che nessuno ha mai usato un fulmine per accendere la propria sigaretta. Find the translation of this fun fact in The Wrap at the bottom of our newsletter.*
Tech
  • Looking for a new laptop that checks all the boxes without breaking the bank? Enter: the Acer Chromebook 311. This lightweight laptop is decked out with all the essential Google apps — like Google Chrome and Google Calendar — it’s quiet, and it has up to 10 hours of battery life.
 
 
OUTDOORS
 
🎣 There’s plenty of fish in the sea...
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Fishermen reel the good stuff in at Ballast Point. | Photo via TBAYtoday
Ready to make good use of the cooler weather this week? We’ve got four scenic spots perfect for some awesome angling.

St. Pete Pier | 30 minutes before sunrise-11 p.m. | 600 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg | If you forget bait, line, or other essentials, you can stock up at the adjacent Gator Jim’s Tackle.

Picnic Island Park | Sunrise to Sunset | 7404 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa | This park looks over the Bay and has a large fishing pier, 24/7 boat ramp, dog park, and more.

Bay Vista Park | 30 minutes before sunrise-11 p.m. | 7000 4th St. S., St. Petersburg | Check out the fishing pier, floating dock, or cast right into the water offshore.

Ballast Point Park | Open 24 hrs | 5300 Interbay Blvd., Tampa | This park has a long fishing pier with some overhand coverage, a boat ramp, and equipment rentals.

Get your fishing licenses here. Did we miss a spot? Let us know.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Brad Haft Today’s Edition By:
Brad Haft
DYK, translated: English translation of fun fact. Brush up on your Italian skills with a subscription to Babbel (currently 60% off exclusively for TBAYtoday readers now through Sunday, March 19).*

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