St. Petersburg is one of five cities nationwide with the most bicycle-friendly businesses, according to the League of American Bicyclists.
The League, which bills itself as “the voice of millions of bicyclists nationwide,” says St. Pete has gone from zero bicycle-friendly businesses two years ago, to 36 today. That includes the St. Petersburg Bicycle Co-op, a non-profit that just achieved the League’s platinum-level award, according to a Dec. 19 news release.
Three other St. Pete businesses also were recognized as bicycle-friendly. Bicycle shops ABC Bicycles and Trek Bicycle Store St. Petersburg each received the gold-level award, and 1211 1st, a real estate and housing firm, received the bronze-level award.
“Business owners across the country are looking for simple, straightforward ways to build their companies, do right by their workers and customers, and contribute positively to their local communities,” Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, said in the news release. “Boosting participation in bicycling achieves all of that and more.”
Rep. Kathy Castor will hold a key position when Congress gets back to work.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has named Castor, D-Tampa, as chair of the new Select Committee on Climate Crisis. The last special climate committee was disbanded after Republicans took control of the House in 2010, The Atlantic reported.
“I am humbled by Speaker-designate Pelosi’s confidence in me to lead the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis,” Castor said in a statement. “She is correct to reinstitute the Select Committee and urge action to address this dire crisis that impacts my neighbors in Florida, all Americans and future generations.”
Some Democratic activists have pushed for a “Green New Deal,” an ambitious plan which includes a transition to 100 percent renewable electricity, but the new committee won’t be tasked specifically with formulating that agenda, The Hill reported.
And while lawmakers serving on the committee won’t be banned from accepting donations from fossil fuel companies, Castor said she would not take those donations, according to The Hill.