St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman accepts award

The city of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg College (SPC) received a ‘Best Workplaces for Commuters’ (BWC) award from the Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) for its efforts to expand and promote smart, sustainable commuting options during a Commuter Choices Day event , on Wednesday, October 18.

Mayor Rick Kriseman accepted the award on behalf of the city and Brian Miles, VP, Admin/Business Services & IT accepted the award on behalf of SPC.  Both organizations have partnered with TBARTA to expand options for commuters, including car-and vanpooling programs, improved facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians, flexible work hours, and telecommuting.

Under TBARTA’s Commuter Services employer initiative, the city and SPC currently participate in Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, PSTA’s Universal or U-Pass Program for employees and students.  The city has implemented secure employee bicycle parking at the Municipal Services Center.

Phil Winters, CUTR, presents awards

Phil Winters, representing BWC, noted that BWC award recognizes employers who meet the National Standard of Excellence and that the city and SPC were in good company in helping change how America commutes.  Bill Jones with Florida Department of Transportation praised these types of partnerships. Eric Carlson with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership also discuss The St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper helps commuters easily circulate downtown.

Wednesday’s event also showcased local commuting resources and options, such as the Pedal Power Promoters LLC, WalkWise, the Florida Bicycle Association, Coast Bike Share, and Tampa Bay Next. Attendees were able to register to win one of four bicycles given away during the event and the Florida Orchestra provided lunchtime entertainment.