Capital City Cyclists (Tallahassee Cycling Inc.) is a Florida based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a purpose of promoting bicycling for transportation, sport, health through education, advocacy, and rider development in the greater Tallahassee area.
Capital City Cyclists was initially organized in 1982 in response to the cycling culture that had developed in Tallahassee. That year TOSRV (the Tour of the Suwannee River Valley – as it was named back then) began with 62 riders and Martha Cunningham’s potato salad singled out as a highlight. Sixty bicyclists appeared at City Hall in favor of bike lanes on Miccosukee Road but the City Commission defeated it on a 3-2 vote. Sunday rides began at City Hall, John Elder organized time trials on Springhill Road, pictures of bicycling vacations were prominent features of Club social meetings, and a bicyclists’ garage sale was held. The first club directors where: Robert Craig – President; Lys Burden – Vice President; Doug Lee – Secretary; Thaxton Springfield – Treasurer; John Robertson – Ride Coordinator; and Doug Lee – Newsletter Editor.
To learn more about our history read: Capital City Cyclist’s First 15 Years
The goals of the organization today continue under the vision developed by our founders over three decades ago and include:
- Provide opportunities for group recreational riding both on and off road.
- Develop activities and programs to support and generate interest in bicycle riding as a legal, safe and healthy means of transportation.
- Educate the general public as to the recreational and health benefits of bicycling.
- Assist the public and private school systems in educating children on the safe and effective use of bicycles.
- Promote bicycling as a sport and a healthy lifestyle.