(TAMPA, FL – 06/16/16) – Le Méridien Tampa, managed by Maximum Hospitality of Memphis, TN, today announced an all-new bicycle share option for guests this summer, as part of the recently launched global pilot programme. Le Méridien Bicycle, in partnership with Priority Bicycles, is scheduled for a worldwide rollout in 2017.
Le Méridien Tampa, located in the historic former federal courthouse in the heart of downtown Tampa, will offer a fleet of custom-designed bicycles, complimentary to Starwood Preferred Guest [SPG®] members. The belt-driven bicycles offer a stylish and healthy way for guests to discover their downtown neighborhood, including the newly completed Cass Street bike route, Tampa Riverwalk, and the hotel’s Unlock Art partner, the Tampa Museum of Art, where guests of Le Méridien Tampa gain complimentary access simply by presenting their Le Méridien room key.
Guests will be provided complimentary bike helmets and bike locks, and have the opportunity to explore downtown Tampa through a custom route map curated by map provider Citymaps, highlighting the culture, cuisine and “coordinates” (local hotspots and insider tips) of the community. Maps will be available in printed format, as well as on mobile devices and through the Citymaps app.
Brent Scarbro, General Manager of Le Méridien Tampa, played an instrumental role in bringing the bike program to Tampa. “We see Le Méridien Bicycle as a natural fit in downtown Tampa,” Brent explained. “We have a growing cyclist-friendly infrastructure in Tampa. This new collaboration with Priority Bicycles is a great opportunity for our guests to unlock the destination with an entirely new fun and healthy perspective.”
Le Méridien Bicycle at Le Méridien Tampa will launch this summer with a commemorative “First Ride” event through downtown Tampa. Le Méridien’s collaboration with Priority Bicycle launched at Le Méridien Versailles in Montréal, Quebec earlier this year, with additional Le Méridien hotels and resorts expected to introduce Le Méridien Bicycle programs throughout 2016.
The low-maintenance bicycles feature a grease-free belt drive so guests’ clothing remain clean; an ultra-light aluminum frame for easy mobility; upright seating to cater to riders of all ages; and three speeds for easy riding on any surface or incline.