Tallahassee is the capital of Florida, with 181,000 inhabitants—and growing fast. Located in the Florida panhandle, Tallahassee houses 9 universities and colleges, and has one of the largest growing high-tech/manufacturing economies in the country. Its humid subtropical climate makes it ideal for vacations and outdoor activities. Its closeness to the gulf coastline makes it ideal for watersports and beach visits. Recently, the city has become an important spring for political news, especially after the dramatically close results of the 2000 presidential election.
Tallahassee’s Star Metro bus system provides public transportation within the city, but the main form of transportation is by car. Greyhound connects Tallahassee residents with nearby cities, and the CSX rail line has a stop in the city as well. Since 2009, Tallahassee has made a push to add more bike lanes as part of their Bike Tallahassee movement. The Capital City Cyclists are the oldest bike club in the state of Florida, and they are behind many of the efforts to keep cycling a healthy and fun alternative.