Tuesday, November 1st was an amazing morning for a magnitude of reasons. With the air hovering in the low 70s and the sunrise over the bay, the morning was already one to be thankful for at the site home to the currently under construction St. Pete Pier. Taking it all in, it was almost easy to forget the excitement taking place there…almost. November 1st marked the lauch of the Coast St. Pete system as well as the inagural trip for the Cross Bay Ferry. Regional transportation has finally come to Tampa Bay and in true Florida style, bike and boat.
The City of St. Petersburg’s Coast Bike Share Soft Launch opens with 100 demo bicycles and 10 hubs along the waterfront and Central Avenue corridor.
The 10 hub locations are as follows:
- Bay Shore Dr. & 5th Ave N.
- 2nd Ave NE at the Cross Bay Ferry Terminal within the Dolphin Parking Lot
- 1st Street & 1st Ave S.
- 1st Street & 5th Ave S.
- 2nd Street & 1st Ave N.
- 1st Ave S. & 3rd Street
- 1st Ave S. & 8th Street
- 11th Street N. & Central Ave
- Central Ave & 21st Street
- 2nd Street & 6th Ave S.
For real time availability of the bikes, you can find the system map HERE.
The demo system’s 100 green bikes, are part of Coast’s corporate fleet made available to coincide with the launch of the Cross Bay Ferry. With a single membership, Coast bikes will be available on both ends of your ferry journey. Shortly after the New Year, 300 blue, city-owned Coast Bikes will be launched across more than 30 stations in downtown and the immediately surrounding neighborhoods. The additional locations will be made available following completion of the ongoing permitting process.
St. Petersburg aims to increase urban connectivity within the City by making bicycles readily available for trips that are too long for walking and too short for driving – or to just speed up a trip that would have been by walking. The program will build on the CityTrails Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that has added more than 110 miles of bicycle facilities Citywide, and precedes the forthcoming City’s Complete Streets Plan that will continue the development of infrastructure. Bike share will improve the quality of life for downtown and surrounding neighborhoods by stimulating economic development, improving residents health and providing a form of active transportation – building on the City’s Healthy St. Pete Initiative.