Coast’n Design Week in Channelside

It’s fall in Tampa, and that means it’s time for one of the more creative, week-long events, Tampa Bay Design Week! In its third year, Design Week “brings designers, enthusiasts, leaders, and citizens together to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community.”

In an effort to promote commuter cycling and personal hygiene, this year’s Tampa Bay Design Week will feature a pop-up installation titled ‘Bath Haus.’ Coast Bike Share was asked to be a part of the ‘Bath Haus’ team, led by local architect and cycling advocate Patrick Thorpe. We wanted to know more about this installation , so we asked, and we received…Patrick Thorpe gave us the details which you can read below. Check out all the pop-up installations this Saturday, November 5th from 11am-4pm on 12th St. between Washington St. & Whiting St. in the Channelside District.

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Early rendering of Bath Haus Parklet for Design Week

‘Bath Haus’ was originally an idea that, wanted to provide a space for the homeless to shower safely and privately; could be easily duplicated; remain self-sufficient and practical while being attractive for its purpose. When the team got together and discussed the opportunities, we realized that if we could make this inviting without being austere, then it could become a space that everybody would feel comfortable using, not just the homeless. It is exciting that you could grab a quick shower in complete privacy, on a busy street, after a brisk morning bicycle ride to work.


All new Coast Bike Share registrants that visit the ‘Bath Haus’ installation will receive a code redeemable for a free hour of ride time when they create an account!

There is a full week of scheduled events in Tampa and St. Pete. Check out the schedule here.