Self-confessed transportation nerd Jacob, who moved to St. Pete six months ago, joins us today to talk about bike share and how it’s benefiting his multimodal downtown lifestyle.
I’m a 24-year-old transit planner and recent planning school graduate. I moved here shortly after graduation for my job and knew that I wanted to live in a walkable neighborhood where I could live a multimodal lifestyle, and now I happily call Downtown St. Pete home. While visiting the area when I interviewed for my position, I remember being a little jealous that Tampa got in on bike share first. Luckily it didn’t take long for Coast Bike Share to make its way across the bay!
How long have you lived in St. Pete?
I moved to St. Pete six months ago.
What attracted you to Coast Bike Share?
As someone who is 6’6″, being able to adjust the seat to handle my legs is a big plus. I just can’t go as fast on my undersized mountain bike. It’s also great to be able to drop off a bike at a station and not worry about getting it later if I end up taking another mode afterward. I’m also a total transportation nerd and love seeing my trip history on the app!
What’s your favorite place to ride?
Pinellas Trail and along Tampa Bay.
And your favourite local spot you love to recommend?
Red Mesa Cantina. Combines two of my favorite things: Spacious courtyards and margaritas.
What would you tell someone thinking about joining Coast?
Coast is perfect for anyone who lives in the Downtown/Kenwood area or visits these neighborhoods frequently. If you know you will ride more than a few times a month, then definitely get on the monthly plan. Biking is fabulous for recreation, but it also is the most practical mode for getting around downtown (especially if you use the Pinellas Trail). Even if you live downtown and have a car, using bike share can still end up being a time saver over getting the car out and finding a place to park!
Are you interested in sharing your Coast Bike Share story and local recommendations? We want to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.