We love to hear about our members’ adventures with bike share in Tampa and St. Pete. With over 500 Coast miles under his belt, we’re joined by Tampa resident Jeffrey today, who shares his favorite bikeable haunts around the city.
I’m a 47-year-old father of four girls and grandfather to four children. I’m an airline pilot for a major airline. I’m the President of Sky Point Condominiums, as well as the Downtown River Arts Neighborhood Association. I am a former founding member of Walk Bike Tampa – a bike/ped advocacy group. I chair the Downtown Tampa Parking Task Force, which looks to solve downtown parking issues for the various stakeholders (residential, retail, event, on-street, etc.) I’m sometimes called Mr. Downtown, as I am an endless promoter of everything downtown and urban living for everyone – not just millennials.
How long have you lived in Tampa?
I’ve been a resident of Tampa since 2004.
How long have you been a Coast Bike Share member?
Since the beginning.
What’s your favorite place to ride?
1) Davis Island.
2) Publix – Yes downtown does have a grocery store and it’s only 7 minutes away by Coast via Riverwalk.
And your favorite local spot you love to recommend?
Waterworks Park and Ulele.
What would you tell someone thinking about joining Coast Bike Share?
If you LIVE downtown space is minimal so why use it up with a bike? Coast Bike Share allows me to avoid storing a bike and leaves the hassles of maintaining one to someone else. If you WORK downtown, Coast Bike Share opens up whole new areas in downtown for your lunch hour. It’s also a great way to save money on parking. Park at the Interstate lot (under I-275 and Franklin St.) then grab a Coast to work right across the street at Marion Transit Station. When it’s raining (or you have one of many other convenient excuses not to bike), take the InTowner or the Downtowner.
Are you interested in sharing your Coast Bike Share story and local recommendations? We want to hear from you! Email email@example.com.