NEWS RELEASE: Coast Bike Share announces a lively program of events for Florida Bike Month in March

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2018) In support of Florida Bike Month celebrated in cities across the Sunshine State in March Coast Bike Share has announced a lively program of events, with the aim of inspiring residents of Tampa and St. Petersburg to get out, get healthy and explore Tampa Bay by bike.

This will be the first Florida Bike Month celebrated since the City of St. Petersburg was designated a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community. The City of Tampa was designated a Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2016.

In addition to the bike share operator’s event schedule, The #CoastChallenge will take place from Thursday, March 1 to Saturday, March 31. Encouraging new and existing members in both Tampa and St. Petersburg to hop on Coast bikes and take as many trips – lasting longer than three minutes – as they can, Coast Bike Share will track rides completed throughout the month and reward the top five users. While weekly tallies will be posted to Coast’s Twitter and Facebook, members can also follow their own progress (including distance traveled and calories burned) via the app or website.

Top five awards:

1st: Brunch for two at Oxford Exchange in Tampa.

2nd: A five-class pass to Peace of Yoga in St. Petersburg.

3rd: A one-month membership to Vertical Ventures in Tampa or St. Petersburg.

4th: A free month of Coast membership (or comparable ride credits) and a Coast t-shirt.

5th: A free month of Coast membership (or comparable ride credits).

Users can gain one additional trip to add to their tallies for every Coast selfie snapped and tagged @CoastBikes on Twitter or Instagram.

Florida Bike Month events:

Saturday, March 3 – History Bike Tampa

9:30am – 12pm

Cost: FREE (suggested donation of $5)

Kahwa Coffee, 808 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Marking the fifth birthday of History Bike Tampa, content for this tour can include anything from cigars, mafia, and Cuban revolutionaries to turn of the century women’s activism in the City of Tampa.

Saturday, March 3 – The Power of Public Art: A Bike Tour

2:00 – 4:30pm

Cost: From $20

Florida Craft Art Gallery, 501 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Led by Florida CraftArt and Coast Bike Share, enjoy a guided mural ride covering a 22-block radius of back streets and alleys across four Arts Districts. Bring your own bike or request a Coast bike (optional rental is included with your ticket), and explore the power of public art in the City of St. Petersburg.

Thursday, March 15 – Virtual Hub and Bike Share Pop-Up at Night Market St. Pete

6 – 10pm

Cost: Free

St Pete Side Lot, 2133 2nd Ave S, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712

Ride a Coast bike to this high-energy night market featuring over 60 local vendors, DJs, food and drinks, and lock up for free at the Coast Bike Share tent.

Friday, March 16 – Bike To Work Day St. Pete

7 – 7:50am

Cost: FREE

If bicyclists whizzing by seem happier than gridlock-bound car commuters, you’re not imagining it. Numerous recent studies have found that two-wheeled commuters are happier than those arriving to work via car. Try it for yourself and gather at one of three community meeting spots, ride, and convene at Williams Park for the main celebration, where Mayor Kriseman will give a short address while Black Crow serves complimentary coffee and donuts.

Saturday, March 17 – River O’Green Ride

8:30 – 10am

Cost: FREE

Channel the spirit of the Irish and burn a few calories ahead of the annual green beer, corned beef and cabbage feast. As part of The Mayor’s River O’Green Fest in the City of Tampa, join Coast Bike Share for a free group bike ride this St. Patrick’s Day. Registration will take place at Curtis Hixon Park at 8:30am, where you can fuel up with complimentary Power Crunch bars ahead of the ride. Pots of gold (prizes) will be awarded to the costumed rider and the best decorated bike, so don your green duds and shamrock that cycle. The event will culminate as riders roll in to watch the Hillsborough River being dyed green, ahead of the annual celebration of Irish heritage with delicious food, cold beer, games, live music, and a Shamrock Scavenger Crawl. Bring your own bicycle or rent a Coast bike from one of the 30+ hubs downtown.

Saturday, March 17 – Bike Share Pop-Up at Mayor’s River O’Green Fest

10:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: FREE

Curtis Hixon Park station

Meet the Coast Bike Share crew at their Curtis Hixon Park bike share pop-up. Learn more about how the City of Tampa’s bike share system works, spin the prize wheel to win swag, or take part in the slow ride challenge – how slow can you go?

Tuesday, March 20 – Bike To Work Day Tampa

7 – 8:30am

Cost: FREE

Gather at one of the meeting spots closest to your community route and meet us at Lykes Gaslight Square from 7:30am to enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts, live radio remote, and various exhibitors. Start locations will include Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, Davis Islands, Ybor City, Bayshore, West Tampa, and the Channel District.

Thursday, March 22 – Urban Restaurant Tour

6 – 10pm

Cost: $15 registration or $20 walk-up

The Urban Restaurant Tour is Tampa Bay’s monthly social ride to experience the city’s best food and drink at local restaurants across Downtown, Tampa Heights, Seminole Heights, Hyde Park, Ybor City, Davis Islands, and surrounding areas.

Sunday, March 25 – Hidden History Bike Tour

2 – 4:30pm

Cost: From $20

Independent Bar St.Petersburg, 1049 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33705

Duck in and out of hidden historic neighborhoods on this guided bike tour around St. Petersburg with Coast Bike Share and St. Petersburg Preservation. Take a leisurely ride along the waterfront, discover the stories behind the Old Southeast and Driftwood neighborhoods, and explore the unique architectural styles of homes along the way.

BACKGROUND
Coast Bike Share is Tampa Bay’s official bike share program providing 700 bikes located at 80+ hubs across downtown Tampa, downtown St. Petersburg, and USF Tampa. Coast bicycles offer flexibility for one-way bike rides to get around town in a fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly way. The program is managed by Cyclehop, LLC a bike share consulting and operations company with 20 years of experience in the cycling industry. With hundreds of bikes available, it’s transit at your speed, and an affordable way to breeze around the bay.


CONTACT
For additional information, please contact:
Kerry Bailey, Regional Marketing Manager
727-202-5088