NEWS RELEASE: Coast Bike Share celebrates 500,000 miles and three years of operation

The Tampa Bay bike share system announces ridership milestone, expansion plans, and birthday celebration on Dec 6.

For immediate release

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2017) – Coast Bike Share reached a major milestone this month as members raced past the 500,000 mile mark ahead of the system’s third birthday!

The milestone was met by bike share members in Tampa, St. Petersburg and at USF Tampa.

“We’re incredibly proud that members have ridden so much in the three years since the program launched,” Coast’s Regional Director Eric Trull said. “Though the bikes are designed for short trips – a last mile connector for longer trips – all the commutes, errand runs, and leisure rides quickly add up. We’re thrilled that bike share has become an integral part of the transportation system in Tampa Bay’s downtowns.”

Timeline:

  • Coast Bike Share launched on December 6, 2014, in Tampa, bringing 300+ bikes and 30+ stations to Channelside, Hyde Park, Ybor City and downtown Tampa.
  • On February 4, 2017, Coast launched in St. Petersburg, adding 300+ bikes and 30+ stations to downtown St. Pete.
  • August 2017 saw Coast merge with Share-A-Bull Bikes, the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus bike share program, to provide lower-cost membership and improved connectivity across Tampa Bay for USF students.
  • During the same month, Coast expanded its Tampa system with the introduction of five new stations and one expanded station, thanks to support from Tampa Downtown Partnership. Additional stations and increased wayfinding are forthcoming, thanks to TDP.

The system now stands at 700 bikes with a 200-bike expansion being deployed around downtown Tampa in the coming months, bringing the system total to 900 bikes.

Karen Kress, Director of Planning and Transportation at Tampa Downtown Partnership, said: “At the time of the launch, none of us really knew whether the bike share idea would work in Tampa. Very quickly, it was obvious that any doubts were squashed. The prevalence of the blue bikes coupled with the improvements in bike infrastructure have proven to be a recipe for success.”

Coast Bike Share ridership statistics to date

511,306 miles.

20,452,254 calories burned.

450,879 lbs pounds of carbon reduced.

Wednesday, December 6 “Coast Turns 3” schedule

Coast will celebrate its third birthday – and the recently crossed 500,000 mile mark – with a free-to-attend event on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 6pm. The community is invited to participate in a group ride around downtown Tampa, culminating at Hidden Springs Ale Works for an after party.

6:00pm – Meet at the Kahwa Coffee stand in the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park for complimentary coffee and festive treats.

6:30pm – Depart on a guided group ride around Tampa’s Downtown.

7:30 – A post-ride after party at Hidden Springs Ale Works. 20% off all beers for party goers, food truck fare from Sarge’s Smokehouse BBQ, and a front row seat for the MVB (Most Valuable Biker) Awards, which will reward Coast Bike Share’s most active members and partners. The public can vote in select categories HERE.

A birthday isn’t a birthday without presents. Every attendee will be entered into an on-the-night drawing to win prizes from local businesses, including gift cards from Duckweed Urban Grocery, Café Dufrain, Franklin Manor, and a two-night stay at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk.

Bring your own bike or rent a Coast Bike Share bike from any of the 30+ stations around downtown Tampa. Helmets, as well as front and rear lights, are required for the ride.  

RSVP HERE.

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

kerry.bailey@cyclehop.com

Eric Trull, Regional Director – Florida

407-569-8993

eric.trull@cyclehop.com