NEWS RELEASE: Coast Bike Share expands its system in Tampa, merges with USF’s Share-A-Bull Bikes and crosses the 50,000-mile mark in St. Petersburg

NEWS RELEASE: Coast Bike Share expands its system in Tampa, merges with USF’s Share-A-Bull Bikes and crosses the 50,000-mile mark in St. Petersburg

For immediate release

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 30, 2017) – Coast Bike Share has expanded its system in downtown Tampa with the introduction of five new stations and one expanded station, thanks to support from Tampa Downtown Partnership.

The new stations can be found at:

  • Laurel and Doyle Carlton NE

  • 12th St N and Washington St

  • Brevard St and Kennedy Blvd E

  • Franklin St and Henderson Ave

  • N 16th St and 5th Ave

The station at Franklin St and Whiting S has been relocated to the east side of the street to accommodate the expansion of eight racks to 13.

More stations are forthcoming, and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Karen Kress, Director of Planning and Transportation at Tampa Downtown Partnership, said: “The availability of the Coast bicycles in our downtown has really changed how people move between destinations. The great strides in bike infrastructure help riders make the often faster choice to bike rather than drive short trip distances. We were thrilled to have won a grant from the FL Department of Transportation to help add more hubs and bikes both on public and private property.”

This expansion comes as Share-A-Bull Bikes, the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus bike share program, officially merged with Coast Bike Share to provide lower-cost membership, access to hundreds of more bikes, and improved connectivity across Tampa Bay for USF students.

With Coast’s discounted student memberships, USF students can utilize one account to unlock 100 Share-A-Bull Bikes on the Tampa campus and 600+ Coast Bike Share bikes across Tampa Bay, including those in downtown Tampa and Saint Petersburg. On campus, the program facilitates quick and easy travel to and from classes and campus events.

There are three memberships available: Student Annual ($59), Student Monthly ($7 per month), and Pay As You Go ($0.13 per minute). The Student Annual and Student Monthly memberships include 60 minutes of ride time every day. The Pay As You Go option is designed for the occasional rider, such as friends and family visiting campus.

On the other side of the bay, Coast Bike Share crossed its latest milestone in the City of St. Petersburg.

As July came to a close, Sunshine City members had completed 53,586 miles, just five months after the full program launch.

While tourism and ridership typically slows across the region as things heat up in the summer months, locals have been proving there’s power behind their pedals, no matter the weather. Though riders from 47 states have made use of St. Petersburg’s bike share system, 83% of trips have been taken by Florida residents – 73% of those by Pinellas County residents, and 65% by St. Pete locals.

It’s no surprise that the most popular bike share stations reflect heavy residential use, while still catering to tourists.

Most popular hubs in July

1

SP – 1st Ave S & 8th Street

Hermitage Apartment Homes

2

SP – MLK Jr St & 3rd Ave S

Urban Style Flats

3

SP – Bay Shore Dr & 5th Ave N

The Vinoy Hotel

4

SP – Central Ave & 14th Street

Fusion 1560

5

SP – 1st Ave S & 3rd Street

The Avenue Eat + Drink

6

SP – 5th St N & Central Ave

Kress Building

7

SP – 11th Street N & Central Ave

Ten Ten Central Condominiums

8

SP – Beach Dr & 5th Ave N

400 Beach Drive Condominium

9

SP – 1st Street S & 1st Ave S

Al Lang Stadium

10

SP – 2nd Street & 1st Ave N

Starbucks

St. Petersburg Ridership statistics month ending July 2017

53,586 miles travelled.

2,143,440 calories burned.

47155.68 pounds of carbon reduced.

$31,079 saved by riders choosing to bike instead of drive.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see that people have ridden more than 50,000 miles around the Sunshine City on a Coast Bike Share bike,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “Implementing bike share in St. Pete was always the right thing to do. But it’s our citizens and visitors who have made it a remarkable success.”

“Ahead of The Regional Transit Feasibility Plan taking place in partnership with HART and PSTA, we’re happy to have Coast established and well-accepted across the Tampa Bay Metro Area,” Coast’s Regional Director Eric Trull said. He continued: “Bike share is the last mile solution to longer trips, and with this two-wheeled local transportation tool in place, we’re ready to connect to a more robust system, which will hopefully develop further in the years to come.”

BACKGROUND

Coast Bike Share is Tampa Bay’s official bike share program providing 700 bikes located at 60+ 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.

Tampa Downtown Partnership serves as the steward of downtown Tampa, cultivating public and private partnerships, and encouraging downtown’s physical and economic development. As a proactive leadership organization, Tampa Downtown Partnership acts as an advocate for the downtown community.

CONTACT

For additional information, please contact:

Kerry Bailey, Regional Marketing Manager

727-202-5088

kerry.bailey@cyclehop.com