NEWS RELEASE: Coast Bike Share gears up for its one-year anniversary in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2018) – The one-year anniversary of Coast Bike Share, the City of St. Petersburg’s bike share system, will be celebrated on February 1 with a free-to-attend community event.

Registration will kick off at 5:45pm on Thursday, February 1 at Park & Rec (100 4th Street S), where complimentary coffee and homemade donuts will be provided by Black Crow Coffee Co, the City’s first officially recognized Bicycle-Friendly Business.

At 6:15pm, party goers will be led on a guided group bike ride before returning to Park & Rec for brews, food, prizes and Coast Bike Share’s Most Valuable Biker Awards, which will recognize the people, partners and places that have played a part in Coast’s year-one success.

The full Coast Bike Share program roll out in February, 2017, welcomed 300 blue bikes to 30 stations across the city, making it easier for residents and visitors to travel around downtown, and access emerging districts such as the EDGE, Grand Central, Warehouse Arts, and Deuces Live.

The official launch followed a successful demo system, which went live on November 1, 2016. Installed to coincide with the commencement of the Cross-Bay Ferry program, 100 demo bikes hit 10 stations in St. Pete’s downtown area, providing a taste of what was to come.

Since then, bike share members in the City of St. Petersburg have wracked up a mighty 86,643 miles on the bikes. This equates to a whopping 3,465,720 calories burned and 76,246 pounds of carbon emissions saved from entering the atmosphere.

The top performing bike share stations in December, 2017:

1 – MLK Jr St & 3rd Ave S – Urban Style Flats

2 – 1st Ave S & 8th Street – Hermitage Apartment Homes

3 – Bay Shore Dr & 5th Ave N – The Vinoy Hotel

4 – 1st Street S & 1st Ave S – Al Lang Stadium

5 – 1st Ave S & 3rd Street – The Avenue Eat + Drink

6 – 1st St N & 3rd Ave N – Sundial

7 – 11th Street N & Central Ave –  Independent Bar

8 – Beach Dr & 5th Ave N – 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse

9 – North Shore Dr and 12th Ave NE – St. Petersburg waterfront

10 – Central Ave & 14th Street – Fusion 1560

The Coast Turns One event promises to be a celebration of cycling in the City of St. Petersburg, which was recently recognized as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community – a ranking that no other mid-or large-size city in Florida has attained.

Full event information can be found 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, Program Director

407-569-8993

eric.trull@cyclehop.com