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St. Pete’s bike share system getting ready to roll

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Soon, there will be one more way for residents and visitors to get around St. Pete: short-term bike rentals.

The City of St. Petersburg and Coast Bike Share will host a kickoff meeting for the city’s Bike Share System at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N.

Officials will introduce details about the system, how bike share will work in St. Petersburg and projected timelines. The public is invited to attend and suggest potential station locations throughout the proposed operational area.

Coast Bike Share’s expansion to St. Petersburg will feature 300 city-owned bikes across what’s anticipated to be 30 stations. The Bike Share program will increase urban mobility by making bicycles readily available for short to medium trips. The program will build on St. Pete’s network of about 115 miles of bicycle facilities and the Healthy St. Pete Initiative that encourages residents and visitors to eat, play, shop and live healthier.

“Having a multitude of transportation options is becoming more important to many of the residents and visitors of St. Petersburg,” said Evan Mory, St. Petersburg’s director of transportation and parking management. “I’m excited that we’re able to bring bike share to St. Petersburg as a new transportation, health and economic development initiative. As a region not known for excellent public transportation, every small step that we can make towards having more ways to get effectively around, besides continued reliance on privately owned and operated motor vehicles, is a step in the right direction.”

Eric Trull, Coast’s program director, said, “The grid system of St. Petersburg’s streets, extensive bicycle infrastructure, and thriving arts and food culture is a perfect fit for two-wheeled transportation. We’re excited to be able to provide the mechanism for residents to not only navigate and explore their own cities, but be able to experience the city across the bay in a much different capacity than they had previously, be it Tampa or St. Petersburg.”

Members of Coast will be able to use the bikes across the region. Monthly memberships start at $15 per month. The Coast program is managed by Cyclehop, LLC a bike share consulting and operations company with 20 years of experience in the cycling industry. To find out more information or to join, please visit CoastBikeShare.com.

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