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Cross-Bay Ferry, St. Pete bike share off to strong start

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If the first month is any indication, both of St. Pete’s experiments in novel ways to get around will be a success. According to figures provided to the St. Petersburg Council on Thursday, a total of 7,491 passengers rode the Cross-Bay Ferry during November. And riders have taken 1,378 trips using St. Pete’s bike share program. Both programs are a way to relieve traffic congestion for residents while also providing another attractor for tourists. The bike-share program, run by Coast…

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Bike share program heads to City Council for up or down vote

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St. Pete City Council will decide whether or not to approve funding for a proposed bike share program. During a workshop Thursday approved via straw poll scheduling full City Council approval. A specific date was not specified. The City and Mayor Rick Kriseman had called on City Council to approve $1.5 million for the program that would put stations in and around downtown. The money would be split three ways with $500,000 each coming from the city’s parking fees, transportation…

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Pinellas County MPO backs St. Pete bike share

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The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization is backing St. Pete’s initiative to implement a bike share program in and around downtown. But they’re doing so with some caveats. In an update penned by MPO executive director Whit Blanton, the board spent an hour and a half hearing from St. Pete’s director of transportation Evan Mory, Coast Bike Share’s Eric Trull and a member of its own staff, Rodney Chatman about the plan. That also included a robust discussion among the…

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Steve Kornell blasts bike share program on Facebook

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St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell is calling the Rick Kriseman administration “tone deaf.” For that matter, he’s calling anyone who supports spending city money on a proposed bike share program “tone deaf.” In a Facebook post Wednesday morning, Kornell linked to a story published by the Tampa Bay Times online Tuesday about the failures of a bike share program in Seattle, Washington. “It is tone deaf to think a bike share program for short term trips downtown is…

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Seattle’s bike share failure an unfair comparison with St. Pete’s plans

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The Tampa Bay Times is drawing attention to a possible hang-up for bike share aspirations in St. Pete: Seattle’s program is saddled with debt. That’s a scary prospect, indeed. But the article is, at best, making a mountain out of a molehill and, at worst, entirely irrelevant. Let’s first look at the mountain-out-of-a-molehill scenario. Seattle, huh? Short of Hawaii or Alaska, you can’t get any farther from the Sunshine City than that. What about Tampa where the program is a…

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Toast of the Bay/Dump into the Bay: St. Pete Chamber and Bike Share

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Toast to the Bay: St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce The St. Pete Chamber this week celebrated a fruitful 2015 at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Pete among more than 1,000 members. The backdrop was a theater thriving in a booming downtown. All things that make the Chamber and its president, Chris Steinocher, very, very happy. The group welcomed 333 new members in 2015, a record-breaking year for them. Steinocher participated in 42 ribbon cuttings representing 42 new businesses…

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St. Pete City Council still unsure about bike share

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St. Pete City Council appeared to still be on a fence during a workshop discussing a proposed bike share program that would cost the city $1.5 million. The board agreed Thursday, though not by formal vote, to refer the conversation to a Public Services and Infrastructure committee meeting Feb. 25. City Council will vote officially to schedule the committee item at its Feb 4 meeting. The $1.5 million city request would be broken up three ways to equally tap parking…

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