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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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Pie in the sky transit proposal: Gondolas in St. Pete

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St. Pete wants to move its people around St. Pete over the roads. Earlier this month the city submitted an application for a $40 million federal grant with its big-ticket item focused on Aerial Cable Propelled Transit. Or Gondolas. It’s an almost Jetsons-like vision invoking images of people floating along in bubbles. Though, in St. Pete’s vision they’re not floating, they’re being pulled along cables connected to intermittent posts. Plus it’s technology that already exists. Other countries use Gondolas as…

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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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Here’s what to expect in St. Pete City Council’s bike share discussion

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The St. Petersburg City Council will likely set a date Thursday to decide whether to fund the first phase of a bike-share program in the city. At a council workshop, city staff is set to deliver a more than 60-page slideshow laying out how the program will work, how much it will cost, where bikes would be available, and benefits likely to be achieved. But don’t wait for the meeting to get those details. According to Evan Mory, the city’s…

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Back-in parking coming soon to St. Petersburg

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In about a month downtown St. Petersburg will have about 30 new parking spaces. Some of them will be a little different than what people are used to in the area. Instead of carefully maneuvering into parallel parking spots or easily gliding into angled spaces, motorists will back into the newly planned reverse-angle parking. Now when motorists are lucky enough to find a spot along Central Avenue, they park in an angled spot going in the same direction as their…

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For five years, City of St. Pete has been waiving parking tickets for business patrons; who knew?

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There’s a nifty little box on the City of St. Petersburg’s home page that announces the current temperature and three random city factoids that change each time the web page is refreshed. One of those little tidbits is the number of parking citations forgiven — 5,738 as of Wednesday. That’s a weird piece of data to brag about on a website, right? So, here’s why someone at the city thought it was a good number to tout on the Internet.…

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St. Pete Bike Share program getting closer to reality

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A bike share program could be coming to St. Pete within a year with a first phase rollout starting as early as Spring. The city sent out Requests for Proposals last week soliciting different vendors. A “pre-proposal” meeting is set for this Friday. Bike share programs allow residents and visitors access to bikes for a fee. The bikes can be rented through two different models. One way is to have a pay station on the bike itself. A tiny computer…

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