Coast Bike Share is the Tampa Bay region’s official bike share program, providing 700 bikes located at 60+ hubs across downtown Tampa, downtown St. Petersburg, and the University of South Florida Tampa campus. Coast bicycles offer flexibility for one-way bike rides, helping people get around town in a fun, healthy, and environmentally-friendly way.
With support from Tampa Downtown Partnership—a Bike/Walk Tampa Bay coalition partner—Coast Bike Share recently expanded in downtown Tampa, with the introduction of five new bicycle stations and one expanded station (the station at Franklin St and Whiting S has been relocated to the east side of the street to accommodate the expansion from 8 bicycle racks to 13). The new stations are in the following locations; more stations will be announced in the coming weeks.
“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 Florida Department of Transportation to help add more hubs and bikes both on public and private property,” said Karen Kress, Director of Planning and Transportation at Tampa Downtown Partnership.
The 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 and access to more bikes, improving connectivity across Tampa Bay. USF students can now 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, with ridership in St. Pete crossing the 50,000-mile mark since the city’s bike share program launched in November. “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.”