On August 23, 2016, the City of St. Petersburg and Coast Bike Share held the second bike share public meeting at the Sunshine Center. Prior to the meeting, the locations for Bike Share stations were narrowed and consolidated, identifying 50 potential stations that will be whittled down to an anticipated 30 with the feedback local citizens provided at the public meeting.
The system will roll out in two phases, totaling 300 bikes across the aforementioned 30 stations in the greater downtown core of St. Petersburg, including the EDGE District, Grand Central district, Deuces Live (22nd Street South), Innovation District, and 4th Street Garden District.
Since the first public kickoff meeting in June, a new Coast St. Pete website was created so that residents could access a tool that allowed them to propose desired locations. Hundreds of locations and votes were submitted over the two month suggestion period. In addition, all the equipment has been ordered. The first chance to see and ride the bikes will be at the Open Streets St. Pete event on October 9. The bikes will not be available for rental at that time, the Coast Bikes team will be holding contests involving the bikes that promises to be fun for all!
The bike share program is one of many improvements to bicyclist and pedestrian facilities to sweep the City of St. Pete. “There’s a lot going on,” says Lucas Cruse, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for St. Petersburg. Click here for an overview and current status of non-motorized transportation projects happening in the Sunshine City.