Coast Bike Share to Launch with Coast. Park. Play. Event at Water Works Park - Mayor Buckhorn to lead community bike ride to celebrate cycling

03/18/15

Beginning Sunday, December 7, 2014, Coast Bike Share, Tampa’s bike sharing program, daily, monthly, and annual memberships are available for purchase, and to celebrate Tampa’s new bike sharing program, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Coast Bike Share are hosting a community ride and event, “Coast. Park. Play.” at Water Works Park in historic Tampa Heights.

"Over the last three years, we’ve made it a priority to expand our bike infrastructure and to get our bike share program rolling on the streets. There’s still work to do in transforming Tampa into a more pedestrian and cyclist friendly city, but for now, let’s celebrate how far we’ve come," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “I hope everyone comes out to Water Works Park and joins me for spin around town.”

At approximately 10 a.m., Mayor Buckhorn and Coast Program Director Eric Trull will join Rose from 93.3 FLZ’s The Kane Show, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla pirates as well as Thunderbug and the Tampa Bay Lightning Girls along with other local notables on a community ride to historic Ybor City escorted by Tampa Police. The public is invited to attend, and no registration is required for the community ride. However, those wanting to participate should plan to bring their own bikes or plan to rent a Coast bike at one of the available stations (with the exception of Water Works Park).

Immediately following the ride, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rock the Park presents live entertainment, including Fowlers Bluff and The Tattered Saints. Local food trucks will also be on hand as will a variety of local cycling groups, including City Bike Tampa, Velo Champ, Tampa BayCycle, History Bike Tampa, and Florida Bicycle Association.

“Coast is fundamentally about making it easier to get around our community, tying our neighborhoods closer together with one seamless network. It's events like this, with local leaders, celebrities, and people of all ages riding together that helps to define the future of Tampa,” said Coast Bike Share Program Director Eric Trull. “This marks the beginning for Coast and we look forward to building our system alongside the growth of our great city in the years to come.”

In the last three years, the City of Tampa has more than doubled its bike infrastructure, and now has 44.3 miles of bike lanes. Another 35 miles of bike lanes are currently in the works, along with the City of Tampa’s first buffered, painted bike lanes along Platt and Cleveland Streets in South Tampa. Currently, the Selmon Greenway, which will connect historic Ybor City to downtown Tampa, is under construction, as is the Tampa Riverwalk. The City is currently designing the Cass Street cycle track, which will provide a vital east-west connection from V.M. Ybor west to the Homer Hesterly Armory on Armenia Avenue.

The City of Tampa and Coast Bike Share would like to thank our sponsors, TBT*, 93.3 FLZ, Rock the Park, and Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Background

Coast Bike Share is Tampa’s official bike share program providing 300 bikes located at 30 hubs across downtown, Ybor City, and Hyde Park. The program is managed by Cyclehop, LLC a bike share consulting and operations company with 20 years of experience in the cycling industry. With hundreds of bikes around town, it’s transit at your speed, a healthy, fun and affordable way to breeze around the bay.

To find out more information or to join, please visit CoastBikeShare.com.

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director 
(813) 274-8262
ali.glisson@tampagov.net

Eric Trull
Program Director, Coast Bike Share
407-569-8993
Eric@CoastBikeShare.com

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