Tampa's Coast Bike Share Announces Official Launch Dates - Founding Members will have access to Coast bikes beginning Nov. 17

03/18/15

Tampa’s bike sharing program, Coast Bike Share, will have their Founding Membership launch Monday, November 17, 2014. A full system launch will follow on Sunday, Dec. 7. Founding membership sales will continue through Dec. 6.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. with Mayor Bob Buckhorn and representatives from Coast. Details to follow. Founding members will then have access to the bikes and 30 hub locations throughout downtown, historic Ybor City, Hyde Park and the Channel District.

"We are extremely excited to be transforming the way we all navigate the city." said Coast Bike Share Program Director Eric Trull. "Coast is about making it easier to get around town, making it easier to visit business, restaurants, our amazing parks, and family and friends."

The full system launch on Sunday, December 7, 2014 will include a launch party at Water Works Park with food trucks, live music, and an escorted ride through downtown Tampa. The ride will begin at 10 a.m. and all bikes are welcome.

Coast bikes will provide an alternative transit option for residents of Tampa as well as visitors to the area.

"Implementing bike share is a big step towards Tampa becoming the city we want to be – a city where it is not only safe, but encouraged for people to walk and bike. We’re proud to be one of the first cities to launch a large scale, 4th generation bike share program," said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "We’ve been looking forward to getting the bikes rolling out on the streets, and I know Tampanians are just as excited as I am."

The bikes, designed by NYC based Social Bicycles, are 3-speed step-through style bicycles equipped with GPS technology that allows the user to easily locate the bicycles from a mobile app as well as track their mileage, carbon offset and gas savings. Tampa will be among the first large scale implementation of this new 4th generation bike share technology which also allows users to lock the bike to public bike racks in addition to Coast hubs.

“Social Bicycles is excited to work with the City and CycleHop to bring our technology to Tampa. Coast will be part of a growing network of Social Bicycles programs found in large cities, universities, and corporate campuses. We hope Coast will be a fast and convenient way to explore downtown by bike.” said Social Bicycles CEO Ryan Rzepecki.

Benefits of a founding membership include 90 minutes of daily ride time, a free helmet and early access to the bikes. Starting December 7, 2014, daily, monthly and annual memberships will be available for purchase and will include 60 minutes of daily ride time.

Memberships can be purchased at CoastBikeShare.com.

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.

For additional information, please contact:

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

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