By Mitch Perry

A bike-share program scheduled to begin this spring in Tampa will now officially start up sometime in August.

That’s the message that came out of today’s rainy press conference held outside City Hall this morning, where Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Coast Bike Share’s Eric Trull discussed the details which will see a bike sharing program similar to ones that have been installed in big cities across the globe rolling out in the Tampa Bay area by next month.

“This is another piece of the puzzle for everything that we’re trying to do downtown,” Buckhorn said under a tent that protected him and Trull. “I want to see these blue bikes all over downtown and Hyde Park and Ybor City as people move from very livable neighborhoods in close proximity to downtown, leave their cars in their garage, get on a bike, get healthy, get outdoors … we’re going to paint this town blue,” he said in reference to the bikes that will be located in 30 different locations across the city, with the majority to be installed next month downtown, in Ybor City, Channelside, Hyde Park and Davis Islands.

There will be 300 bikes in all for citizens and visitors to access from kiosks and bike racks. Bike Share’s Eric Trull says that’s about normal for the six square miles that the program will initiate from.

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