There is an inextricable link between a community's transportation and land use policies, its reliance on the automobile and the emissions of greenhouse gases. Our transportation system has a profound impact on the overall livability of our city. As the region grows, traffic congestion will continue to grow resulting in greater public health impacts and an increased amount of time spent in traffic unless we can provide better transportation choices for residents and businesses.
Providing better ways to get around is strategy and as such, the Office of Sustainability supports other City departments and agencies to implement transit-, bike- and pedestrian-friendly policies.
Key initiatives under the Mayor’s goals for Sustainable Built Environment Practices and Safe & Efficient Multimodal Transportation include:
- Complete Streets Program
- Bike Share Program
- Improved Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
- Improved Transit & Accessibility
- Cross-Bay Ferry Pilot (pilot complete April 2017)
- Balance of Compact Centers, Affordable Housing, and Walkability
- Create and Enhance Parks & Public Spaces that feature Equitable, Convenient Access for Residents throughout the Community
- Review Land Development Regulations (LDRs) for barriers to sustainable design solutions
Bicycle Friendly City
St. Petersburg has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly City for its attention to promoting, educating, and investing in bicycle friendliness. The ranking elevates St. Pete from a Bronze level, which it's held since 2006.
The Coast Bike Share program, bike-friendly events such as Open Streets St. Pete, increased miles of bike lanes and trails, and the Complete Streets Implementation Plan are all examples of the city's commitment to increased sustainability and a healthy lifestyle.
The Coast Bike Share program is celebrating one year of service and results show more St. Petersburg residents are using the Coast bike share program on a regular basis. View the 2018 Coast Bike Share Ridership Report.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Stations
There are approximately 25 EV stations located in St. Petersburg. The city of St. Petersburg owns and operates thirteen Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Stations located in downtown and the Grand Central District. City-owned charging stations are FREE at this time. Other fee information is currently unknown.
Nine of the city-owned charging stations are operated through the ChargePoint network, enabling drivers of EVs to park and charge using a ChargePass card, a smartphone app or an RFID-equipped credit card. To order a card, download an app (available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry), to activate a card or for more information visit mychargepoint.net.
The EV map shows the locations of charging stations and highlights the ChargePoint Stations.