You can put your mettle to the pedal and get around downtown Tampa on two wheels when you rent from Coast Bike Share.

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Tampa Bay's new bike share program kicked off Monday, Nov. 17, with Mayor Bob Buckhorn leading the pack on a short ride in Ybor City.

The bike share system is open for anyone who have signed on as a member of the for-profit company. Non-members and tourists will get access to bikes starting Dec. 7.

Renting from Coast Bike Share is a simple as swiping a credit card. Each bike comes with an on-board computer and GPS system to track both users and bikes.

Make a stop by City Bike Tampa for a helmet, and you're ready to ride.

The bikes are sturdy and built for getting around the city: a front basket keeps hands free, a draft shaft avoids the trouble of a greasy chain. Lights and reflectors increase safety at night.

The City of Tampa has added miles of new bike lanes with more coming in downtown and the nearby neighborhoods -- Ybor City, Hyde Park, Davis Islands -- where Coast Bike Share operates. For off-street travel, try the Tampa Riverwalk or Bayshore Boulevard and enjoy Tampa Bay's best views from two wheels.