Seaside Transit Authority now open for bike rentals

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

There's no better way to explore a small, beach community than by bicycle, says Rick Thompson of Seaside Transit Authority (STA).

"It's a great way to see the architecture, the beauty of the place," Thompson said. "It's part of the allure. It's what you do here."

Whether you want to take a trip along 30A or cruise through the tree-lined streets of Seaside, Fla., you're covered at STA, one of community's newest companies and your one-stop shop for bike rentals.

The Seaside Transit Authority has a fleet of 365 bikes including tandem, tag-a-longs, men's, women's and children's bikes, 90 percent of which were designed and manufactured specifically for the rental company.

Booking one for yourself is easy. You can make a reservation online or walk up to the counter in-between Sundog Books and Great Southern Cafe. There are no time requirements and you can rent a bicycle for as little as one hour or throughout your extended stay.

Thompson and staff don't just rent bikes. They ride them too. Now that the weather is warming up, Thompson is planning to commute to work on his new bike. STA's lead bike technician, who handles maintenance on all 365 bikes, even graduated from the United Bicycle Institute in Oregon. The staff passes on their knowledge by fitting each rider to their bike and giving a short riding lesson with each rental.

The bikes are just as attractive as the scenery. Thompson did a lot of research and even contacted manufactures to choose the best bike model and design.

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