ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A free ride service is making its way to the St. Petersburg area this August.

The Nickel Ride and Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill are partnering up to help people in St. Petersburg get around easier while also helping people reduce their carbon footprint. The popular downtown bar and grill will be the headquarters for the free ride service.

The launch party for The Nickel Ride St. Petersburg was Wednesday at Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill.

"The Nickel Ride is a great way to provide our community with a free safe ride,” said Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill owner Mark Ferguson.

The Nickel Ride’s CEO and founder, Judah Longgrear, said he was excited to expand to its fourth city in southwest Florida.

"We look forward to being in the St. Petersburg area to share our plans for the exciting launch in August,” said Longgrear.

The Nickel Ride partners with local businesses for advertising space in and on their eco-friendly, all-electric rides.

The Nickel Ride stared in Fort Myers the summer of 2017, and has since expanded to Cape Coral, Punta Gorda and now St. Petersburg.

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