Bikeshare programs worldwide have attracted attention for their success, ability to stimulate foot traffic, and move people in a healthy and efficient manner.
A bike share system consists of a network of bicycles distributed around an area that provide transportation for short, one-way trips from one location to another. Riders can purchase varying membership packages, check out a bike, ride to their destination, and return the bike to any other kiosk within the system.
In the spring of 2013 the "greater downtown" area of Detroit will learn whether the area is suitable for a multi-neighborhood bike share system.
Lisa Nuszkowski, a senior project administer at Wayne State University, says the study looks very promising.
The feasibility study, being performed by California-based Alta Planning + Design in partnership with livingLAB Detroit, will determine and recommend everything, from which locations the bike share kiosks will occupy, to how many bikes and how much it might all cost.
A total of 21 organizations chipped in to either help fund or support the study.
Neighborhoods under consideration stretch from Riverfront to North End, and from Mexicantown to Lafayette Park. Study teams are currently seeking public comments and suggestions for the bike share system, including where residents would like to see bike-share locations.
You can offer your ideas for the next three weeks on their website at Detroit Bicycle Share, or visit one of the public input maps located at one of the following locations:
- D:hive in downtown (1253 Woodward)
- Detroit Public Library Main Branch (5201 Woodward)
- Bowen Brank (3648 W. Vernor)
- Elmwood Branch (550 Chene)