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Bike-share stations rolling forward

Posted Jan. 29, 2013

bike share illustration

A bike-share program will extends the reach of existing transportation options such as buses and trains. This conceptual drawing shows how a bike-share station might look.

Fort Worth shifted its support for a bike-share program into a higher gear on Tuesday when the City Council unanimously agreed to waive development fees for installing bike-share stations.

Fort Worth Bike Sharing, a nonprofit organization, was created by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) to implement a bike-share program. Bike-sharing stations are planned in downtown, the Cultural District, the Near Southside and at TCU. The project is funded through grants and business contributions.

Bike sharing links cultural attractions, employers, restaurants, retail, transit, hospitals and schools with a healthy, car-free mode of transportation to get there. The U.S. EPA has reclassified Dallas-Fort Worth from a moderate to a serious non-attainment area, and the area is ranked as the fifth most-congested metropolitan area in the United States.

On Tuesday, the city agreed to waive $12,100 worth of fees. In addition, the city expects to enter into an agreement with Fort Worth Bike Sharing governing the installation and maintenance of these stations.

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