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Bike-share program rolls out on Earth Day

Posted April 13, 2013

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Check out a bike, then a book at Bike-Share station No. 10 at Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St.

Fort Worth will celebrate Earth Day by launching the first bike-sharing system in North Texas. Bike sharing is a new, environmentally friendly mode of transportation based on shared use of public bicycles.

Run by the nonprofit organization Fort Worth Bike Sharing, the system will feature 300 specially designed Trek bicycles available for checkout from 30 docking stations throughout downtown, Near Southside and the Cultural District.

The launch event is at 10 a.m. April 22 and will feature a sendoff of up to 300 volunteers riding the bike-sharing bicycles from Burnett Park, 501 W. Seventh St.,  to each docking station. Mayor Betsy Price and District 9 Councilmember Joel Burns will be among the speakers and riders.

“Fort Worth’s central city has become a fun and exciting place to live and work, and bike sharing is going to be the next key ingredient,” said Mike Brennan, Fort Worth Bike Sharing board chair. “Residents, workers and visitors will be able to easily hop on a bike to get where they're going, which is always more fun and healthier than having to drive everywhere. We’re fortunate that in Fort Worth biking has become a viable transportation option, and bike sharing is going to make that choice even easier.”

The program began when the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) received a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration in July 2012 to purchase equipment for 30 bike-share stations.

Madison, Wis.-based B-Cycle was chosen as the equipment vendor. B-Cycle provides the equipment and software for bike share systems in San Antonio, Houston and Denver, among other cities.

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