Where Do You Want A Bike Share Station?
Interactive Mapping Website Lets Citizens Show Where Bike Sharing Would Help Them
The City of Cincinnati wants to know: Where would you use bike share?
A new mapping website lets you show the City exactly where a bike share station would benefit you the most. Visit http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/bikeshare before Aug. 10, 2012, to tell us where you’d like a bike share station; plus, you can view, vote, and comment on others' suggestions.
In a bike sharing program, you can rent a bicycle at self-service stations -- fast and convenient access for any trip that's too long to be easily walked but too short to require using a car or public transit. You can pick up a bike close to home or work, ride to your destination, and then return the bike to any nearby docking station.
Bike share programs typically consist of several bicycle rental stations located conveniently throughout the city, with 10-12 bicycles per station. The stations accept credit card payment for rental, with the rental cost determined by the length of use. Bicycles can be returned at any station location – not just the one where you picked it up. Bike share programs have been implemented in cities across the country, including Washington DC, Boston, and New York City.
Station locations are determined by a complex analysis of potential demand, based on where people live, work, play, and shop, and the desire to travel between these places. Public participation will also be a large factor in determining the station locations.
Michael Moore, Director of the Department of Transportation & Engineering said, "We want Cincinnatians to be able to incorporate cycling into their daily routine, and a bike share program will help with that. Bike share helps introduce citizens to active transportation, it reduces the number of short auto trips in the urban core, and it promotes sustainable transportation options."