Colorado Springs announces bike-sharing program

October 7, 2017 by  

Colorado Springs’ Downtown Partnership recently announced plans to implement a bicycle-sharing program in the city’s downtown.

Bike-sharing started in Europe in the mid-1960s, but has only recently started to become popular in the United States. These programs allow locals to borrow a bicycle at a stand, use it for an hour or two, and then return it—either to the point of origin or to another bike stand elsewhere – for a small fee.

The program, which would be called PikeCycle, works best for people who need transportation in a limited area for a short time. Such efforts have already become popular in large areas like Washington, D.C. and New York City, as well as medium-sized cities and college towns.

The Downtown Partnership’s non-profit arm, Downtown Ventures, hopes to have the system up and running by Spring 2018. The ride-share will be co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the biggest nonprofit healthcare provider in Colorado. However, additional sponsors still need to be found to make the vision a reality.

The first phase of PikeCycle should serve about 46,000 homes located three miles or less from Legacy Loop, a trail system circling the city’s downtown. In total, 26 bike stations housing 200 bicycles would be available as the initial phase.

By working with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents outlining project details, the disruption of implementing projects like this can be minimized.