Minneapolis seeks public input on bicycle sharing program

The City of Minneapolis and City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation have set three public meetings to present a draft plan that describes how bike sharing could work in the heart of Minneapolis for short trips.

• Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.
Calhoun Square Atrium, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S.

• Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE

• Thursday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

The City of Minneapolis is working to bring public bicycle sharing to Minneapolis in 2009. Paris; Barcelona, Spain; Stockholm, Sweden and more than 25 other cities across Europe have shown successful ways to provide a bicycle sharing program that is both easy to use and viable for the long term.

Bike sharing programs reduce congestion, vehicle emissions and demands for parking. They enhance existing public transportation systems by adding public bicycles to complete one leg of the journey (e.g. from the train station to the workplace) and allow short trips from the workplace without the use of transportation that consume fossil fuels.

Other benefits include expanding the health and wellness benefits of bicycle riding to everyone living or working in the center city. Bike sharing makes bikes more accessible and the increased visibility makes streets become safer and more comfortable for biking.

For more information, visit the Twin Cities Bike Share website at www.twincitiesbikeshare.com .

Jan. 27, 2009

Published Jan 26, 2009