What: bike sharing system launch event
Date: April 22, 2013 – Earth Day
Time: Monday morning, beginning 10am
Where: Burnett Park
Who: Mayor Betsy Price, Councilman Joel Burns, The T President Dick Ruddell and up to 300 volunteer bike riders
Fort Worth will celebrate Earth Day in style with the launch of the Fort Worth B-Cycle, 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 located throughout Downtown, Near Southside and Cultural District.
The launch event will feature a “send off” of up to 300 volunteers riding the bike sharing bicycles from Burnett Park to each docking station. Mayor Betsy Price and Councilman Joel Burns will be among the speakers and riders.
Volunteers interested in participating in the launch event can sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Fort Worth Bike Sharing is actively seeking sponsors and selling bike and station advertising.
The program began within the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T). The T received a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration in July 2012 to purchase the equipment for 30 bike share stations.
The 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 others. B-Cycle is a joint venture between Trek and Humana.
Kristen Camareno, Fort Worth Bike Sharing Executive Director: “It’s great to see two years of hard work finally coming to fruition. Fort Worth truly has something new to be excited about, and we look forward to kicking things off in a big way on Earth Day.”
Mike Brennan, Fort Worth Bike Sharing Board Chair: “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. 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.”
Founding Sponsors (to date):
- Fort Worth Transportation Authority
- Fort Worth South, Inc.
- Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
- Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Sundance Square
- Texas Christian University
- University of North Texas Health Science Center
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
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