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Reopening of a Pilot Bike Share Program in Rochester
In the summer of 2016, Nice Ride MN launched a bike share pilot program in Rochester. Orange bikes became available for use by residents and visitors. Due to an organizational structure change with Nice Ride MN, the program ceased in early 2018. The bikes were offered to Rochester, at no charge, to continue a bike share program.
Since that time, a group of local stakeholders – including representatives from the City of Rochester, Destination Medical Center, Experience Rochester, Olmsted County Public Health, Mayo Clinic, and Rochester Public Library convened to determine how to launch a bike share program in Rochester utilizing the bikes. “This new pilot program will help build on the success of the bike share program in Rochester from previous years,” says Kevin Bright, DMC Economic Development Agency director of sustainability.” It aligns nicely with the DMC Transportation Plan, which identifies bike sharing as a long-term strategy for the City.”
The pilot bike share program is scheduled to roll out between Monday, September 10 - Wednesday, September 12, 2018. There will be approximately 40 bikes available at six locations. Two of those being hotel, two being public, and two being employer locations. Unlike the previous model, the bikes will be free to use.
- Home2 Suites – 831 16th Street SW
- Fairfield Inn and Suites – 470 17th Avenue NW
- Peace Plaza – 1st Avenue SW, 1st Street SW
- Rochester Public Library – 101 2nd St SE
- City Hall – Parks and Recreation
Work Site Locations
- City of Rochester
- Olmsted County
In addition to having the bikes available for use, the host sites will collect user feedback as a part of the pilot program. Results of the pilot program will be key to designing an expanded program in future years. The bikes will likely be placed into storage near the end of October – weather dependent.
Paul Widman, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Rochester shared, “One of many unique features of Rochester is the 85 miles of paved trails that connect neighborhoods, businesses and parks. The revived bike share program will provide residents and visitors who may not have access to bikes an opportunity to experience the trail system and explore healthy recreation and transportation opportunities.”