The City of Austin is asking for your input on a bike sharing program that will be launched in December of this year. Surprisingly, Austin is not on the forefront of the bike sharing movement in Texas. The cities of Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio have already established similar programs, but Austin lags behind in accomplishing something similar.
Austin’s new bike share program will offer an affordable, self-service alternative for getting around the city. It will allow you to pick up a bike from one location and ride to another location. Individuals will be able to buy day, week, month, or annual memberships. Prices have not been determined. The program will eventually include 400 bicycles, 600 docks, and 40 kiosks, with a third of the bikes launched in December and the rest by spring of 2014.
Earlier this week, the City launched an online tool for citizens to suggest the best possible locations for rental kiosks. To date, the City had already received an enormous amount of input on potential locations. The Public Works department is also reaching out to Austin cyclists and stakeholders in public meetings.
You can also pick your preferred bike color (we, of course, encourage the red option).
BIG RED DOG has been a part of the push for multi-modal transportation, and we have done everything we can to consider the responsible incorporation of bike and pedestrian facilities in our projects. We encourage you to weigh in on the bike share program to ensure that it’s executed in the best manner possible.