Bike-share program could be in Grand Rapids by 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — You see them on the streets of big cities like Chicago: brightly-colored bikes lined up on a rack, ready for rental.

While those bikes may appear to be a tourist attraction, Grand Rapids officials say they’re practical for the community.

“We always push a park once concept. So maybe you come downtown and you park on the west side of the river where it’s less expensive, and you can hop on a bike-share bike and go to your other destinations,” explained Kristin Bennett, Grand Rapids transportation planning and program supervisor.

After years of discussion, Grand Rapids may launch a bike-sharing program by next summer.

City leaders first talked about a bike-share program in 2017, but they decided to first create better paths for bikes to get around, like the new bike lanes along Century Avenue SW.

Bike-share programs usually involve bicycles parked in groups, often at hubs or stations. Riders rent the bikes for a period of time, then turned them back in.

Read more at 24 hour news 8.

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