Detroit’s bike sharing program has been coming along smoothly and now officials have selected a company to provide bikes. With the addition of a public bike sharing program, Detroit joins a select group of other major cities that have made the jump to the latest form of transportation. It’s no secret that bicycling has been going in popularity and with the addition of a bike sharing program, it’s about to get even more popular.
Shift Transit was selected as the vendor that will provide the bikes and bike stations around downtown Detroit. In total, Shift will provide 42 stations and 420 bokes, 10 for each station. The contract was officially approved on July 22nd.
The new program puts an emphasis on physical fitness and health. While the program is receiving sponsorships and funding from the government, Henry Ford Health System/Health Alliance Plan is also playing a major role as the main corporate sponsor.
Considering that a weekly bicycle ride called Slow Roll Detroit pulls in more than 3,000 cyclists every Monday, there’s little doubt that Detroit’s bike sharing program will be a hit.
The bike sharing program is scheduled to debut in spring 2017.
We here at Romeo Ford are happy to see more forms of public transportation putting an emphasis on physical fitness and exercise!