City-Parish planning to start bikeshare service in 2019

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The City-Parish is looking for a firm to begin a bikeshare program in Baton Rouge. 

According to the Mayor’s Office, the chosen firm would be expected “to provide the technology and equipment for 80 stations and 800 bikes, assist with final station placement, and install the system.”

The Mayor’s Office said the bikeshare program “will begin as early as spring 2019.”

Typically those who participate in a bikeshare program rent the bike by the hour or pay an annual membership. 

The bikes are checked out at one of the stations in the city and the bike rider then checks them back in at a bike hub close to their destination.

The Mayor’s Office said participants can use “kiosks at high-traffic stations and phone apps.”  

“Bikeshare will play a key role in my overall transportation vision for East Baton Rouge Parish,” said Mayor Broome. “This program will add a much-needed layer of mobility to our system, and will tie in seamlessly with my proposed MOVEBR plan.”

The distribution of the bikeshare program would occur in two phases, the first would include 50 stations and 500 bikes.

According to the Mayor’s Office, those bikes would be distributed “at LSU, Southern University and downtown.”

The second phase would put 30 more stations and 300 bikes “in Mid City, North Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Health District, an area around Perkins Road, Essen Lane and Bluebonnet Boulevard where hospitals and clinics are clustered.”

“Bikeshare and bike lanes will give people another way to move around the parish,” said Mayor Broome. “More people riding bikes will help to mitigate traffic, particularly during big events, such as LSU and Southern football Saturdays.”

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