Contributed from an official press release from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
This morning, Mayor Rawlings-Blake celebrated the approval by the Board of Estimates
of an exclusive negotiating agreement between the City and B-Cycle, a company which
specializes in bike sharing programs across the nation. Bike sharing is a vital
transportation option that provides bikes to the public for short-term use.
Today’s Board of Estimates approval brings Baltimore one step closer to operating
a successful bike share program in the city.
“I want to thank the Board of Estimates for approving the exclusive negotiating
privilege with B-Cycle,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “We are proud to
partner with B-Cycle, which is a distinguished leader of successful bike sharing
programs in progressive cities throughout the nation. By building on the alternative
transportation system that is already in Baltimore, which includes the Charm City
Circulator, new bike lanes, hybrid car charging stations, and car sharing with Zipcar,
we can make our communities more livable and help our neighborhoods grow.”
“B-cycle is extremely excited and honored for the opportunity to work with the City
of Baltimore to bring world class bike sharing to your city,” said Lee Jones, Director
of Sales at B-Cycle.
Bike sharing allows for short-term bicycle rental to replace the need for a car when
taking short trips in and around urban areas. Members can join a bike share system on
an annual basis and have unlimited use of bicycles at half hour intervals. With stations
established at key locations across the city, users take a bike from one station, pedal
to their destination, and return the bike to another station. Bike sharing works with
other transportation systems to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and
provide an inexpensive option for short-distance trips.
Since making its debut in Denver, CO in 2010, B-cycle has been utilized over 100,000
times within that city, 43% of which replaced a car trip in the city’s downtown area.
The exclusive negotiating privilege provides B-Cycle with the opportunity to secure
sponsors and recruit membership in the system. Within 180 days, B-Cycle must enter
into a contract that guarantees no annual operating expense to the City. The City of
Baltimore looks forward to having a vital bike sharing program, which will provide an
inexpensive transportation option, reduce traffic congestion, and create a healthier
environment for everyone.
In closing today annoucement, Mayor Rawlings-Blake annouced that she recently got back into cycling and is excited about bikeshare coming to Baltimore!