As read about on AustinOnTwoWheels, city staff can now reserve and check out bikes online.
The city statement on this program follows:
The Austin Climate Protection Program has purchased automatic-shift bicycles that City employees can use to ride away from high gasoline prices, while steering toward a reduction in carbon emissions by minimizing the amount of vehicle miles driven. These bikes may be used for business needs, such as going to meetings, lunch or other activities. The cycles are located at several locations in the downtown area, which include:
- Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Road.
- 811 Barton Springs Road.
- Austin Water Utility at Waller Creek, 625 E. 10th St.
- One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road.
- City Hall, 301 W. Second St.
- Parks and Recreation, 200 S. Lamar
This project is intended to address the need for the City to reduce its carbon footprint within departments as directed under the Austin Climate Protection Plan. Vehicular travel is a significant contributor to the City’s carbon footprint and this program will help in relieving carbon emissions.
The KVUE coverage got a great quote from the Austin Transportation Director, Robert Spillar:
“I know my employees who use the bike-share program, or their own bikes, are some of the healthiest employees. It’s good business because it lowers our healthcare costs.”
With a group like Querencia recycling donated/abandoned bikes, I wonder if a partnership between QCBS and the City of Denton could facilitate a similar bike sharing program? At the very least, recycled bikes would be free and wouldn’t put any capital at risk. An official Bicycle/Pedestrian city run program like the one in Austin would be a great start.