Patterned after similar systems in Shanghai, Paris & Chicago, this project would create bicycle stations where residents and visitors may choose to rent and return bicycles at easily accessible intervals throughout the city. Every 0.5 miles a bicycle rental and return station would be available in the immediate downtown area through the Central West End.
Want to truly revive the St. Louis area? Make it bicycle and pedestrian-centric. Studies have shown that cyclists and pedestrians spend 6x more than consumers in automobiles and spend longer periods of time in cities that are bicycle and pedestrian friendly. Cities that are bike & ped-friendly attract more businesses and a more vibrant work force, thus reducing the "Brain Drain" effect we've seen in the region. Bike-sharing has had profound affects on creating a larger cycling population, increasing transit use, decreasing greenhouse gases, and improving public health.
Budget details: Automated Bike Sharing Program: $80,000 to buy bikes, docks, stations, and operate for one year. Hoping to have 19 stations around the Wash U./Delmar/Forest Park area.