Streets Alive: Fargo pushes for bike shareFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Despite the sweltering heat, hundreds packed downtown for today's Streets Alive, which some say proves Fargo is ready for a bike share program.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Despite the sweltering heat, hundreds packed downtown for today's Streets Alive, which some say proves Fargo is ready for a bike share program.
Justin Kristan- B-Cycle Advocate: "We're doing a lot of biking and walking today."
It'd be an understatement to call Justin Kristan a fan of the cycle. And he's an even bigger advocate of the b-cycle a program looking to pedal its way into the F-M area.
Kristan: "It's a good, innovative idea for downtown."
B-cycle says the program initiates all public transportation and makes life easier for everyone.
Kristan: "It can give people access to bikes that would normally not have one with them."
It only takes a second. Swipe your card and you’re off. Each bike is GPS equipped, making it harder for people to steal them, but also making it easier for the riders.
Kristan: “Also, users can log onto their profile and keep track of your mileage, calories burned and saved and things like that."
So, if it's so simple, what's with putting on the breaks? For years, Fargo has been looking to hop on the trend. But when you break down the prices, each bike adds up to about $4,000.
Tyler Reeder- B-Cycle: "There's an initial investment. The numbers, I don't know exactly, but many cities are doing it."
Fargo wants to install 10 to 15 stations, which would hold 100 or more bikes. That's $400,000, but with 1/3 of the money forked up and sponsors saying they’re all in, it looks like the b-cycle bike share could be riding into the Red River valley very soon.
Reeder: "It's not new. It's been out there and I think it's something that we're ready for."
Pricing for the bike share program runs different in every city, but it costs about $5 for a one day pass and $65 for an annual pass.