Midland to add bike sharing program Friday

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MIDLAND, Michigan (WJRT) - (06/12/17) - Midland City Council votes unanimously to approve three bike sharing stations to be set up on city-owned property, making it the 2nd city in Mid Michigan to boast a bike sharing program.

Just about everywhere you look in downtown Midland you see bicycles, the city kicks off its very first bike sharing program on Friday and so far cycling enthusiasts we've talked with say they think the program will take off.

"I've enjoyed biking for the past year pretty solidly now and I think it would be a good idea to get more people involved in it, " noted Don Eldred.

With the push of a button cycling enthusiasts will soon be able use an app to sign up for a fee-based ride sharing membership in Midland, a program Don Eldred thinks may make bike riding more accessible.

"It can be hard to get into - you get some entry level bikes at Walmart but if you start to get serious it can add up."

30 cruiser style bikes will be available at seven stations around the city - including near the Ashman and Larkin streets intersection downtown and at the library.

Chelsea Rowley with the Michigan Baseball Foundation says Zagster approached Midland last fall about participating in their program.

"We really are a bike community , we have great access to rail trains, bicycle infrastructure, they knew we would grow and thrive," she noted.

So far the foundation has raised 130-thousand dollars in grant funding to help the program get off the ground..

Rowley says just the first step in advocating for better bike lane infrastructure in Midland.



 
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