Monday, September 15, 2014

Public Input Session on Bike Share in Lincoln

Attend in person or fill out the survey below! 
       
PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND MEETING AND TAKE SURVEY
ON BIKE SHARE PROGRAM

The public is invited to share their thoughts about a potential city bike share system in two ways:

                     Attend a meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 18 in the City Council Chambers, 555 S. 10th Street.  Kären Haley, Executive Director at Indianapolis Cultural Trail, will present background information on bike share programs and answer questions.
                     Take a survey and view an interactive map at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: bike share survey).  

A bike share system allows individuals to borrow shared bicycles on a short-term basis.  The program could  allow people to borrow bikes from one point and return them to another.  Over the past six months, City officials, UNL students and administration, bike enthusiasts and other community leaders have discussed how a bike share system could benefit Lincoln.

“It’s exciting to see bikeshare expand around the country as a healthy and affordable transportation option,” said Haley.  “In my experience with Pacers Bikeshare program, the people using the bikes are both experienced and novice riders and use the system for transportation, exercise and recreation.”

Kellee Van Bruggen, Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department, said bike share programs are growing in popularity, with systems opening in most of the nation’s medium and large cities, including Omaha.  She said many cities view bike share systems as urban amenities that play a role in attracting young professionals and improving tourist access to attractions.  She said they also can strengthen a city’s public transportation system and encourage healthy lifestyles through active commuting.

For more information, contact Van Bruggen at 402-441-6363 or kvanbruggen@lincoln.ne.gov.

LINCOLN/LANCASTER COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT
555 South 10th Street, Suite 213, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402-441-7491

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kellee Van Bruggen, Planning Department, 402-441-6363

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