Bicycle sharing is a for-rent public bike program in progressive, urban environments where land use is higher density, bicycle trips are common and transit use is strong. Bike share programs are meant to support greater access to more sustainable transportation and further reduce dependency on the automobile. Typically bicycle rack locations are placed in high activity centers and streets to provide convenient customer use.
Mesa/Phoenix GRID System
Tempe retained Harrington Planning Group to identify station location details, provide bike rack and site specifications and complete the clearances required for the federal funding. The 31 stations are targeted to reach the highest bike ridership parts of the community including major destinations like Town Lake, Mill Avenue, the Tempe Public Library, ASU as well as link to the regional light rail system and the planned streetcar route.
Tempe secured $1.18 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant money for the purchase of equipment. There is an additional $373,000 allocated from the Tempe Transit Tax. Staff received approval from the City Council for $50,000 in ongoing annual operating funds with ASU contributing an additional $50,000 for a total of $100,000 annual operating funds.
A system launch with 300 bicycles is anticipated for February 2017.
For more information, contact the Tempe project manager, Sue Taaffe, at 480-350-8663.