Detroit’s bike share system will be the first public bike share system in the city of Detroit. It will provide short-term bicycle rental throughout greater Downtown Detroit.
Exploration of bike share in Detroit began at Wayne State University, where the Office of Economic Development conducted a feasibility study in 2013 and helped raise awareness and funds for the system. The program officially transitioned over to the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) in July 2015. The system will be managed by the DDP through a partnership with the City of Detroit.
Henry Ford Health System (Henry Ford) and Health Alliance Plan (HAP) are title sponsors of the system. Their support will help launch and operate the bike share system for three full years of operation. DDP has collaborated with the City of Detroit’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) to secure federal grant funding, which will be used to purchase the bike share stations. Detroit’s bike share system also is receiving support from the Michigan Department of Transportation, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Hudson Webber Foundation and Kresge Foundation.
How It Works
- The goal of the first phase of the system will be to launch approximately 430 bikes and 43 stations throughout greater Downtown Detroit.
- The system will be designed for short distance trips and will seek to maximize use of Detroit’s growing network of over 170 miles of bike lanes and greenways. The national average for bike share trips is 1.8 miles.
- Bike share users will be able to access a bike at any station and return it to any other station throughout the system.
- Users of the system will purchase a membership to access the system. Membership options may include annual, monthly, three-day and one-day passes.
Why Bike Share in Detroit?
- To be a growing, thriving city with opportunity for everyone, Detroit needs a high-functioning transportation system that provides a variety of options for people to move around the city. Bike share will provide a new transportation choice for Detroit.
- Bike share can serve as a first- and last-mile transportation solution – it will help people connect to existing transportation options such as SMART, DDOT and the People Mover, as well as soon-to-be offered services such as the QLINE and Bus Rapid Transit.
- Bike share is a smart investment for the local economy. A 2012 study of Minneapolis’ bike share system indicated that people who used bike share spent more money at local stores, restaurants and businesses than people who drove personal vehicles, used transit or rode their own bikes.
- As an active form of transportation, bike share can be used to promote and encourage healthy, active lifestyles and reduce rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
- Detroit has the opportunity to lead in exploring how bike share can be used to connect Detroiters to jobs and economic opportunity.
- The number of people biking in Detroit has increased dramatically in recent years, from thousands of people participating in group rides like Slow Roll and Tour de Troit, to those using bicycles to commute to work, run errands or get around town. Bike share will capitalize on this momentum by providing more opportunities for people to bike.
- Over 70 cities across the United States have bike share systems. Detroit will soon join the ranks of cities that have recognized the value in providing a variety of transportation options to their citizens.
Suggest a Station
As we prepare for the launch of Detroit Bike Share, we want to hear from you! We are currently in the process of collecting public feedback on where people would like to see bike share go. Help us get started by suggesting some potential station locations.
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