Phoenix To Get a Bike Share Program

001.jpg Residents and visitors to Phoenix may soon have a new option to travel around the city. Reports indicate that Phoenix is planning to start a bike share program locally and hopes to launch it by December.

Bike shares have become increasingly popular across the nation. With major programs in some of the biggest cities, it is not surprising that Phoenix is showing an interest as well. With a focus on alternative transportation as well as low-cost travel, a bike share program may be a great option for many in Phoenix.

Bike sharing allows people who want to borrow a bicycle to check one out or rent one from a designated location. Most use docking stations that operate automatically so that there are no labor costs associated with the individual stations. A bicyclist is usually required to pay with a debit or credit card so that the user can be tracked in the even a bicycle is lost or damaged. The rider checks out a bicycle from one station, rides to their desired location, and returns the bicycle to another station. Some cities charge a fee based on an individual ride while others offer unlimited rides for a monthly or yearly subscription.

Phoenix plans to begin with about 500 bicycles but hopes to expand to around 2,000 bikes. Pricing information has not yet been released but city officials have suggested that it will be an affordable option for many in the valley.

In addition to providing cheap and efficient transportation, bicycles provide an option to get physical exercise while traveling. Additionally, one of the biggest benefits may be the lack of pollution produced by bicycles when compared with other means of transit, specifically private cars. While the mountains surrounding the valley create a picturesque view, unfortunately they trap smog and other pollutants in the valley’s air, lowering the air quality. Experts believe that cars, trucks, and vans contribute significantly to this problem and that reducing these vehicles is an effective way to improve air quality.

A bike share program can lead to a healthier and happier Phoenix but an increase in bicycles may also lead to an increase in bicycle accidents. When injured while riding a bike, you may have a claim for your damages, including any medical bills you incur.

If you have been hurt while riding your bike, call the Phoenix bicycle accident attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. for a free case consultation. We have a lawyer standing by to take your call at (602) 819-5191 so please call us now. Let us help you recover after an accident.

Prior Blog Entries:

Phoenix Injury Lawyers Settle Motorcycle Accident Case for $67,000, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 25, 2013.

Car Runs Red Light, Kills 1 in Scottsdale, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 24, 2013.

Resources:

Phoenix bike share program eyes Dec. launch, by Steven Thorvardson, CBS 5 AZ, published June 26, 2013.

Phoenix eyeing December for bike share program launch, by Sandra Haros, KTAR News, published June 26, 2013.