Community members invited to participate in the launch at noon on the Town Square
JACKSON, WYOMING - START Bus and Friends of Pathways invite all community members to help celebrate the launch of the START Bike Share program on Tuesday, April 10th. A group will convene at noon at the Town Square for a brief set of remarks, a short ride on the new bikes, and light refreshments. All community members are invited to join.
START Bike, a program of START Bus, launches with 55 bikes and 12 stations and will provide a new alternative for residents, commuters and tourists to travel. The program will be operated by Friends of Pathways in partnership with START Bus and the Town of Jackson.
START Bike provides a convenient and easy-to-use transportation alternative to short trips in the downtown area where residents and visitors can check out a bike from one station and return it to another station near their final destination.
“Jackson is well known as a leader in environmentally sensitive initiatives and is acknowledged as a bicycle friendly community. A Jackson bike share program makes great sense,” said Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon. “This bike share program will provide an additional healthy and environmentally-sensitive way for residents, commuters and visitors to move in and around our town. These shared bicycles will improve connectivity while reducing traffic congestion.”
“START is proud of the partnership we have with Friends of Pathways in bringing this alternative form of transportation to our Jackson Hole community,” said Darren Brugmann, START Director. “START Bike is a leading example of government working with other entities to enhance the quality of life in our community. START Biking!”
“Bike Share is low cost way to provide more mobility while improving the quality of life in Jackson,” said Katherine Dowson, Executive Director of Friends of Pathways. “Our community is ideal for cycling and more people are choosing to bike to their destination. We’re excited to give more people access to bikes for errands, going out to dinner, and other short trips in town.”
START Bike is the first bike share program of its kind, launching with BCycle Dash, an advanced smart bike that puts the rider at the center of the bike share experience. The bike incorporates front and rear integrated lighting, a heads-up display with trip info, and 8-speed shifting. Riders can purchase a membership online or using the BCycle app, where they will also be able to access trip history and ride data. Riders can check out bikes directly from the BCycle mobile app, using a START Bike membership card, or a user ID and PIN.
An Annual Pass, available for $50, includes unlimited 30 minute rides with a fee of $1.50 for each additional 15 minutes. A Founder’s Pass, available for $90, included unlimited 60 minute rides and allows riders to leave their bikes outside of the hubs with no fee. There is a limited number of Founder’s Passes available.
For more information on START Bike, visit www.startbikejh.com and download the BCycle app in the App Store or Google Play Store.
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ABOUT THE TOWN OF JACKSON. The Town of Jackson is located in the northwest section of Wyoming. It was named in 1894 and officially incorporated in 1914. Jackson has a population of 9,577 and is the county seat of Teton County. It sits at an elevation of 6,237 feet above sea level and serves as the gateway into Grand Teton National Park.
ABOUT FRIENDS OF PATHWAYS. Friends of Pathways is the community advocate for access to sustainable transportation and healthy recreation in Jackson Hole.
ABOUT BCYCLE. Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, BCycle develops and delivers best-in-class bike share systems worldwide, and is committed to providing an environmentally sustainable transportation alternative for cities. BCycle has successfully launched more bike sharing systems in the United States than any other company, and has done so on time and under budget with bike share systems that are secure, reliable and scalable. For more information, visit www.bcycle.com.