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Think Regional/Act Local

Bike Sharing coming to Southeast Michigan

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September 26, 2014 -At SEMCOG’s recent Transportation Coordinating Council (TCC) meeting there were a couple of presentations about “bike sharing.” Ann Arbor’s bike share system was launched this week and Detroit is aiming for launch in 2016. Bike sharing makes bicycles available to individuals for short-term use. The program works by installing bike share stations that include a kiosk for payment and several bikes. You get a bike at a station, ride it to where you want to go, and return it at any station.


View the above slide from the TCC meeting.


There are multiple benefits to be gained from bike sharing, from reducing congestion and air pollution to encouraging healthy activity. Bike share is also important for attracting and retaining talent, particularly young professionals who are less interested in driving and owning a vehicle than they are in living in vibrant, walkable urban areas. There can even be economic benefits – in other cities with bike share programs, businesses are requesting that bike share stations be placed in their neighborhood.


One potential funding source for establishing a bike share program is SEMCOG’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).


Find out more about the Ann Arbor system and stay tuned for the Detroit launch coming in 2016!




Amy has been with SEMCOG for over 20 years. Much of that time has been spent working the member relations beat. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring SEMCOG member communities are represented on SEMCOG's General Assembly, that these local officials are aware of SEMCOG benefits, and that they know how to access the benefits. She oversees the processes that govern the organization and assists members in participating on SEMCOG governing bodies. Amy has a Master's degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

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