Bike sharing program in Eugene

Feasibility of Bike Share Program to Be Studied

The City of Eugene and Eugene’s Lane Transit District (LTD) will hold an open house on Wednesday, February 12, to review and discuss a recent bike share feasibility study.

The bike share program is designed as alternative transportation option that would provide public bicycles to subscribers. Subscribers would pay a low, set fee, and then could check out bicycles from self-service bike kiosks located throughout the community by swiping membership cards or credit cards. The ideal situation, as envisioned, is for subscribers to use these public bicycles to run errands or make short trips to nearby locations, then return the bikes to the original kiosk or another kiosk location. Additional fees would be assessed for those checking the bikes out for longer than thirty to sixty minutes. Similar programs have been launched successfully in Minnesota.

City officials say that a community bike share program in Lane County could improve the current transit service. A similar bike share program has been proposed for the University of Oregon; upon implementation, the two programs could be linked.

The Toole Design Group has been contracted by the City of Eugene and the LTD to prepare the feasibility study for the proposed bike share program in Eugene. Based in Washington, D.C., Toole Design Group has a satellite office in Seattle, Washington.

The bike share feasibility study open house will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, in Room 114 of the downtown campus of Lane Community College, 101 West 10th Avenue.