Is There Bikeshare Potential in Royal Oak?

The Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board will examine ways to bring a bikeshare program to town on Dec. 11.

Would you support bikeshare in Royal Oak? Credit: Patch file photo
Would you support bikeshare in Royal Oak? Credit: Patch file photo
Bicycle sharing stands are popping up in major cities around the globe. Should a bikeshare program come to Royal Oak, too?

Courtney Gardner, of A2B Bikeshare, will be at the Royal Oak Public Library at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 to explain how Royal Oak could get a bikeshare program. And, Gardner plans to bring one of A2B's unusual-looking bikes with her, too.

"Bikeshare" is an automated, dispersed bike rental network that provides free or low-cost access to bikes for short trips, said Tom Regan, of the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board.

"Bike-sharing is catching on across the country because it is really the most economic way for governments to spend their money and get huge results in transportation space," Ansgar Strother, CEO of A2B Bikeshare, told Lansing's WLNS. Lansing rolled out its bikeshare four months ago.

How it works

Here's how the rent-ride-return program works according to the A2B Bikeshare website:

  • Users find available bikes on their our computer or smartphone with A2B's app, which is available on Droids and iPhones.
  • You then sign in to your account using the bike’s touch-screen console to unlock the bike, or enter your credit card if it’s your first time.
  • Pull the bike out of the rack and begin your ride! The first half hour of each ride is free. Each half hour thereafter is $2.

If you go

  • Wednesday, Dec. 11
  • 7:30 pm
  • Royal Oak Public Library (Friends Auditorium)
  • 222 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067
The meeting is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board.

Patience December 05, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Okay so first the commission wants to ticket people who bike ride on the sidewalks in downtown. Now they want to make sure they have people to ticket. This looks like a failure in the making. First where would you bike to and from? Everything in the downtown area is so close together. Then like I already said there is the ticketing issue. Pedestrians on the sidewalk would get run over, people riding in the street will possibly get run over. Too many variables and situations that could play out that just spell out disaster for this and failure for the city. If the city wants to know how they can improve why don't they go out and ask people how they can improve it?


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