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.