Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that bike racks have been installed on all StarTran buses, and StarTran is offering free fares in April to all those who use the new "Bike and Bus" program. The $140,000 project was paid for with federal stimulus funds.
"StarTran ridership is up 10 percent since last fall, and we expect this bike and bus option to further increase the use of our transit system," Mayor Beutler said. "The bicycling community is very excited about this new travel option, and the program is one more important step in making Lincoln a more bike-friendly community."
The racks are mounted on the fronts of the buses and each will hold two standard bicycles. They will be available year-round on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bikes are not allowed inside StarTran buses. Patrons are responsible for loading and unloading their bikes. A brochure showing the loading and unloading procedures is available at StarTran, 710 "J" Street, local bicycle shops and online at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: bike and bus). A video showing the procedures also is available through video-on-demand at 5 CITY-TV.
"The bike racks are very easy to operate," said Larry Worth, StarTran Transit Manager. "We have had many requests for these racks the last few years, and we expect them to be very popular. Using Bike and Bus is good for your budget, good for the environment and good for your health."
The public is invited to try the new bike racks at these events:
The public also is invited to take a brief online Bike and Bus survey at startran.lincoln.ne.gov. Those who complete the survey are eligible to win prizes, including a new bike. Cycle Works/Moose's Tooth is the prize sponsor.
In February, Lincoln was selected as one of America's Top 15 Smartest Cities For Transit Innovation based on public transit availability and use; household automobile ownership and use; and innovative, sustainable and affordable transportation programs. Worth said recent innovations include:
The public is encouraged to donate new items for the Friendship Home during StarTran's annual Stuff the Bus event April 15 through 17 at all Walmart stores and Sam's Club. StarTran also will offer the Big Red Express service to and from the Husker spring football game April 16 at two locations — SouthPointe Pavilions and North Star High School.
More information on StarTran is available by visiting startran.lincoln.ne.gov or calling 476-1234.