The City of Lincoln, UNL students and administration, and community leaders have begun discussions about bike share systems and what that could mean for our community. Over the past year, excitement has grown enough that the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department has researched ways on how to successfully move forward with implementing a bike share system.
Bike Sharing has grown tremendously in the past few years, with systems opening in most of the nation's large to medium sized cities, including Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Many communities view these systems as contemporary urban amenities that play a crucial role in both attracting young professional residents and encouraging economic growth through improved tourist access to businesses and attractions. They can also strengthen a city's public transportation system and encourage healthy lifestyles through active commuting.
The City of Lincoln, applied for and was awarded, a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant in the amount of $600,000. The Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department is anticipating launching the Phase I of the bike share system in 2017 and will host approximately 15 stations/100 bikes. The total anticipated cost is approximately $750,000. The Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department is seeking out partnerships with organizations and businesses interested in station/bike advertising opportunities. If interested in being a bike share sponsor, please review the Bike Share Sponsorship Packet or contact Kellee Van Bruggen by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (402) 441-6363.