Bike share gets cash


The Great Bike Hope. It happened. Or at least it will happen soon. Word came to CP this morning that the bike share system we featured in a news story a couple weeks ago received federal funding. Folks in the city: get ready to ride.

Here are excerpts from the press release:

State-of-the-art U of M bike center and 1,000 bike sharing program receive Bike Walk Twin Cities federal grants

Two innovative bicycling projects -- a new U of M Bike Center with a first-of-its-kind rider frequency program and a 1,000 bike sharing program in Minneapolis -- are among the more than $4 million worth of biking and walking improvements which will be announced by Tuesday by Bike Walk Twin Cities, a federally-funded initiative to increase biking and walking and reduce driving in Minneapolis and neighboring communities.

Mayor R.T. Rybak and U of M President Robert Bruininks will host a press conference tomorrow detailing the programs and hamming it up for free publicity.

On display will be renderings of the state-of-the-art U of M Bike Center, a demonstration Bike Share security bike and more information on the U of M's pioneering "Radio Frequency ID" (RFID) technology. The RFID system, set to be implemented for the first time ever at the U of M, effectively solves the longstanding problem of bicycle commute trip validation.

The bike share program plans to launch in summer of 2010.