Albuquerque to test out first Bike Share Project
(Albuquerque, NM) – Residents of Albuquerque could see the city’s first bike share program by the Spring thanks to the collective efforts of The DowntownABQ Main Street Initiative, the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) and the City of Albuquerque. Albuquerque Bike Share- or BICI (pronounced “BEE-see”) - is working with bike sharing leader Zagster to provide 35-50 bicycles that can be shared by residents and visitors - initially within the downtown area.
"This is a very cool new feature for Downtown Albuquerque. This promotes convenience, fitness, and the overall livelihood of our city”, says Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque.
“We’re honored to have been selected by the DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative, the Mid-Region Council of Governments and the City of Albuquerque to bring bike sharing to the residents of Albuquerque,” said Tim Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster. “Our next generation model for bike sharing enables cities like Albuquerque to quickly launch services at a fraction of the cost of other models, giving managers real-world data and experiences that will help us expand the program in the coming months and years.”
BICI will utilize an innovative low-cost model designed to expand as interest grows and additional resources become available. Cities around the world are using bike sharing programs to make bicycling a mainstream form of transportation for everyone from novices to experienced riders. Bike share trips are typically short in distance and a brief amount of time, but can also be used for longer recreational rides.
“With more than 300 days of sunshine, and a growing network of business and retail, downtown Albuquerque is the prime location for the state’s very first pilot bike share program,” said Dewey Cave, MRCOG Executive Director. “Bike sharing improves access to businesses and promotes healthy lifestyle options for visitors and local users.”
To rent a bike, riders simply log-in to their account, enter the unique ID number of the bike they wish to use and the app provides an access code for the lock box mounted on the back. Riders can use the code of their rental to lock and unlock the bike anywhere along their trip. Once the bike is returned to the Zagster station, the touch of a button ends the rental and releases the bike for the next rider.
Zagster features the Breezer Uptown, an award-winning bike known for its lightweight, yet durable construction, specifically designed for city riding. Bikes come with spacious baskets perfect for groceries, take out, or any number of other items. Each bicycle has an attached lock allowing riders the convenience to park most anywhere they’d like.
Plans are currently underway on station site selection for the pilot program, which is being funded through a hybrid approach by a PNM grant, local private sponsorship and support from the City of Albuquerque. The BICI pilot program will run for one year, but has the potential to continue and expand because the City/County recently applied for grant funding for a city-wide bike share.
Although BICI is in the initial stages of planning, an official launch is planned for May 15th – this year’s date for the annual Bike to Work Day. For more information, please visit: http://www.abqmainstreet.org/bici/
Contact: Augusta Meyers, MRCOG, (505) 239-8612, [email protected]
Current Bike Share Pilot Project Sponsor List
- City of Albuquerque
- Historic District Improvement Company
- SMG for the Albuquerque Convention Center
- Silver Moon Apartments
- Vital Foods
- Tractor Brewery- Wells Park