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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 15, 2016 11:14 am

Fort Wayne announces bike-share program

Dave Gong | The Journal Gazette

Bike share has come to Fort Wayne, Mayor Tom Henry announced Friday. 

The new program includes 25 bicycles, available at five downtown locations, which riders can check out for local trips. The company providing Fort Wayne's bike share program is Zagster Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"Bike Share is an important step forward in providing more sustainable and healthy transportation options for both our residents and our visitors," said Kate Riordan, the city's active transportation planner. 

Riders can purchase a day pass or or join the program with a monthly or annual membership. Rides for members are free for one hour, then $3 per hour every hour after that. An annual membership costs $60 per year, while a monthly membership is $15.

Bike share stations are located at the Arts Center, 300 E. Main St., at the intersection of Wayne and Calhoun streets, outside the Grand Wayne Center on Jefferson Boulevard and at the Citilink Station on Baker Street. Another station is planned for the University of St. Francis' downtown campus. 

The city has committed $45,000 in Community Economic Development Income Tax funds for two years to get the program off the ground. During that time, Leadership Fort Wayne and city staff will work to secure private sponsors to support the program moving forward. 

Instructions for joining can be found at www.zagster.com/fortwayne or by downloading Zagster's mobile app. 

dgong@jg.net