The Downtown Partnership announced Thursday the addition of a bicycle-sharing program - to be called PikeCycle - that will allow local residents, tourists and others to pay a small fee to borrow bikes for use in downtown and elsewhere. Bike sharing programs are popular in large metro-areas such as New York and Washington, D.C., college towns and midsize cities.
Downtown Ventures, a nonprofit arm of the Downtown Partnership, is targeting a spring launch for PikeCycle. Kaiser Permanente, the state's largest nonprofit health care provider, will co-sponsor the program, although additional sponsors still are needed to make the project a reality, Edmondson said.
PikeCycle's first phase is expected to serve 46,000 households within three miles of Legacy Loop, the 10-mile trail system that circles downtown. As envisioned, more than 200 bikes and 26 bike stations would be available as part of the program.
Along with area residents, PikeCycle would be available to downtown employees and Colorado College and Pikes Peak Community College students. Tourists increasingly expect to have bike-sharing programs available in cities they visit, Edmondson said.
"We often get calls at the office from out of towners, asking us do you have a bike share program," she said. "We've heard from a lot of people in the community that they've really wanted this for a long time."