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     May 3, 2019      #62-123 PB1

Bike-share program season starts 

Post Bulletin Staff Reports

Rochester’s public bike-sharing program kicked off its 2019 season today.

Through late fall, community members and visitors can access bikes at several location at no cost.

“The hope is that those living in or visiting Rochester will utilize the bikes to explore the over 100 miles of paved trails that our city has to offer,” Kevin Bright, energy and sustainability director for the City of Rochester and the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency, said in a statement announcing the new season.

Bike-sharing locations include:

• Rochester Public Library

• Peace Plaza, near the Experience Rochester Information Kiosk

• Rochester City Hall, through the Parks and Recreation Office

Each location has maps of the city’s bike trails to help residents and visitors explore and navigate the area. Borrowers will be asked to complete a waiver and sign out the bike.

Helmets are also available at each site, and riders are strongly encouraged to use them. Duration of allowed use depends on where the bike is accessed.

Added to this year’s program is an electric cargo bike at the Rochester Public Library location. This electric-assist Rad Power Cargo bike has baskets and bags available for individuals who anticipate carrying cargo, such as grocery or shopping bags.

Bright said adding the cargo bike offers one more healthy and sustainable transportation option to community members.

“Plus it’s a fun way to get people outdoors to see the city,” he added.

The Bike Share Program is offered as a collaboration of the city, library, DMC EDA, Experience Rochester, We Bike Rochester, People’s Food Co-Op, Mayo Clinic and Olmsted County.

Additional details are available at www.rochestermn.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/activities-classes/bike-share.

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