Healthy Mobility: Implementing Bike Share in Louisville
Friday, September 29, 2017
noon - 1:30 p.m. EDT
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In May 2017, Louisville launched LouVelo, the city and state’s first public bike share system. The launch was five years in the making and took a combination of federal and state support along with a public-private partnership to implement the system.
Bicycle sharing is a service in which public bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short term basis. Bicycles are geared for transportation: to get to and from work, and for leisure and recreational trips. Bike share allows users to take one way trips within the network, and complements other forms of public transportation by serving as a “last mile” connection between a transit stop and final destination.
Bike sharing is truly transformative. Relative to its cost, bike sharing brings an overwhelming number of benefits. This section provides a summary of some of the financial, health, environmental, and transportation / mobility benefits of bike sharing.
The LouVelo bike share system has 305 bicycles and 27 stations. In just two months, there have been more than 3,000 on LouVelo bikes. Due to the success, Louisville is looking to expand the system into the adjacent downtown neighborhoods.
Attendees will learn about the steps Louisville took to plan, implement, fund and sustain the bike share system. Additionally, attendees will hear about how bike share fits into Louisville’s overall multi-modal transportation planning efforts. Finally, the team will speak to the day-to-day operations and what challenges and opportunities exist for the future of bike share in Louisville.
Jeff O'Brien, AICP
Lindsay Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org