Backers of Lansing’s new bike share program on Sunday got a glimpse of the solar-equipped two-wheeler they hope will blaze new trails toward a greener future.
A fledgling bicycle share company hopes to get rolling in Lansing in August.
A group of college students have founded a company that will provide bikes for temporary rentals.
Lansing, as the first city in Michigan, will be a proving ground for affordable bike-sharing programs
Until now, bicycle-sharing programs in the United States have been more common in larger cities with a progressive eye toward transportation. Think Denver, Washington and Minneapolis.
Come early August, Lansing is expected to join about 20 other U.S. cities — and become the first in Michigan — to pilot a bike-sharing program.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) – It’s clean, green and good for your health. Riding a bike is a popular way to roll, but what if you don’t have one? A group of University of Michigan students came up with the startup A2B Bikeshare to solve that problem.
"Bike share trips replace car trips. They create healthier people by being active in the community. When you are riding, you aren’t driving saving CO2," said Ansgar Strother.
Friday, May 3 — Come August, Lansing could be the pilot city for a new company that wants to start a community bike-sharing program here.
The Capital Community Bike Share involves 20 shareable bikes for rent throughout Lansing. The process has been two years in the making.
“We’re really excited about it,” said Lynne Martinez, a former state representative from Lansing who gave a presentation on the proposed pilot program today. “Every place I go I am amazed more and more about how many people want to have the opportunity to ride bikes more in the community.”
Ann Arbor-based A2B, a startup company dedicated to bike-sharing programs, would launch its first effort in Lansing. Martinez, who was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council, said the program still needs funding.
Bike sharing programs, designed to make biking affordable and easy in urban environments, have caught on like wildfire in Europe but have been slow to make inroads in America.
The co-founders of A2B Bikeshare think the problem is that no one in the US has found the proper balance between program price and quality.
“We saw a market with issues and we said, ‘we’re engineers at the University of Michigan, we can probably build a better mousetrap,’” co-founder Keith Porter said. “Or in this case, a better bikeshare system.”
A2B BikeShare, from the University of Michigan, tied for 2nd place in the 2013 Clean Energy Venture Challenge. The Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge, now in its fifth year, has provided funding to dozens of student and faculty led teams with great ideas about green energy. The Venture Challenge enables student and faculty led teams to go from an idea to venture launch during a six month program.