Fort Worth Bike Sharing wins grant to expand network, add bikes

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Fort Worth Bike Sharing won a $554,610 Texas Transportation Department grant to add 10 bike stations and 100 bikes, officials announced this week.

The nonprofit Fort Worth Bike Sharing, launched in April on a $1 million Federal Transit Administration grant, has 30 stations and 300 bikes.

The Stockyards and the Trinity Trails system between Trinity Park and north Fort Worth are among the potential spots for new stations, said Kristen Camareno, the program’s executive director.

The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau has recommended the Stockyards as a potentially strong market, and the Trinity Park station near the Phyllis Tilley Bridge has continued to be the surprisingly most-used station in the network, Camareno said.

The Panther Pavilion and new Coyote Drive-In have been raised as potential station locations along the river between Trinity Park and the Stockyards, Camareo said.

Fort Worth Bike Sharing will examine its network for other holes and potential expansion spots, she said.

Using the remainder of the FTA grant, Fort Worth Bike Sharing will install four to six more stations in September.

Locations for four of the stations: Museum Place, West Seventh Street and Barden Street, sponsored by Museum Place Development; Burnett Park, West Seventh and Burnett; Main Street and Weatherford; and West Berry Street and Cockrell Avenue.

The Museum Place expands the Cultural District map; the Burnett Plaza location was sought by employees in the tower and of the nearby Bank of America and Cantey Hanger law firm; the Main and Weatherford spot will be in the middle of the county government complex; and the West Berry Street site will be the second TCU location, Camareno said.

Fort Worth Bike Sharing has been working to pitch TCU on several stations; the other station is at University and West Cantey Street near the dorms on the north side of the campus. University-area users have been using the bikes to connect with stations on the Near South Side, she said.

“TCU has been an an outlier until now,” Camareno said. The new station will be close to the restaurants and stores on the southeast side of the campus.

“We feel it will be heavily used,” she said.

Through Monday, Fort Worth Bike Sharing users logged 10,526 trips and more than 40,000 miles, Camareno said.

Users have bought 344 annual memberships for $80 apiece, and 4,565 24-hour passes at $8 apiece.

Once a user has checked out a bike at a station, the first 30 minutes are free. After that, users must check the bike back in at a station, or extra usage fees kick in — $1.50 for the next 30 minutes and $3 for each extra 30 minutes after that.

The system is aimed at people who want to go on quick errands. As public transit gains in usage, bike sharing is viewed as filling in the “last mile” of a commute between bus and train stations and the user’s final destination.

The $1,100 durable high-tech bikes are made for bike-sharing networks and come with onboard GPS, heavy-duty baskets, lights and city tires. To resist vandalism, seat posts can’t be pulled out, and all mechanisms such as gears are covered.

Scott Nishimura, (817) 390-7808 Twitter: @JScottNishimura

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