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Fort Worth leaders don boots to celebrate new bike-share station

Bikes docked at Stockyards Station
Bikes docked at Stockyards Station Star-Telegram

Stockyards Station General Manager Gary Brinkley expected to hop a bike when he got up early Friday.

So he did what came naturally — he put on a pair of jeans and cowboy boots.

Dozens cheered as Brinkley and city leaders including Mayor Betsy Price rode bikes down Exchange Avenue to commemorate the opening of the first bike-share station on the north side.

The effort is sponsored by Fort Worth Bike Sharing, a nonprofit organization in charge of the city’s bike-share system.

“We came to celebrate the Stockyards Station bike-share program,” Brinkley said. “We knew there was a demand here, and we wanted to satisfy the demand.”

Price said: “How much fun to be in Cowtown and to be able to cycle in your cowboy boots?”

Kristen Camareno, executive director of Fort Worth Bike Sharing, said the central city has about 43 stations with 350 B-cycles. The bikes have become ubiquitous over the last two years, city leaders said.

The bike station at the Stockyards Station is powered by solar panels. The installation was made possible by Green Mountain Energy, which operates in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

“It’s right in line with our mission,” said Tony Napolillo, the company’s Sun Club program manager. “We want a cleaner and greener planet.”

Yamil Berard, 817-390-7705

Twitter: @yberard