Downtown Orlando now has another transportation option. On January 9, Mayor Buddy Dyer helped launch the Orlando Bike Share program with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Joined by City Commissioners Tony Ortiz and Regina I. Hill, program sponsors OUC and Florida Hospital and bike share company CycleHop, Mayor Dyer officially kicked off the program.
“The Bike Share program will not only provide another transportation option for our residents and visitors, but will also help us to further our efforts as we work toward a more sustainable urban future,” Mayor Dyer said. “Nearly 50 percent of all trips in metropolitan areas are three miles or less, which is a distance easily covered by bicycle and hopefully by Orlando’s Bike Share program.”
Following the ribbon cutting, Mayor Dyer joined about 40 bicyclists for a short ride through Downtown Orlando.
The program increases mobility in the urban core and connects to existing transit, such as LYMMO and SunRail, and provides another affordable transit option. The first phase of Orlando Bike Share includes 20 bicycles at four different locations: OUC Reliable Plaza, Skyhouse, Gertrude’s Walk and Lake Eola Park. An additional 16 stations are planned for the second phase, which will provide 180 more bicycles by the spring.
The bicycles can be picked up and dropped off at different stations or anywhere in Downtown through the use of GPS technology. Additionally this bike share system will allow users, through the free Social Bicycles app, to see where bicycles are located, place a bicycle on hold and rent the bicycle.
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