New bike sharing program launches in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): There is a new way to get around Fort Wayne.

The city launched its first bike share program on Friday, according to the city of Fort Wayne.

The new program includes 25 bikes that are available to checkout at five locations — the Arts Campus, Wayne and Calhoun, St. Francis, the Grand Wayne Center and at the Citilink Station (see the map above).

People wanting to ride can purchase a day pass, a monthly pass or an annual membership. Rides for members are free for the first hour and $3 per hour after that. Monthly memberships can be purchases for $15 and annual memberships are $60. Memberships can be purchased online.

“Hosting a bike sharing system demonstrates that Fort Wayne is a vibrant, healthy and engaged community,” Mayor Tom Henry said. “We’re committed to making Fort Wayne a great place to live, visit and work, and the addition of bike sharing is a great way to enhance our quality of life and keep our community moving in the right direction.”

Fort Wayne has committed $45,000 the past two years in Community Economic Development Income Tax funding to get the program started.

Bike share programs are a growing trend and have launched in several cities across the United States, including Chicago and Indianapolis.

As part of the launch, Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne is hosting a social media contest. The winner gets a year-long membership for free.

Riders are asked to take a selfie on a bike share bike and post the photo on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #fwbikeshare. Selfies must be posted by May 1.

The selfies will be posted on Bicycle Friendly’s Facebook page and residents can vote for their favorite photo. A winner will be chosen from the 10 photos with the most likes by June 15.

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