Center for Community Transportation Launches New Ithaca Bikeshare | Ithaca
VSenter for community transportation launches new Ithaca bike sharing
The Center for Community Transportation (CCT) today announced that it will launch Ithaca’s first community-owned, nonprofit, community-operated bikeshare on Wednesday, 9/11, launching the first set of without dock e-bikes at locations all over the Town. The launch marks the long-awaited return of bike share after the departure of the popular Lime bike share in early 2020, which left Ithaca due to industry trends and the pandemic. Launch plans for the new Ithaca Bikeshare were finalized with the unanimous Common Council vote last Wednesday evening to approve the City’s Memorandum of Understanding with CCT.
The bikes, purchased from Drop Mobility, are Class 1 pedal-assist e-bikes with a maximum assist speed of 16 mph, and can be unlocked using the Ithaca Bikeshare app downloaded from the Apple Store, the Play Store or the ithacabikeshare.org website. Pricing is designed to be affordable with several different plan options, including monthly and annual subscriptions, and a discounted rate is available through the GO ITHACA Easy access program. The without dock electric bikes can be parked in the public right-of-way of the lawn/furniture area – between the sidewalk and the curb – and at the ends (but not in) of the bike racks. The program will also offer a $1 credit to encourage people to return bikes to selected locations.who will be visible on the app at the end of their run.
“A lot of time and energy has gone into making Ithaca Bikeshare possible,” said I f Good markdirector of TCC Micromobility. “I would like to thank everyone for their contribution to its realization. I am personally delighted with the return of self-service bicycles because this program brings a lot needed an affordable, alternative and sustainable means of transport so that everyone could use it. Ithaca is focused on the Green New Deal and carbon reductions at all levels and Ithaca Bikeshare fits perfectly into this idea.
Laura Lewis, Acting Mayor of the City of Ithaca said, “It is our hope and intention that bike sharing will add another safe and affordable multimodal transportation option for residents, reduce traffic congestion and maximize carbon-free mobility. I’m very happy with it Town was able to work with CCT to bring back this important transportation option.
“This program helps Downtown and the city as a whole to be an economically vibrant place where everyone can better access jobs, recreation and business opportunities without always having to rely on a car,” said Tom Knipe, Director of Economic Development for the City of Ithaca. “Thank you CCT for bringing the bike share back to Ithaca”.
“The The Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council’s (ITCTC) long-range plan recognizes the need to provide multiple transportation options to the community to reduce car dependency and the environmental, financial, and safety costs that are associated with it,” said Fernando de Aragon, ITCTC Executive Director. “Well over 50% of all trips in the Ithaca area are less than two miles in length. Bicycling has great potential to benefit residents and visitors, and Ithaca Bikeshare will bring those benefits home.
“GO ITHACA is thrilled with the long-awaited return of bike share to our community. Our members have been asking us for a bike share program since Lime Bike left, and we are thrilled to now be able to offer them a program that will be community-led and community-focused. We will now be able to offer more options to help our members get around Ithaca in a sustainable and affordable way. We are excited to build our partnership with Ithaca Bikeshare and d ‘bring its benefits to our members,’ said Jane Bowman –milfDirector of GOThaca.
“We wholeheartedly support Ithaca Bikeshare as an important piece of the puzzle of ride a bike For transport accessible to people of all ages, abilities and income levels. We look forward to partnering with This program and with the Town on other pieces of the puzzle, such as protected road infrastructure for cycling,” said Margaret Johnson, Director of Bike Walk Tompkins.
The City of Ithaca has allocated $50,000 of its 2022 American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the purchase of bike share. Additionally, $140,000 has already been raised from private sources to make this launch possible. CCT is seeking to raise a total of $750,000 through a mix of public, private and philanthropic contributions to purchase a total of 350 bicycles and initial equipment, to serve most of Ithaca City. Donations supplement user-based revenue and support operations and outreach. CCT plans to increase the size of the bike-share fleet in preparation for a fuller launch in spring 2023. Meanwhile, a small number of bike-shares will remain available throughout the winter . Small individual donations from community members are welcome. To donate to Ithaca Bikeshare, click here: https://donorbox.org/community-bike-share.
The Center for Community Transportation (CCT) is a non-profit organization whose vision is to create “a community where shared and active transportation trips are healthy, safe, affordable and convenient for everyone”. CCT works with local transportation providers, educators, planners, policymakers, advocates, and users to fulfill its mission to improve transportation access in the community while reducing the negative environmental and economic impacts of transportation. CCT’s mission-driven services and activities include Carpool Ithaca, Tompkins Bike Ride (and his signature program StreetsAlive! Ithaca), Back homeand now Ithaca Bikeshare.
After information About Ithaca Bikeshare can be found by downloading the Ithaca Bikeshare app or visiting the website at https://ithacabikeshare.org.