St. Louis still looking but not biting on bike-share; some employers stepping up to offer independent bike share | Post-Dispatch

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Dozens of cities, including Kansas City, Denver and Chicago, have public bike-sharing programs.

St. Louis does not. . . .

Great Rivers Greenway spearheaded a feasibility study, released this year, about getting a public bike share in St. Louis that would begin with 540 bikes and expand to 810. . . . A committee has been meeting since this spring to figure out how to make it happen, including finding funding sources, but no entity — nonprofit, governmental, business or otherwise — has stepped up to champion the cause, said Emma Klues, a Great Rivers Greenway spokeswoman. . . .

So local employers are filling that gap on their own . . .

MTM Inc., a medical and transportation management company in Lake Saint Louis, launched a bike-share program Thursday with eight bikes. It’s operated by Zagster, which runs more than 128 bike-share programs in 33 states. . . . The bikes are free to MTM employees and available to nonemployees as well, either through buying monthly or yearly Zagster memberships or renting the bike for $3 an hour.

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MoBikeFed comment: Interesting that there is enough interest in bike share in the St. Louis region that several local employers are offering it on their own . . .

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