Bike-share program coming to Jefferson City July 23 | News Tribune

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After two years of discussions, Jefferson City and Capital Region Medical Center will roll out a bike-share program this month, providing a healthy transportation method and potentially attracting people to the community.

Skinny Labs Inc. DBA Spin will debut a bike-share program in Jefferson City the week of July 23. Bike-share programs allow residents and visitors to rent bicycles placed throughout a city.

Jefferson City would be the second city in Missouri to have a bike-share program, said Amy Schroeder, community relations manager for the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. St. Louis currently is the only city in Missouri with such a program.

MoBikeFed comment: It's exciting to see bike share coming to Jefferson City--which has been working hard to increase the city's bicycle friendliness over the past few years.

The comment about being the "second city in Missouri to have a bike-share program" is a bit out of context. Jefferson City is the second city, after St. Louis, to have the new "dockless" type of bike share system.

However, Kansas City was the first city in the state to have a bike share system. It rolled out in 2012 and has successfully continued and expanded each year.

In addition, some colleges and universities, like the University of Missouri in Columbia and MIssouri Western in St Joseph, and UMKC in Kansas City, have implemented some form of bike share or bicycle check-out for students:

The new dockless bike share programs that have recently come to St Louis an Jefferson City are interesting though: The programs may be sustainable and practical in communities where the docked bike share systems were not feasible.

The dockless bike share roll out in St Louis has been extremely successful so far, and we'll be watching the roll out in Jefferson City with great interest.