New bike share program pedaling into Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) You’ll be seeing many more bikes downtown.  It’s all in an effort to make it easier to get to all of the attractions in Dayton.

There’s some new pedal power heading to the streets of downtown Dayton. Link is city’s bike share program. Before these bright green bikes hit the pavement community members like Trace Shuttleworth helped put them together.

Trace Shuttleworth says, “They had crews building the bikes and we got to go through and assemble and tighten baskets on the bikes because some of them were too low to fit in the racks so we adjusted the baskets.”

Now more than a hundred bikes are docked and ready roll. Andy Williamson is a former board member of Bike Miami Valley and helped put a study together to bring this link program to Dayton.

Andy Williamson with Bike Miami Valley says, “It’s really about short trips and combining things together. Not taking it out all afternoon though you can do that it’s all about the short trips getting from point A to point B very quickly.”

There are more than twenty stations like this one around Dayton. Swipe your credit card and you can use the bike for free for the first 30 minutes or pay two dollars for an additional 30 minutes. There are also daily, monthly or yearly membership fees. Click here for a list of prices. 

These bikes are really meant for anyone to ride. With a little flip you can adjust the seat quickly. There are also lights on the back for safety and there’s a bell on the front to let people know you’re coming through.

For Trace Shuttleworth sometimes hoping on a bike is much easier than walking around downtown.

“To get from the Schuster Center to the Oregon District on foot can be difficult, but if you can hop on a bike and ride because there is docking stations down there as well why wouldn’t you,” says Shuttleworth.

You can find the bikes around Dayton.  Click here to see a map.

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