A bicycle sharing program planned for downtown Toledo is back on track after a delay.
Funding is through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) with TMACOG-managed funds. Metroparks Toledo is the sponsor and will manage the implementation of the grant. Plans call for a fleet of 100 bikes distributed among 18 stations. There will also be 150 smart technology bike racks. The price to borrow a bike will vary with incentive-based user pricing. The bikes are 3- or 8-speed models on a step-through frame with built-in keypads that will lock and unlock the bikes. GPS systems will track where the bikes are within the system. TARTA will be in charge of bike maintenance and moving bikes around to keep the stations stocked.
All the planned stations are within a rough box bounded by the Amtrak station and Middlegrounds Metropark to the south, the Toledo Museum of Art to the west, One Government Center to the north, and three locations on the east side of the Maumee River.
The Metroparks have requested proposals and will start evaluation of them in March. After a contract is approved, bikes will be ordered, racks and technology installed and tested. The tentative plan calls for the system to be operational by fall of 2018.