Late last year, we told you about Louisville’s planned Bike Share system that was supposed to launch this summer. We were excited about the plan to bring 300 bikes to the core city, from Downtown to the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus, and its ability to boost the Louisville’s pedal-friendly outlook. But like a lot of things, Louisville’s bike share ambitions have hit a delay.
According to a report by WFPL’s Jacob Ryan, the city is behind schedule in determining the bike share docking stations and finding a sponsor for the program. About $1.6 million from a federal grant, the city, and the University of Louisville will pay for the system, and user fees ($3 to $7 daily, among other rates) will help offset operating costs. Still, a corporate sponsor is required to get the program off and rolling.
“Either it be coordinating with our utility companies with regards to the station locations, traffic management plans, right-of-way certifications, making sure we don’t need any encroachment permits from the state,” Rolf Eisinger, bike and pedestrian coordinator with Metro Louisville’s Bike Louisville, told WFPL. The latest timeline calls for a bike share rollout in 2016, so stay tuned.