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Future Bike Program Could Take Ozark Cyclist for a Spin

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Its called the future of bicycling and Springfield is doing what it can to keep up as the sport and hobby increases. But first, they have to make sure they're ready to hit the pavement running when it comes.
A lot of trips are really effective by walking and a lot of them are just beyond walking distance and are effective by bicycle.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Its called the future of bicycling and Springfield is doing what it can to keep up as the sport and hobby increases.

But first, they have to make sure they're ready to hit the pavement running when it comes.

KOLR 10’s Brett Martin found out what needs to be done on the city streets.

This program is taking the bicycle world for a spin. It is called Bike Sharing and it helps riders go from one place to another by renting a bike with a credit card. Before the city brings this to our community, they plan to make sure riders are safe on the road.

For Jordan Sembler, his bike is the only way he gets around town. 

"I bike every day, commute all year round and ride for fun when I have time, also."

He says when it comes transportation two wheels are better than four.

"Its going to be much healthier, much more cost effective for the most part, you know, saving money on gas," says Sembler.

A new program could make it easier for anyone who wants to bike.

"Bicycles would be available at stations scattered around town," says David Hutchison.

David Hutchison is a pedestrian and bicycle engineer with Springfield Public Works and says bike sharing is a step towards a big goal of total mobility.

"Being able to get around any way that you want to get around."

He says 65 miles across the city are considered bike routes and they continue to add more.

"We are also working on the link which is an accessible route on low speed, low volume routes."

The Link connects green way trails to routes in town and with the bike share program those routes would be much busier for riders.

"A lot of trips are really effective by walking and a lot of them are just beyond walking distance and are effective by bicycle."

David says as bicycling becomes more popular especially around the college campuses, the city is doing what they can to make it safe too.

"We want to have the facilities there so that people feel safe and they feel accommodated by our city streets."

For riders like Jordan, that's something he hopes to see all across Springfield.

"I feel like bike lanes need to be on big main streets and on some of the safer side streets, places where its more difficult to bike."

In some cities like Kansas City and New York, the amount charged is based on the distance between the two stations. He says it differs as to where the money goes but most pay for the equipment and there is not a profit.

Hutchison says this is in its very earliest stages but it is the future for cities where the population and the interest is growing.


 

 

 

 
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