Today, the Detroit Downtown Partnership (DDP) and the City of Detroit announced the selection of Shift Transit to provide 420 bikes and 42 stations for Detroit’s first public bike share system. Set to launch in Spring 2017, Detroit Bike Share will provide short-term bike rental through a network of wireless, solar-powered kiosks located throughout greater Downtown Detroit.
“We are excited to announce the selection of Shift Transit as our partner in bringing bike share to Detroit,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, executive director of Detroit Bike Share, an affiliate of DDP. “Bikes are a convenient, affordable and fun way to connect people to jobs, school, services and recreational opportunities, and Detroit Bike Share will increase the number of options for people to get where they need to go,” she said.
Shift Transit was selected through a competitive bid process by a team of representatives from the City of Detroit and DDP. In addition to its award-winning bicycle design, competitive price and value, and ability to integrate with multiple modes of transit, Shift Transit’s team was chosen for its years of experience launching and managing some of the largest and most successful bike share programs in North America. Shift Transit will provide Detroit with the equipment and technology from world class leader PBSC Urban Solutions’ family of products. The contract with Shift Transit was approved by the Detroit City Council on Friday, July 22.
“We are one step closer in providing another option for Detroiters and visitors to make their way around the city,” said Dan Dirks, Director of the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT). “Bike share will help expand the reach of not only DDOT’s services, but other transit modes as well.”
Specific station locations for Detroit Bike Share have not been determined. Starting this fall, there will be several opportunities for residents, business owners, property owners, visitors, and other stakeholders to provide input on station locations, as well as membership and pricing options. Stations will be located in proximity to other transit such as DDOT and SMART bus stops, the Detroit People Mover and the QLine to increase the reach of these systems and enable people to travel farther using public transit.