Evansville residents can now make use of 70 bicycles available as part of the city’s new bikesharing program. Upgrade Bike Share is the result of a collaboration among city leaders and high school and college students participating in the University of Evansville’s Changemaker Challenge.
Seven stations throughout the city will have bikes available for anyone over the age of 18 to ride. The city says that network is expected to grow over the next few years.
Teams of students from Memorial High School and Central High School in Evansville each proposed a bikesharing program as part of the Changemaker Challenge. The University of Evansville says those students have been working together on the project leading up to its launch.
"The installation and launch of this program marks the culmination of a collaborative effort between an impressive network of individuals committed to the progress of Evansville," said Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. "High school students, college students, and leaders from city organizations large and small are all on the forefront of making ideas happen, and I continue to be inspired by how great Evansville is and can be."
Evansville joins Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Westfield, Terre Haute and Carmel on the list of Indiana cities with bikesharing programs. Massachusetts-based Zagster Inc. is providing the bikeshare system for Evansville and has done the same in Fort Wayne, Westfield and Carmel.
You can learn more about Upgrade Bike Share by clicking here.