That's what I thought too. Shouldn't it be by NW 4th St and US1? A location by Cheesecake Factory would have been wonderful...Two things: 1) Whole Foods station seems weird (currently in the wrong spot on the map)? It's pretty far from all the other stations, plus 6 lane 45mph Federal Hwy isn't the best place to be biking, IMO. 2) Wonder why Las Olas Blvd wasn't chosen.
Broward launches public bike-sharing program
Riders rent bikes for short rides
By Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel
9:12 p.m. EST, December 14, 2011
Public transportation just got really simple in Broward – it's two wheels and a place to sit. You bring the motor.
The county's mass bicycle-sharing system launched Wednesday, offering a new way to get around without driving, riding a gas-gulping bus or walking.
The county and seven cities — Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek, Dania Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Hallandale — have been working for a year with the company B-cycle to reach Wednesday's launch, changing city sign laws, getting permission from state, county or city governments to use public land for the bike stations, and hiring employees
Twenty bike stations with 200 bikes in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach are open for use now, with plans for more than 500 bikes at 39 stations in all seven cities.
Broward Commissioner Kristin Jacobs said the system is the first countywide operation in the United States. She asked a crowd at Wednesday's launching celebration which American city they thought had the most bike riders. Portland, someone asked? Minneapolis, she answered.
But in Minneapolis on Wednesday, it was 37 degrees. In Fort Lauderdale, the crowd sat listening to Jacobs in short sleeves, outdoors.
"This is absolutely the best place to ride a bike,'' Jacobs said. "Far better than Minneapolis and even better than Portland."
Cities across the country have embraced the bike-sharing systems, attempting to capture the bike-riding spirit of places like Paris. In South Florida, Miami Beach is ahead of Broward, with a mass bike-sharing system already in place there. Officials in Delray Beach are interested in launching one as well.
Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Tom Green said he and his colleagues talked Tuesday about bike sharing.
"I want one of these in Wilton Manors,'' he said, citing his city's "walkability."
The county's transportation director, Chris Walton, said he predicts an expansion.
"We've had a number of inquiries from practically every city in the county,'' he said.
Here's how the Broward system works: Sign up for a $45 one-year membership, for the most economical option. Members pay no charge for the first half hour, and $1 for the following half hour. Prices get steeper the longer you keep the bike, with a maximum of $65. Your credit card is debited after you swipe your B-cycle card at the bike station.
Ride it to another bike station and leave it there, or use the lock attached to the bike to leave it while you run into the market or grab lunch.
A rider who doesn't sign up for the annual membership pays substantially higher rates, with $5 as the base rate, 50 cents for the first half hour, and $3 for every additional half hour. Under that rate structure, a person testing out the bikes would pay $8.50 to ride the bike to lunch for an hour.
Weekly passes are similar, but with a $25 base rate.
B-cycle President Bob Burns said riders who sign up for an annual membership on Thursday will get $10 off, using a coupon code on the company's website, broward.bcycle.com.
Friday, using the website groupon.com, memberships will be half price. Beyond then, the $10 coupon is available.
South Florida is not known for being particularly pedestrian and bike-rider friendly.
I agree with you. Saturday I drove by it and realized the same thing. I'll have to ride a bike there and see how it really goes. That intersection of Andrews Ave and Dixie Hwy will be interesting; dunno really if it's going to cross and enter FAT Village first and then back to the street parallel to the RR tracks or what 'cause they dont have the minimum ROW (I think is 25') from the tracks... will see...Phase I looks pretty nice, although I think the path is too narrow. It will be interesting to see how Phase II in constructed with interaction with more intersections and buildings.
Had to look this one up to understand what you meant! :lol: Found a pic of it onlineIntersection of Las Olas & 9th Ave and Las Olas & 8th Ave has an "all walk" signals. Says trial on the sign. Witnessed it at 9th Ave tonight during dinner. Seemed to work pretty well, hopefully it stays.