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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Mayor,
Baltimore City
250 City Hall - Baltimore Maryland 21202
(410) 396-3835 - Fax: (410) 576-9425


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 08, 2013
 
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Mayor Rawlings-Blake Applauds Approval of Grant Agreement for the Baltimore Bike Share Program 

BALTIMORE, MD. (MAY 8, 2013) – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked the Board of Estimates for approving a grant agreement between the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore that will move the city one step closer to establishing a bike share program. Bike sharing is a public bike rental system used for short distance trips in major metropolitan areas. The Charm City Bikeshare program will be owned by the City of Baltimore and operated by a selected vendor. The program is expected to launch in the spring of 2014.

“We are committed to providing alternative modes of transportation that allow residents and visitors to move freely through the city for work, exercise, or play,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “Making Baltimore a more bike friendly city supports our goal of growing the city by 10,000 families within the decade. I want to thank our partners at the state for their support to establish a successful bike share program in Baltimore City.”

The initial phase of the project will include more than 250 bikes and 25 biking stations located in the downtown, midtown, and southeast areas of the city. The funding approved by today’s grant agreement will enable the city to purchase the bikes and construct the biking stations and infrastructure needed for the program.

In Baltimore, cycling is a growing form of alternative transportation, and the city has worked diligently over the past several years to expand and improve its bicycle infrastructure. The establishment of Baltimore’s bike share program continues to build upon the city’s investments in environmentally friendly transportation systems, including the installation of on-street bike parking in Charles Village and dedicated bike and bus lanes along Pratt and Lombard Streets. In addition, over 100 miles of on-street bikeways have been installed, along with 39 miles of off-street bike trails. The new Charm City Bikeshare program will contribute to an innovative transportation system in the City of Baltimore.
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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor

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