Roanoke's bike share program nears launch date

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) The bikes and parts have arrived for Roanoke's bike share program, and now it's time to put them all together.

The target date is the end of this month. All the maintenance and assembly is being done locally which keeps money here.

This is a huge milestone for a program that people are very excited about.

"I think it shows a real change, a watershed moment, in what kind of community Roanoke has become," said Jeremy Holmes, RIDE Solutions Director.

The pallets arrived this week for Roanoke's bike share.
Now the countdown is on until they roll out in just a few weeks.

"We've raised all the money, we've located all the stations, we've set the rates and now we're in the process of actually putting the hardware together and getting the stations out into the community so people can see them in action," said Jeremy Holmes.

It's as easy as riding a bike, except when you're the one putting them together.

"It takes about 45 minutes to assemble each bike and then we will go back and take about 15 minutes to do the electronics for the wiring for the lighting system for each bicycle," said Jim Ferguson, Bike Share mechanic.

50 bikes will spread around ten stations through the city.
Locations are based on need and top choice goes to those who bought into this mostly privately funded project.

You can choose an annual or a one-time charge.
All that's left now is to complete this part of the puzzle.

"We hope it's going to bring a lot of people who have looked at Roanoke before and will come to the community because this is an amenity we will be able to offer," said Jeremy Holmes, RIDE Solutions Director.

The pricing structure is $40 a year for unlimited, 1 hour, station-to-station trips/$30 student rate; additional hours at the rate of $3 an hour. Or, straight hourly rentals at $3/hour with a 4-hour cap.

To see all the Bikeshare stations, visit https://multiplottr.com/?map_id=119153.