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City of Phoenix Set to Expand Grid Bike Share ProgramCity of Phoenix Set to Expand Grid Bike Share Program<div class="ExternalClass50D1D373134B470D9919F585D7832FB6"><p><em>Expansion includes 200 bicycles, 20 stations and 10 payment kiosks.</em></p><p> </p><p>In a move aimed at enhancing Phoenix's multi-modal public transportation system, the Phoenix City Council approved a major expansion for the Grid Bike Share program at the formal council meeting held April 19.</p><p> </p><p>"Great cities have many transportation options, and the success and popularity of Grid shows that residents and visitors love the option of hopping on a bike to get around Central Phoenix," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "Now it's time to go further. Grid Bikes have made us a more livable and sustainable city."</p><p> </p><p>The expansion compliments the program's growing demand and popularity with Phoenix residents and visitors; and the city's on-going commitment to make Phoenix more bicycle-friendly through investments in bicycle infrastructure.</p><p> </p><p>The expansion is slated to take place in late fall and will add 200 bicycles, 20 stations and 10 payment kiosks to the existing system, which currently includes 500 bicycles, 49 stations and one payment kiosk. </p><p> </p><p>"Phoenix's Grid Bike Share program serves as a stand-alone transportation option for short trips," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams who chairs the City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. "Expanding our bike share program compliments expansions in transit and bicycling infrastructure."</p><p> </p><p>The expansion will fill gaps in the existing service area and expand the service area further into those neighborhoods that surround the downtown core. It also will create shorter walkable distances between bike share stations to make the system more convenient to use. The initial locations for the new stations were selected based on crowd-sourced suggestions, technical assessments on system usage patterns, connectivity to transit and proximity to high density activity centers. As part of the expansion, additional bike racks will be added to some of the existing system's most popular stations to accommodate demand.</p><p> </p><p>The expansion will be funded through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration's Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program and matching funds provided by the city's General Fund.</p><p> </p><p>In Phoenix during 2016, there were 47,826 trips taken by 9,927 riders for a total of 81,095 miles; this represents a 29 percent increase in trips and 30 percent increase in total miles from the same period in 2015.</p><p> </p><p>With recent expansion outside of Phoenix Mesa and soon into Tempe Grid Bike Share has become a true regional transportation system.</p><p> </p><p>For more information about Grid Bike Share, visit <a href="http://gridbikes.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">gridbikes.com</span></a>. For the latest updates about the system, follow Grid Bike Share on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/gridbikes"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">@GridBikes</span></a> or like Grid Bike Share on Facebook at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Gridbikes"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">facebook.com/Gridbikes</span></a>.</p></div>4/20/2017 7:00:00 AMMonica Hernandez602-350-8853