Group seeks help funding bike share sites
by: Brian Sharp
When the city of Rochester’s new bike share program kicks off this spring, a local nonprofit wants to make sure some of the bike pickup and drop-off spots are located in impoverished neighborhoods on the northern edge of downtown.
To that end, Reconnect Rochester has launched an online crowdfunding effort to cover the required sponsorship of as many as five sites.
The city sought proposals for a bike share program, selecting Zagster, with its plan to place 25 or more stations and/or 250 bikes throughout downtown and the surrounding area. But the city is not funding the bike share, so community and corporate sponsors are being sought to cover the $9,000 expense per station, per year.
Reconnect Rochester has targeted sites in locations that it fears might otherwise be overlooked, including the Upper Falls/Amtrak Station and South Marketview Heights/Public Market areas. To contribute, go to crowdrise.com/rochester-bike-share.