Bike sharing program presented to city council

Bike sharing program presented to city council

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A bicycle sharing program that has found success on the UNC Wilmington campus could expand across the city.

Following its agenda meeting Monday morning, the Wilmington City Council heard a presentation from the Gotcha Group, which is working in partnership with UNCW Transportation on the Hawks Wheels Bike Share Program.

Citing the popularity of bike riding in the city, the Gotcha Group wanted to gauge the council's interest in bringing the bike sharing program to Wilmington's residents.

The program uses bikes outfitted with a GPS tracking device, which allows the monitoring of the locations of the bikes and how they are being used.

Since starting the program on Jan. 18, the Hawks Wheels program has 599 active users, who have used the bikes more than 6,500 times for a total of more than 4,200 miles. There are 70 bikes and seven stations around campus.

Fees for using the bikes would be determined by the city, and the bikes' design allowed for sponsorship possibilities to help offset costs.

Charleston, SC, is taking part in the bike sharing program and will have 250 bikes and 20 stations across the city.

The council directed city staff to evaluate into the program and bring back recommendations.

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