A bike-sharing program for Fort Worth, my hometown, took a big step toward reality today with the announcement that the U.S. Transportation Department will provide nearly $1 million to help fund it.
The federal money, $941,728 to be exact, will go to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, called The T, to make bicycles available for anyone to rent at public racks placed around the city, said a story posted on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website.
“The plan calls for about 300 bikes and 30 bike stations in locations like downtown, the hospital district and TCU on the south, to the Stockyards on the north, and the West Seventh Street corridor on the west to Texas Wesleyan University on the east,” said the Star-Telegram story.
Dick Ruddell, chief executive of The T, said the program would be in place by April.
The T set aside $100,000 as a local match when it applied for the grant earlier this year, the paper reported. It has raised $260,000 in sponsorship.
San Antonio became the first Texas city to implement a modern bike-sharing program on March 26, 2011. Houston followed suit on May 2 of this year, and Austin is considering such a program.
In another step toward making Fort Worth more bicycle-friendly, the city launched a program today to put down bright-green-painted bike lanes at intersections, or other heavily trafficked areas where motorists cross bike lanes.