Bike Share Pilot
After 3 years of research and 2 year of piloting a dock bike share, we recommend a regional, dockless bike share for Northwest Indiana. It is the most equitable option for Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. NWI is an untapped market waiting to burst upon the bike share scene. The Indiana Dunes Lakeshore attracts 3.6 million people per year and has incredibly limited bike access via the train. Additionally, Gov. Holcomb announced his 1 Billion $ infrastructure plan pledge on Sep. 4, 2018, which includes bike trails. Ideally, the regional bike share should be run via a company that does not do the profit-sharing model, be dockless, offer a non-electronic payment option, allow riders under 18 and be willing to work towards becoming universally designed. We need a company dedicated to equitable, active transportation in emerging markets to take a chance on this opportunity.We have been gradually building our accessible bike and equipment lending library with our host site, The Paul H. Douglas Environmental Learning Center. (Please contact them for info on checking out any of the equipment there).