Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
Phoenix Area to Get Regional Bike Share Program Next Spring
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 02:33 PM
Phoenix's grid system is the inspiration behind the name of its new regional bike share program. But the bike's green color: that's more neon, less cactus.
GR:D -- a.k.a.'Grid' -- is set to launch next year with 500 bikes in Phoenix and another 500 in the neighboring cities of Mesa and Tempe.
"If our region is going to compete globally," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement, "we need Grid to help attract those high-wage employers and bright, educated young workers who want livable cities and multiple transit options.”
Docking stations will be located near transit connections, like Phoenix's light rail system. But it sounds like stations might not be necessary: according to a press release, Grid bikes are equipped with solar-powered, GPA-enabled U-locks that and can be parked not at any bike rack.
Note the lock on back of the bike (image via Facebook)
Our streets aren't just for cars...they're for everyone. We're proud to launch Grid Bike Share! Rolling out soon at http://t.co/2fi2JAeMov— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) October 28, 2013
(That woman to the right of the mayor in the below picture looks awfully familiar.)