Friday, June 29, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Dockless bikes are coming to Miller Meadows-South in Maywood this summer. | Courtesy Forest Preserves of Cook County
The Forest Preserves of Cook County announced on June 26 that it will implement a dockless bikesharing pilot program at 50 locations throughout the Forest Preserves’ 70,000 acres.
Forest Preserves officials said in a statement that the program will include 500 dockless bikes, some of which will be located at Miller Meadow-South, 2199 W. Roosevelt Road in Maywood.
The dockless bikes are currently available in around half of the 50 hubs, with the rest of the hubs to be completed in the next few weeks, officials said.
Forest Preserves officials said that the new dockless technology will make “it even easier to enjoy more than 300 miles of paths and trails.”
They added that the program is the result of a partnership between the Forest Preserves, Bike and Roll Chicago, and HOPR.
To access the bikes, visitors will need to download the HOPR app to their smartphone or tablet. Once the download is installed, users will be able to unlock and re-park bikes from any of the 50 hubs using their phone or tablet.
Rentals cost $2.50 per trip for a 30-minute ride. Users can also purchase a $60 seasonal membership for 90 minutes of ride time each day through November.
Users will be able to rent the bikes by downloading an app. | Courtesy Forest Preserves of Cook County
In the statement, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is also president of the Forest Preserves, lauded he new program.
“Not everyone who comes to the Forest Preserves owns a bike, so this is a great opportunity for Cook County residents and visitors.” Preckwinkle said. “Expanding our bikeshare program is a great way to get more people to enjoy the outdoors and our beautiful trails.”
“We’re proud to work with partners Bike and Roll Chicago and HOPR to provide another low-cost way for families to explore nature and get healthy this summer,” said Forest Preserves of Cook County General Superintendent Arnold Randall. “With this significant expansion of our bike services, we want to encourage more visitors to create their own bike adventure in the Forest Preserves.
Josh Squire, HOPR’s CEO, said that the bikes “will offer another inexpensive, convenient mode of transportation for those short trips or recreational outings.”
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