New Bike Sharing Program Launches at St. Armands Garage

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BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY JAN 29, 2020

Despite the community's mixed feelings about having to pay to park at St. Armands Circle now, The City of Sarasota hopes the launch of its bike sharing pilot program at the new St. Armands parking garage will help residents and visitors enjoy the St. Armands area, even more, with an alternative source of travel the Circle and beach parks. The idea is that it may also encourage more sustainable transportation practices and lessen the demand for street parking on Lido. 

The City announced its partnership with local company I Bike Sarasota, which will operate the bike share service and handle the transactions. “We’re excited to team up with the City of Sarasota to offer a fun and easy way to explore all that St. Armands Circle and Lido Key have to offer,” said I Bike Sarasota owner Bob Nikla.

About 10 cruiser bicycles are now available for hourly, or daily, rental and can be rented via mobile phone from a self-service rental station located near the first-level entrance of the garage. Simply scan the QR code on the chosen bike with the I Bike Sarasota app, or sign the sheet with the bike's designated number and a lock combination will be sent by text and email to unlock. 

“This is a great opportunity to provide another mobility option for people to get around and reduce traffic congestion on St. Armands Circle and the Key,” says Parking Division Manager Mark Lyons. “We’ll be monitoring the success of the pilot program and may look to expand to other City-owned parking garages in downtown Sarasota in the very near future.” 

For questions about bike rentals, contact I Bike Sarasota at 941-376-3368 or visit www.ibikesarasota.com. For other information on the program, contact Parking Division Manager Mark Lyons at 941-263-6477.

Photo courtesy of I Bike Sarasota

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