Bismarck Parks Launches Bike Share Program | Local News for Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota

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Bismarck Parks and Recreation is launching a bike share program.

The BisParks BCycle program kicks off Tuesday with a public event at the Sertoma Park Bike Station at 300 Riverside Park Road between Sweet Avenue and Bowen Avenue.

“We are excited to launch it this fall to give visitors and citizens the opportunity to have this service,” said Bismarck Parks Executive Director Kevin Klipfel.

The BCycle program will allow users to rent a bike from one of four kiosks, at Sertoma Park, Pioneer Park, Peace Park and BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center. Rides will cost $5 for the first hour and 7 cents for each additional minute until the bike is returned to a kiosk. Users must be 18 or older to rent a bike.

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Users rent bikes using a touch screen at the kiosk that guides them through the process. A maximum of six bikes can be rented at a time with the same credit card. The program does not accept cash.

Another option is for users to create an account by downloading the BCycle app to their phone.

Bicycles can be rented until 3 p.m., between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Users must pay a missing bike fee if a bike is not returned within 24 hours. The fee covers the cost of the bike.

The bikes are classic pedal bikes and can be used on any shared-use trail in town.

A Bismarck-Mandan chamber leadership group has been working to launch a bike-sharing program since 2020. The park district purchased 50 bikes, along with kiosks and docking stations, in December 2021 from Great Rides, a former bike-sharing program started by students at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Many bicycles had been in storage since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fargo program has hosted more than 450,000 rides in five seasons, according to the Great Rides website. The program was discontinued after the NDSU student government and Great Rides decided the project no longer made sense for the campus.

The Bismarck program will be available until the fall. Its first full season of operation will begin once the snow has completely melted next spring.

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