We did it.
February 14, 2017
In Spring 2017 the City of Rochester will attempt to launch a Bike Sharing system. The system will be operated by Zagster which aims to place 30-35 bike share stations and a total of 250 bikes throughout downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods.
The City of Rochester IS NOT funding this bike share system so it is up to the community to make sure it gets up and running. Each bike station requires a community or corporate sponsorship of $9,000 in order to be set up and run for 1 year.
Reconnect Rochester, a local 501(c)(3) organization, would like to help fund a number of bike share stations in neighborhoods which might not otherwise be funded by a corporate sponsor.
Our goal is to fund five (5) stations in the neighborhoods along the northern edge of downtown – including Upper Falls / Amtrak Station and South Marketview Heights / Public Market areas (shown on the map in bright green).
If five stations are successfully funded in Upper Falls and South Marketview Heights, we will put any extra money towards “hard-to-fund” bike stations in other areas of the city (shown in light green).
- ALL donors will have their names permanently listed on Reconnect Rochester’s website. We want to recognize YOU for making Rochester Bike Share a reality.
- Donate $20 or more and you'll receive a Bike Rochester N.Y. sticker.
- More perks may be announced later on. Make a donation now to receive updates.
WHY WE'RE DOING THIS:
Because of the economic makeup of our city, certain neighborhoods will have an easier time funding bike share stations than others. Center City and Park Ave for example simply have more businesses that are able to cover the $9,000 per station price of entry.
As an on-demand, sustainable, and healthy mode of transportation, we believe bike sharing helps build strong communities, and we want to make sure it's accessible to as many people as possible. We also want to make sure that important local destinations such as the Public Market and Rochester Intermodal Station have bike share stations nearby.
This crowdfunding campaign allows ordinary citizens to help by making small donations. Reconnect Rochester is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and your donation is tax deductible.
ABOUT BIKE SHARE:
With low-cost options including an hourly pass or an annual membership, residents and visitors can easily pick up a bike at one station and drop it off at another station anywhere within the city’s network. Used together with public transportation (RTS), bike sharing can be a valuable tool to help Rochesterians of all ages get around without a car, save money and keep active. And more people walking and biking in our city will mean more activity at local businesses and ultimately a stronger economy.