Survey: Do St. Louisans want a bike sharing program?

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – You might call these ladies "spokeswomen" for sharing, and on Monday they were on a mission to get St. Louis moving, one bicycle at a time.

'Basically asking folks not only how they might use the bike share, why they might use it, where they might use it,' says Emma Klues, the Communication manager for Great Rivers Greenway.

The first steps to get tires rolling in a bike share system involve asking a lot of questions to find out who might hop on a bike to bounce around the city.

'That's one of the questions that we're trying to answer right now,' says Elizabeth Simons, the assistant project manager for Great Rivers Greenway. 'So as part of our business plan, we're going to be looking potential owners and operators of the system.'

Today both Elizabeth Simons and Emma Klues were pounding the pavement using pedal power to show what to expect with a share program in the Show-Me state.

'A bike share system is a little different than a bike rental,' says Klues. 'A bike share system is meant to be for short trips usually about a half hour so the stations are close together.'

Currently 30 North American cities have bike share programs that cost from a dollar to ten dollars a day for residents and tourists to get around town in places like New York, Chicago and Kansas City.

'If Kansas City can do this, surely St. Louis,' says Simons. 'The competition is definitely there between the two cities so yeah that's definitely an added driving force for St. Louis to want a bike share system.'

If you're interested you'll have to head to their website to take the survey and find out if St. Louis can share and share alike.


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