Scottsdale may become next Phoenix-area city to use bike-share program – Arizona News

Scottsdale may become next Phoenix-area city to use bike-share program – Arizona News


Scottsdale is considering launching a bike-share program and becoming the fourth Valley city to do so, but they may not use the popular Grid Bike Share service.

The city would be the fourth in the Valley to implement such a program.

Scottsdale may become the fourth Valley city to adopt a bike-share program.

Unlike other cities that have light-rail stops to complement bicycle rentals, Scottsdale elected leaders have long opposed light rail.

Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa all have contracts with Grid Bike Share and each have bike stations close to light-rail stops. Commuters can rent a bike in one city, hop on light rail to another city and return the bike there.

Scottsdale would bank on tourists for the program’s success.

Paul Basha, Scottsdale transportation director, said city leaders have wanted a bike-share program since 2014. They’re waiting to move forward until construction connecting popular bike trails from the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt to downtown Scottsdale is scheduled, he said.

Possible locations

Among the possible locations for bike stations are:

  • SkySong.
  • The area surrounding McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
  • Downtown Scottsdale.
  • The Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt.

Scottsdale’s reputation as a tourist destination and its expanding downtown make bike-sharing increasingly attractive, Economic Development Director Danielle Casey said.

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