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Discussion: Bike Sharing

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Bike sharing is an innovative transportation solution, ideal for short‐distance, point‐to‐point trips. These systems provide users the ability to pick up a bicycle for use within a service area. Some have specific pick up and drop off locations (docks) and some are "dockless," meaning they are picked up and dropped off randomly within the service area. These bicycles have GPS capabilities to monitor use and where they are located. A vendor agreement would ensure bicycles are located within the pre-determined areas.

Topic: Usage

Would you use this service? If so, how frequently?

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Fran Fabrizio 9 months ago

I use the Minneapolis system extensively to make trips around my place of work (U of Minnesota) or from work into downtown or surrounding neighborhoods during the workday for lunch or errands. I would personally likely not have too many reasons to use a system in Edina unless it were integrated with the Minneapolis system, as most of my trips that start or end in Edina cross the border with Minneapolis and I'd want to be able to drop off the bike in Minneapolis. If there were cross-border options and a pickup/dropoff location within a couple of blocks of my house, then I could see myself using this on occasion. However, as an avid biker, I have access to a bike at my house already - so I'm not the target demographic. You should be looking at potential in high-density/apartment areas of town, as well as integrated into recreational destinations (e.g. Nine Mile Creek Trail). I could definitely see myself bringing friends/guests to a trail or park and having them use a bike share while I use my own bike.

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Beck Jacobson 9 months ago

yes, I'd use a bike if I need it. We recently bought used bikes and hope to get on them. Part of getting on, is a clear pathway. My goal would be we connect one all the way from and threw, downtown Mnpls, catching all suburbs with walk or bike, especially around nearby idea Grandview to Valley view, where our new town station is and on to southdale... keep going bikers and walkers.

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B Hans 9 months ago

Without question my family would use the bikes! Short trips from shopping to restaurants, to the movies... There's no shortage of places to go near between France and York and 62 and 494.

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Charles Haff 9 months ago

I would not use this service at all. I own a bike with a bike lock.

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Sarah Franssen 9 months ago

I love using the system in Minneapolis. I think it's a great idea. That being said, I have my bikes in my garage in Edina. We would just use them around here. Still, I'd like to see this program put in place if there are enough people who would use it.

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Stephen Beisang 9 months ago

More designed for high density location. If a person desires two wheel transport bicycles are highly available. Used and new. I would not use this service as I have my own.

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Sean Hayford Oleary 9 months ago

I work off of the Nine Mile Creek Trail by Fred Richards Park and like to work out at Alchemy. It's actually a very easy ride -- trail to Adams Hill Park, up Xerxes, and you're there. If there were a bike share system that covered these areas, I'd use it at least weekly. I would not have much use for bike share at 50th & France personally, but could see a lot of people wanting to take bikes from there to go around Harriet on a nice summer day.

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Claudia Molina Munoz 9 months ago

I probably would only use the service when having guests at home to go on whole-family local outings.

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Andrea Brink 9 months ago

I live in a section of Edina that is not walkable nor"busable". Public transportation is not available for local trips and the neighborhood is not within walking distance of entertainment or shopping. I would appreciate having Bike Share available within a reasonable distance so that I can go for shopping or entertainment Within each quadrant of Edina leave the bike and then pick one up to return home. I think one other consideration should be establishing Local transportation routes it's so that people could leave their neighborhood to go to Southdale or 50th and France or other entertainment or shopping opportunities in Edina. Perhaps these could be smaller buses. It seems odd that I have to walk all the way to Southdale to catch a regularly-scheduled bus or for that matter commuter buses are significant Walk and inconvenient. I do not mind having a park and ride in Edina but I would like it to be similar to the one that's in Eden Prairie where you can park in an enclosed environment and you can wait in a warm enclosed environment for your bus, then board the bus upon arrival. Most commuter bus stops in Edina provide no shelter at all or they're in locations that are high traffic and highly exposed to the elements.

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Todd Schroeder 9 months ago

I love the idea of adding this service, but I would not personally use this very often.

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Jennifer Hennemuth 9 months ago

I personally foresee no reason I would use this service in Edina. I think kids would be more inclined to use this service, but kids aren't going to have credit cards to pay for it, so they would never generally be able to use it either. It doesn't seem to be a worthy investment in my opinion.

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Jeff Lundgren 9 months ago

I think integration with a Minneapolis sceme would be very important as the 50th & France, Linden Hills, Lakes area would be very popular. Also, the density around Centennial Lakes may also support a sceme like this. The parks connection would also be a good idea if they would get used.

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Jeff Lundgren 9 months ago

I should have added that I personally would not use the sceme much as I own my own bike and already cycle around town and the surrounding neighborhoods very often. Having said that, I do support the efforts to make cycling more mainstream in Edina.

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Barb Ryan 9 months ago

I would use this to commute to work from 64th and York to 76th and France. I would also use it to travel from home to Centennial Lakes to walk. It would be nice to be able to team with Richfield so I could take it to Wood Lake!

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Ted Allen 9 months ago

I would use it some. Perhaps most for recreational riding with visitors. If there were safe places in addition to the promenade, around Southdale. I would like it connected to the regional trails. An Edina only program would be much less attractive. We are connected to the entire region.

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Alan Eastlund 9 months ago

I bike extensively, and would most likely use my own bike to get around. That being said, if I were in a pinch I might use a bike sharing system. It seems to me that a shared bike system would work best in an area where there are locations to bike to and from. Using the Southdale area of France Ave as an example, I can't see though that using a bike in that area would be incredibly safe or easy to navigate.I think people's attitudes who are driving need to change towards those who are biking.

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amy frerker 9 months ago

I would absolutely use this service. Unfortunately, our home is not served by buses (closest stop is 1 mike away) and would love to have the option to ride home on a shared bike from MPLS. I also have my own bikes and ride frequently but would love this option as well!

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 9 months ago

Starting in graduate school and through five jobs over more than 25 years, I bike commuted at least two or three days a week, with round trips up to 22 miles.

Serious bike community is quite involved. Having a safe route, having a secure place to store your bike, a place to shower and change clothes, equipment to change flat tire and schedule flexibility as bad weather can slow things down. Such experience is helpful evaluating how well as bike program supports people who want it to get around.

First, most people who bike prefer to ride their own bike. If you think of parents wanting to be with young children, the best option is a bike trailer. I doubt if any bike sharing program offers this service, but it is perfect for the younger demographic. Second, smart riders know it is very unsafe to ride without a helmet. Does the program do anything to promote helmet use? If not, that might be viewed as a little irresponsible on a public safety basic. Third, are the bikes easily adjustable without special tools, as a poorly set up bike is also dangerous. Being tall, I used a bike with a larger frame than 95% of the population. Fourth, the bike is best designed so the rider does catch any clothing in the mechanism or end up being coated with mud. In other words, setting up a system correctly involved careful thought to avoid problems.

When evaluating vendors, you really need bike enthusiasts who know bikes and what it is like to bike in the city. When I started riding in Minneapolis and later in homes in Golden Valley, I made an effort to find good maps that showed good routes and dangerous roads, as well as parks and bike paths would help to lower risk and shorten distances.

The way Edina is set up, there are many roads that are unsafe for riding and crossing. I live near Fairview Southdale in a mini neighborhood with few streets, no continuous sidewalks, no bike paths or parks, and which is bound by the Crosstown, Xerxes, 66th and France. One can only cross the Crosstown at France and Xerxes, two roads that are not safe for biking going north of south, with no real alternative streets. Traffic speeds and volumes on 66th present the same problems.

If it were not for these street-specific issues our high density neighborhood would be perfect for this, as many housing units are not set up for bike storage. In contrast , the places safest for biking have large homes where affording and storing bikes for everyone is easy, but those places are often distant and from the places people want to go.

This is a tool that is part of a comprehensive program of non motorized vehicle transportation. It should focus on people who have the greatest need and make the great use. One reason why Minneapolis and St. Paul have done reasonably well with this us because their residents and workers have a greater need for it, there is a strong, articulate group of serious riders in city and because the city has made serious efforts to rebuild its infrastructure, being willing to offend motorists and business owners who view roads and parking as theirs and not something they are willing to share.

Cities and small towns are built to make it easy for people to get around without a car. Cities like Edina need to be retrofitted to handle bikes as well as cars. Absent of deciding to act like either a city or small town, this will be much harder to achieve here.

I have personally run into this situation before when Edina set up its first city operated community garden. For many years, the project was considered for Yorktown Park by the Southdale Y, but during the Southdale remodel, it wasn’t feasible. When that was done, I wrote the last Park and Rec director to suggest that it was time to move forward. That happened and I was appointed to the working group, the one and only person who had community gardening experience and planned to sign up for a plot. Until we added a second member, a master gardener with lots of community gardening experience, we had many people with private gardens who their stuff, but had steep learning curves about what was needed for a successful community garden.

However city officials, particularly Mayor Hovland, were strong advocates and a wonderful facility was built.

The first couple years were challenged by water issues. I insisted that a reliable water source was needed. Water tanks often were out on weekends, which contributed to poor results, but city last spent the money to correct the problem, as it did to improve drainage problems created by the nearby skate park, poor quality soil by black dirt and tillage and fencing improvements to keep out the rabbits).

I offer this example to suggests that you need to have people who will push hard for quality, reaching a concensus with those who might think it a slam dunk or too hard.

As for me riding, there would have to be bikes located in my high density neighborhood and safe routes provided. In the time I have lived here, there had no evident improvement in getting around or out of our neighborhood. What matters is those who aren’t this - young couples and families who are looking for a livable community raise a family.

For me this is person. My son, an EHS grad, is married to another teacher, lived in NYC for years without a car, both moved to Columbus Ohio with one car. Like his Dad back in the day, he bikes to work. How would he see Edina as a place to live if he were to move back. A whole generation of our kids and grandkids have that option. Does Edina offer what they want? That is a question we should be asking not just of them, but those who are about those who are shortly graduating from high school. Would they want to live in a place like Edina? Do we offer the right stuff? I am guessing that they would say yes to bike sharing, but my guess is not their answer.

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Delpha Harris 8 months ago

Would probably never use it. I don't think these bikers would use helmets unless they are provided with the bikes. Three Rivers has added great bike trails for us but the city does not provide snow removal, it doesn't make sense.

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Delpha Harris 8 months ago

do not support

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Ron Fresquez 8 months ago

I would probably use this service every other week.

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Krisanthy Joy 8 months ago

Absolutely! Back in Edina after living in Chicago and say all the time that I wish we had this available. I would use the service at minimum once a week - it adds such flexibility to transportation, is affordable, provides a little exercise and would allow us to experience our beautiful city and parks in another great way.

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Vivek Krishnamurthy 8 months ago

I may use this service if it is available close to 70th street/MN100....especially in summer...I can use it everyday or every other day since my work place is about a mile from my home.

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Divya Sobti 8 months ago

I think it’s a great idea if the biking system is integrated with Minneapolis green bikes. There are a lot of fun activities one can do without having to worry about parking their cars or bikes.

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Brian Pankratz 8 months ago

This makes no sense and would be a waste of taxpayer dollars. Only location it might fit is in Southdale/Centennial Lakes.

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Sarah Roddis 8 months ago

I would not use this service. It is good for high density, urban areas, not residential suburbs. Taxpayer dollars could be used elsewhere for better benefit.

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Kerry Anderson 8 months ago

I would not use the "service". I sense a grant that would squander taxpayer money. Edina is a suburb not an urban high density community in spite of obvious efforts by our local government to turn Edina into one. If this was a viable area for bike sharing then the for profit company that provides bike sharing in Mpls would already be doing so in Edina.

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deanne miller 8 months ago

I think our resources might be better spend creating safer bike routes along busy corridors -

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Dick Novack 8 months ago

No reason to. There are bikes hanging in my garage and that of every neighbor on my street. True of most of Edina, with some exceptions such as, I imagine, around Cahill, Parklawn and southern Yor.

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Peter Choukalas 8 months ago

I would not be using such a service. I already have a bike, and do not need to rent one. Also, I am not likely to do a ride only in Edina. Maybe we should take note as to how many bikes we actually see being ridden in Edina. Despite attempts by the city, it is not always safe to ride a bike in Edina. Too many drivers who feel that only cars should be on the road. Their view is that cars and bikes can share only if cars stay on the street and bikes stay on the sidewalks..

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Sheila Berube 8 months ago

I like the idea of have bikes available at different locations. I think I’d use them, but need to be realistic that in my case it would be weather dependent

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Kathy Tran 8 months ago

I have my own bike, so I would not use this service. It's a great idea, but you have to consider the cost. Is it going to cost someone $5 to bike to work and $5 to bike home when they could easily get in their car and drive for a fraction of that amount? I think it would only work if people wanted to ride a bike as a leisure activity around Centennial Lakes, but I don't think you want bikes on that path. I'd put my money on bike paths and making Edina more bike friendly.

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angel luther 8 months ago

I think it's a great idea!

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Carol Rogers 8 months ago

Not in Edina. The Minneapolis bikes are great due to the density of the City. I don’t see this as a benefit to Edina.

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Becky Lopez 8 months ago

Do not support. It makes sense in Mpls but not in Edina.

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Hope Melton 8 months ago

I support this idea and would use it. It's difficult for me to manage my own bike--tuneups, repairs, etc. because I can't get it in my car. So I've stopped biking. But would bike again if these bikes were available.

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Bob Kroth 8 months ago

I would love to see this program come to Edina and I would use it. Two thumbs up!

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Michael Nowick 8 months ago

No I would not use this service. I already own a bicycle. I supported adding the bicycle lanes in the city. Unfortunately, I do not see them being used. I frequently travel 54th Street, Wooddale, Valley View. Rarely do I see any bikers. I do see a lot walkers at all times of the day. I think people in Edina prefer to walk rather than ride bicycles.

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Mindy Ahler 8 months ago

Because I have my own bicycle, I'm not sure how often I'd use this service. Where it would be convenient would be from public transit stops to get me home - for example when the new light rail line is built getting from the closest stop to my home. Also near existing trails like the Nine Mile Creek trail and the Promenade so that people don't have to bring their own bike there, but could use one to enjoy the trail.

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