It’s only a matter of time before your town has a bike share, if the cycling-as-infrastructure trend keeps advancing. Fort Worth, Texas, is the latest to receive a bike-share system thanks to $1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); $100,000 from the T; and $260,000 from sponsorships, the blog Fort Worthology reported.
Secretary of transportation Ray LaHood announced the awarding of the funds on Monday, as part of the DOT’s new $787 million livability and transit projects initiative, State of Good Repair and Bus Livability. It’s the third round of annual transportation funding. Not everyone was a winner, though: the blog Transportation Nation reported that though 836 applications requested $4 billion in funds, the DOT only doled out the $787 million to 255 projects. A map on the DOT’s site displays which agencies received funds.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the program will deliver 300 bikes to 30 locations by next April. The bikes will have three speeds. On Monday, Fort Worth also started to the wheels churning on green bike lanes for areas with heavy traffic, such as intersections.
As written in Fort Worthology: “This is a huge step forward for human-powered transportation.”