New Orleans, nonprofit say bike sharing to return Sept. 1

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bike sharing program will return to New Orleans, with a Toronto company bringing 500 “electric-assist” bicycles to town by Sept. 1, Mayor LaToya Cantrell mentioned.

(*1*) Cantrell mentioned in a information launch Thursday.

A lately shaped nonprofit known as Blue Krewe will run this system, which is conserving the Blue Bikes title utilized by the earlier program, additionally sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

“With the limited resources of a new nonprofit, Blue Krewe had to search far and wide for the right vendor to provide the bikes and software for the new Blue Bikes,” mentioned Dan Favre, a board member of that nonprofit and government director of Bike Easy, the Greater New Orleans bicycle training and advocacy group.

The metropolis’s earlier bike sharing program began in late 2017 and ended shortly after town’s first pandemic stay-home order. The company that owned it in March 2020 was offered to a California-based company, which told The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate that it might have stayed in New Orleans solely by including scooters.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation made startup grants and financial sponsorship, together with “a significant cash advance on their behalf” so Drop Mobility might start the making bicycles in time to meet town’s deadlines,” mentioned Andy Kopplin, the inspiration’s president and CEO and a Blue Krewe board member.

The partnership between Blue Krewe and Drop features a lease-to-own settlement for the bikes and a fee-for-service association for software help. Blue Krewe will hire native operators.

“Blue Bikes promotes healthy exercise and brings more transportation options to residents and visitors alike, which has the potential to improve Louisiana’s historically poor health outcomes,” mentioned Rod Teamer, Blue Cross director of variety program business improvement.

In addition to the bicycles, Drop Mobility will present a rental app and customized operations software.

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