Bike share launches in Dayton

It was Link Dayton launch day at Courthouse Square downtown today under a beautiful blue sky. There were food trucks, there were dignitaries, there was SWAG, and – most of all – there were a lot of green bikes.

The Link Dayton Bike Share bikes are lined up and ready to ride to the stations around town.

The Link Dayton Bike Share bikes are lined up and ready to ride to the stations around town.

A bunch of us who were involved with the program rode the new bikes to some of the two dozen stations around town. The bikes are heavy duty – one might almost say industrial strength – cruisers built to withstand abuse. They’ve got three speeds, solid disc brakes, hefty street tires, two baskets, an ingenious cable lock system, and card-operated rental system. There are 225 of them in the 24 stations around town. Y’all oughta give them a try.

The rental costs are:

  • 24-Hour Membership – $5.00
  • Monthly Membership – $30.00
  • Semester Pass (4 months) – $45.00
  • Annual Membership – $65.00

Any trip under 30 minutes is free with a membership. It’s an extra $2 for the next 30 minutes, then $5 for each half hour thereafter. But the clock stops when you check it in at another station. Then you can check out another bike (or the same one) when you’re ready to go back if you need to. In other words, these bikes are really meant for relatively short station-to-station trips around town.

They allow users to ride instead of drive (or walk.) And you don’t have to worry about – or pay for – parking.

For more details about membership, visit www.linkdayton.org.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley addresses the crowd for the Link Bike Share Launch at Courthouse Square, at noon on May 5.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley addresses the crowd for the Link Bike Share Launch at Courthouse Square, at noon on May 5.

Today was a lot of fun, seeing many friends in the biking and outdoor recreation community on a beautiful afternoon.

It was also the kickoff of the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s new summer lunchtime “The Square is Where” program that will feature food trucks, live entertainment and other goodies. To which you can ride your bikes – Link or otherwise – every weekday lunchtime this summer.

Ken McCall is the database reporter for the Dayton Daily News and an avid cyclist. He is a member of Bike Miami Valley, where he serves as co-chairman of the Regional Advocacy Committee; the Dayton Cycling Club; the Ohio Bike Federation; and the League of American Bicyclists. If you have any news, story tips or reactions, please pass them along.


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