MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - This summer the city of Montgomery will roll out a bike-sharing initiative. Mayor Todd Strange made the announcement Friday morning during a Bike to Work Day event.
The city will partner with micro-mobility vendor Zagster to operate 10 Pace Parking stations with about 50 bikes in July. The stations will span prominent locations throughout Montgomery’s city-center, including the Rosa Parks Museum, the Capitol, City Hall, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Riverwalk Stadium, Morgan Library, Kress and more.
“Quality of life is key to building on our success in economic development, neighborhood stability and the booming tourism industry,” said Strange. “Bike share and micro-mobility systems are the future, and we fully embrace these tools as catalysts for continued growth and prosperity in the Capital of Dreams. Not only will bike share boost overall vibrancy and downtown foot traffic for businesses, but it further cements our status as one of the South’s Smartest Cities.”
Last year, the city collaborated with the Montgomery Bicycle Club and potential bike share vendors to craft an ordinance allowing for a bike-share policy steeped in common-sense regulations prioritizing safety, best practices and the viability of vendors’ business models. The Montgomery City Council approved the ordinance in June 2018.
Montgomery is one of few Alabama cities recognized by the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program.