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Bikesharing is a system in which bicycles are available for shared use between established stations.  Bikesharing systems provide an affordable option for short-distance trips as an alternative to public transportation, driving in a car or walking.  Bikesharing can help solve the “last mile” problem, connecting public transportation riders to their final destinations.  Bikesharing is not a substitute for private bike rental services, but rather it provides an option for short-distance trips.

What is the Maryland Bikeshare Program?
 

The Maryland Bikeshare Program is a grant program to support the planning for and establishment of local bikesharing programs.  The Bikeshare Program will provide grant support for a feasibility study or for capital expenses to implement a bikesharing program.  Examples of eligible reimbursable capital expenditures include:

  • Bicycles
  • Docking stations
  • Support Amenities (terminals, technical platforms, spare parts, supplies, etc.)
  • Shipping and Installation

Some program expenditures for marketing may be eligible and may count toward a grant recipient’s required 20% funding match, which will be determined during the application process.

 
How Does the Bikeshare Program Help Maryland?
 
The Maryland Bikeshare Program presents a unique opportunity to support Maryland’s economy, a cleaner environment and a better quality of life.  The Maryland Department of Transportation and our local partners are working to provide an affordable, convenient transportation option that also maximizes the use of our transit
system by improving access to more destinations.  In addition, this program supports the Governor’s Cycle Maryland initiative to promote biking as a fun, healthy, transportation alternative that is great for
our environment.

 

Current Status

The application period for bikeshare grant applications closed in December 2011. MDOT is currently evaluating the progress of the initial bikeshare grant recipients in preparing bikeshare feasibility studies and implementing bikeshare programs. No new applications are being accepted at this time.

Where Do I Find More Information on the Bikeshare Program?

For more information, please contact the MDOT Office of Planning and Capital Programming by email at mjackson3@mdot.maryland.gov  or phone at 410-865-1237.