Board grants $100k for operating expenses
The combined board of upper valley elected elected officials declined to support a no-fare model for the bike sharing system WE-cycle for residents and workers in Pitkin County on Thursday, but it did grant $100,000 to support the nonprofit’s 2017 operating budget.
WE-cycle, which is entering its fifth season next summer, had asked the Elected Officials Transportation Committee for a $175,000 grant, $75,000 of which would have subsidized free season passes for anyone living or working in Pitkin County. The organization’s co-founder and director Mirte Mallory and Roaring Fork Transportation Authority CEO Dan Blankenship spoke to the ways the services complement each other, and how the ability to use bike sharing on either end of a RFTA trip makes taking the bus more attractive. WE-cycle cites many of its stations near RFTA stops, and RFTA zone passes can also be used to check out bikes.
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