With the support of two foundations and the vision of Health ICT’s Becky Tuttle and others, the city now has a bike-share program that will consist of 100 bikes and 19 stations in central Wichita.
During a May 4 kickoff at the Popup Park downtown along Douglas, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas announced it would give $194,000 to BikeShareICT, while the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation gave $30,000.
The bicycle program is managed by the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita and Health ICT. Tuttle has been project manager for MSSC affiliate Health ICT and serves as chair of the wellness coalition.
At the kickoff, Mayor Jeff Longwell told how the program was part of making the community a better, more active place to live, one attractive to young people, and good for economic development as well.
“Becky Tuttle and Scott Wadle started this conversation,” Shelley Prichard, president and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation said, referring to the city planner active in bike and pedestrian issues. “It started small but thanks to Becky and Blue Cross Blue Shield this got much larger.”
BikeShareICT utilizes Zagster, which runs bike share programs around the country, to supply the bikes, bike station and the app that gives users access.
Andrew Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO, mentioned a motivation that applies to Health ICT and other participants: “The ulterior motive is better health.”
“This truly was a community-wide collaboration,” Tuttle said.
How BikeShareICT works
- Cost: Yearly memberships are $30 ($20 for college students) or riders can borrow bikes for $3 per hour.
- What it takes: Download the Zagster phone app at Google Play and iTunes.
- Learn more: bikeshareict.com