Lansing's Bike Share Program is Over

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Groups who brought the Capital Community Bike Share Program to Lansing blame the bike company for the program's failure.

Those groups include the City of Lansing, the Ingham County Land Bank and the Tri-County Bicycle Association.

Eric Schertizing, chair of the Land Bank, told us, "We did sort of a soft kickoff in 2013, had to re-tool some things and brought it forward again in 2014. But it just didn't all gel - the bike racks and the structure ...... And then the company had some technology issues that they weren't able to overcome."

Riders couldn't even unlock the bikes.

The company, A2B Bikeshare, based in Ann Arbor, was chosen because of their price.

Schertzing explained, "There aren't that many companies out there doing this third generation bike share technology, which is really to have the electronics on the bike. And, what that did is it really lowered the cost of trying to implement a system. "

The next move? Getting the bikes out of the snow and back to the company, but Schertzing told me this doesn't mean they won't try again.

"We'll do whatever's necessary to return things to the way they were. And hopefully down the road there'll be a re-birth of bike share in the capital city," he said.

An idea John Lindenmayer of the League of Michigan Bicyclists is looking forward to.

"I think people will still be excited about it. People will use it. So I'm optimistic that you know the next generation will come along and we'll have a program in place some time in the future for Lansing," Lindenmayer said.

A better program as a result of the failure.

Lindenmayer added, "It provides us some opportunities to think about the program how can we make it a little bit better for the city and also look at some infrastructure needs in terms of making sure we have bike lanes and facilities to make sure we connect all the stations, people feel comfortable using it and they feel safe."

The bikes and bike racks will remain in Downtown for the time being.

Lynne Martinez who helped bring the program here told us she's contacted the A2B Bikeshare and asked it to pick the bikes up. We've reached out to A2B Bikeshare for comment, we'll let you know when we hear back.

Martinez also explained that the short-lived program didn't turn any profit. The Land Bank put forward $7,500 and the City provided $6,500. So, because it was relatively inexpensive, there's not a huge hole in anyone's pocket.