Residents will have an opportunity to learn about the popular new Upgrade Bike Sharing transportation system and test-ride a bicycle free at next week’s Traveling City Hall meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the University of Evansville Campus in Eykamp Hall, Room 252, located inside Ridgway University Center at 1801 E. Walnut Street. Parking will be available at the parking lot near Carson Center with access off Frederick Street.
The citywide UpGrade Bike Sharing program launched in October 2016 offering 70 rental bicycles at seven locations across town. Within five months, the local bike sharing program exceeded 1,000 rides, and the City of Evansville was featured as a national case study by Zagster, a world leader in designing and operating bike sharing systems. (Link to the Evansville case study:
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will open the Traveling City Hall meeting with introductions of city department heads and elected officials, followed by public announcements. A representative from Zagster and a member of the Evansville Trails Coalition will give a presentation on the UpGrade Bike Sharing program, and a University of Evansville student will demonstrate how to sign-up for the service with a smartphone and checkout a bike. As a special promotion for Traveling City Hall, Zagster will offer a $3 credit for one-hour free for an hourly membership or $5 off for an annual membership to anyone over age 18 signing-up for the service at the meeting.
Following the presentations, Mayor Winnecke and city department heads will be available to talk one-on-one with residents about any issue involving city government. Everyone is welcome to attend.