WALNUT CREEK — First it was commercial pilot programs for delivery robots downtown, and next it will be a bicycle share program set to roll into the Shadelands Business Park, and later the downtown area.
The Shadelands bike share is the first fruits of a pilot program approved Jan. 16, by the City Council, to be operated by San Mateo-based startup LimeBike. The city also could welcome at least one more pilot program in the next few months operated by another company.
Though this isn’t the first time bike sharing has come to a business park — Santa Monica-based CycleHop operates the BRiteBikes share program at the Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon — this is LimeBike’s first business-park venture.
It kicked off Tuesday with an event at the Ultimate Fieldhouse parking lot off Mitchell Avenue, where bikes were tested and the virtues of pedal power in and near the 267-acre business park extolled.
Walnut Creek Mayor Justin Wedel said the program is a boon to those who work in Shadelands.
“The bike-sharing program removes cars from our roads, which reduces greenhouse gases,” he said. “It provides additional means for people to get to other businesses, and it provides exercise for the community.”
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Source:: East Bay – Science