The community's GR Forward strategy recommends exploring bike share as a way to expand mobility options for residents, workers and visitors in Grand Rapids.

Bike share is a flexible, healthy and affordable transportation service the provides people the opportunity to pick-up a bicycle at a self-serve station, and return that bicycle to any other station located in the system's service area.

In cities such as Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicago, bike share has changed how people get around the city and expanded the amount of destinations they can get to in a short amount of time. 

The walk from DeVos Place to Founders Brewing, for example, takes about 16 minutes for the average person; using bike share the trips takes 6 minutes. In other words, Bike share is essentially a pedestrian accelerator that allows people to cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time.

This project is led by the City of Grand Rapids in close collaboration with, and funding support from, the Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Click here for additional information from the City's Mobile GR department

Feasibility Study Process & Schedule

Acting on the GR Forward recommendation to further explore bike share in Grand Rapids, the next step is to assess the feasibility of the idea. This includes identifying local challenges and opportunities, defining key objectives and successful outcomes and assessing the range of costs and benefits associated with building any system. Based on the findings of the feasibility analysis, this process also involves developing a bike share system business plan to help inform future steps.

The schedule of public information and community engagement opportunities below continues to evolve as the process reveals interest and opportunity.

All linked documents in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

November

Nov. 9 - Project Steering Committee Meeting

October

  • Oct. 27 - Downtown merchants meet up - Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (9:00 - 10:30 AM) 
  • Oct. 25 - Downtown Residents Network - Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (5:30 - 7:00 PM)
  • Oct. 23 - Age Friendly Communities Workshop
  • Oct. 23 - GR Forward Goal 3 (mobility) Alliance
  • Oct. 19 - Community Open House - Seymour Christian Reformed Church (4:00 - 7:00 PM) 
  • Oct. 18 - Southtown Corridor Improvement District
  • Oct. 18 - Neighborhood Business Alliance
  • Oct. 17 - Focus group discussion in partnership with Linc Up
  • Oct. 12 - Focus group discussion in partnership with Linc Up
  • Oct. 11 - Michigan Street Corridor Improvement District
  • Oct. 10 - Community Open House - John Ball Park Zoo Ballroom (4:00 - 7:00 PM)
  • Oct. 10 - Transportation Solutions Workshop with Downtown employers and employees
  • Oct. 9 - Project Steering Committee Meeting
  • Oct. 9 - Focus group discussion in partnership with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Oct. 6 - The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority 
  • Oct. 6 - Westside Corridor Improvement District
  • Oct. 5 - Focus group discussion in partnership with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Oct. 4 - Focus group discussion in partnership with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Oct. 4 - Uptown Corridor Improvement District
  • Oct. 5 - Focus group discussion in partnership with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

September 2017

  • Sept. 27 - City Design Team
  • Sept. 19 - Focus group discussion in partnership with Linc Up
  • Sept. 14 - Cultural Marketing Group
  • Sept. 13 - Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority
  • Sept. 14 - Cultural Marketing Group

August 2017

Feasibility Study Steering Committee

  • John Bailey, Huntington Bank
  • Julio Cano, Latino Community Coalition
  • Sarah Chartier, Spectrum Health
  • Cle Jackson, Blu Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Ruth Kelly, Grand Rapids City Commissioner
  • Kyama Kitavi, City of Grand Rapids
  • Senita Lenear, Grand Rapids City Commissioner
  • Josh Lunger, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Trent McCurren, Founder's Brewing Co.
  • Yazeed Moore, WK Kellogg Foundation
  • Lisa Haynes, Grand Valley State University
  • Jon O'Connor, Grand Rapids City Commissioner
  • Diana Sieger, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Doug Small, Experience Grand Rapids
  • Amy Snow-Buckner, Office of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
  • Kim Thomas, Priority Health
  • Conrad Venema, The Rapid
  • Stephanie Wong, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

Feasibility Study Consultant Team

The consultant team was selected through a competitive process.

Bike Share in Michigan Communities

Background Info