Since then, bike share has gained considerable momentum, earning start-up funding from two state agencies, NYSERDA and NYSDOT as well as the Seneca Nation Buffalo Creek Development Fund. A working partnership has formed between CarShare, GO Bike Buffalo (formerly Green Options Buffalo), and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and the University at Buffalo is also partnering with Buffalo CarShare to pilot the program on campus as "Bike Share at UB". With start-up costs covered, Buffalo Bike Share is ready to begin a system beta test this year.
Buffalo will be the first large-scale implementation of the innovative Social Bicycles (SoBi) GPS-enabled bike share system, and UB will be the first institution of higher education to implement this technology.
"We plan to beta test this new technology in multiple different areas in the upcoming months. Since this is so new and innovative, we will rely on our beta testers, partners and the community to help make this a success in Buffalo." - Michael Galligano (Director of Operations, Buffalo CarShare). These early adopters will be granted access to any of the bikes within the system at a special introductory rate. The program will then rely on feedback from its beta group in order to shape the future of the user experience.
In addition, Buffalo CarShare is looking to hire a BikeShare Coordinator starting in August to lead the rollout of the cutting-edge system. If this sounds like a challenge that you or a friend would be up to, check out the full job posting here.
Keep your eyes peeled for the smart white bikes with the SoBi logo.
In the interim, stay informed with the most up to date information by liking BikeShare on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Bflobikeshare
Photo: Larry Stevens and Henry Raess prepare to get the Social Bicycles on the road