Small bike shops raise concerns about Eugene bike share program

The city of Eugene will implement new bike share program.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018 7:31 PM
Updated: Jan. 19, 2018 7:49 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The city of Eugene is promoting more peddling with a new bike share program they will introduce in April.

Rob Inerfeld, the transportation planning manager for the city, said there will be 30 bike stations. He said more than 300 bikes will be installed between the Whitaker neighborhood to the area past the University of Oregon.

“We’re really excited about the kind of bikes,” Inerfeld said. “They have a u-lock that’s integrated into the bike so they are extra secure.”

While this project has people like Inerfeld excited, bike shop business owners like Matt Ritzow are concerned of the impact this new project will have on their business.

“I’m a little conflicted, in communities where this has been done it usually does kill a lot of recreational business,” Ritzow said.

Interfeld said the city is aware of the concerns business owners of small bike shops have, so they are not planning on placing any bike stations near a bike shop.

“They are not going to put any stations right in my store, but I’m also three or four blocks from the Hilton and some hotels downtown, where they will be concentrating their bike stations,” Ritzow said. “That’s where a lot of my customers come from.”

The bike share program will cost a little less than a million dollars, and being funded through a grant from the state of Oregon, Infield said.

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