A community bike-share program launches this spring in the City of Alma thanks to a grant furnished by the Gratiot County Community Foundation and funding from Alma College.
Ten bicycles are equipped with software that enables users to check bikes in and out using a downloadable smart-phone app. Docking stations have been installed at the Starbucks coffee shop on Superior Street and the Alma College Stone Recreation Center.
The bicycles are available for use by community members for a yearly $30 fee. Alma College students, faculty and staff will be able to utilize the bikes for free. The program is administered by the Stone Recreation Center for maintenance and record-keeping.
“It is unusual for a city the size of Alma to have a bike-share program,” says Tammy Rees, director of campus recreation and conferences. “We are very appreciative to the Gratiot County Community Foundation for the $7,000 start-up grant and to Chris Maltby at Terry’s Cycle for helping us select the bikes and set up the program.
“This is another great example of a college-community partnership that benefits our college students as well as members of our local Alma community,” says Rees.
Five bicycles will be stationed at the Stone Recreation Center, while the other five will reside on the east side of the Starbucks building. Bike locks, if needed, may be checked out at the Recreation Center.