LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE SUWANEE UNVEILS GWINNETT COUNTY'S FIRST BIKE SHARE PROGRAM
An exciting new transportation option has come to Gwinnett County! The City of Suwanee unveiled its new bike share program on Saturday, October 22 at Town Center Park.
Sponsored by CIGNA and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, bike station structures – equipped with self-sustaining internal energy sources – have been installed at Suwanee Creek Park and Town Center Park and will each house up to eight bikes. The bikes may be rented for up to three hours for free, with each additional hour costing $3 per hour. The maximum fee for all day use of a bike is $30. All riders must be at least 18 years old and provide their own helmets.
"Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is pleased to be a part of this wonderful recreation opportunity in Suwanee," said CHOA Community Development Officer Annie Valenty. "As an organization dedicated to health and wellness, we believe in programs that encourage families to be active. This bike program will undoubtedly foster the importance of regular family recreation to all in the community."
Bikes can be easily rented via smart phone app. Signage explaining the use of the bike share program will be placed at each station to orient new users to the system. In addition, those interested can visit zagster.com/suwanee for answers to questions such as usage, fees, station location, etc. Bikes and stations will be maintained by Zagster, the leading provider of bike share programs for cities, universities, businesses and properties. The Zagster system is currently being used in the City of Alpharetta, Town Center CID, and City of Smyrna, to name a few.
Bikes can be ridden anywhere, including on the City's extensive greenway system. A large part of the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan, the city features over 16 miles of interconnected multi-use, multi-medium trails.
"We are excited to sponsor the very first bike share program in Gwinnett County!" said Scott Kennedy, Director of Client Management at CIGNA. "This additional recreation option will encourage further use of the amazing greenway, trail system, and parks that Suwanee has to offer."
The program unveiling ceremony was held in conjunction with the Alive! Festival, benefitting Project Green. The goal of the Alive! Festival is to help attendees learn how to integrate health and wellness plus natural, organic, and green products into environmentally responsible eco living and to create a positive impact on the world as a whole.