The state has launched an expansion of its bike-sharing program, Biketown, in partnership with Michigan Department of Transportation and the University of Michigan.
Michigan DOT announced on Wednesday that the bike-share program will now be called BikeShare Michigan, and Michigan DOT is partnering with the University.
“It is exciting to have Biketsown Michigan expand its reach beyond Michigan and Michigan State University to include Michigan’s premier university and the largest university in the nation,” said Gov.
Rick Snyder in a press release.
“I applaud the innovative work of the University and Michigan Department for BikETown Michigan and look forward to more collaborations in the future.”
Biketowin Michigan, a statewide transportation network launched by Gov.
Snyder in January, provides a bike-to-bus route from Detroit to Lansing, Mich., which includes a stop in downtown Ann Arbor.
Michigan has more than 200,000 bikes and about 1.5 million passengers, with about 1,000 of them being owned by the University, according to the Michigan Department.
The network has been growing at a rapid rate in the past two years, with over 10,000 rides on the service in the first two months of 2018 alone.
The state is also expanding bike-access programs in cities throughout Michigan, including Detroit, Flint, Lansing, and the city of Detroit.
BiketoMichigan was launched in 2016 to serve people in the state with disabilities and to allow them to travel to and from work and school.
Bikes are provided for free and can be picked up and dropped off at any Michigan DOT bus station.
The program is now available to more than 50,000 Michigan residents.