Advocacy led to Adaptive Bike Station, Grand Opening June 21 --RSS Feed

By Julie Alexander, Lead Independent Living Services Coordinator
On June 21 at 4 p.m. there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening for the Hart Park Adaptive Bike Station in Wauwatosa. This celebration will take place at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St., adjacent to the Parks Building/Field House. There will be a short ceremony in which Wauwatosa Mayor Kathleen Ehley; Alderman John Dubinski; Deb Falk-Palec, Chair of the Milwaukee County Commission for Persons with Disabilities; myself and others will offer short statements concerning this new accessible bicycling option.
The Wauwatosa Committee for Citizens with Disabilities, which I co-chair, has been working with and advocating for the city of Wauwatosa to offer this adaptive bike station for two years and it has finally happened! Brian Peters from IndependenceFirst is also working on advocating for a similar type of program to take shape in the city of Milwaukee.
Now individuals with disabilities will have equal access and the opportunity to participate in an adaptive bike sharing program in Wauwatosa. The Hart Park Adaptive Bike Station is the first adaptive bike station in the state of Wisconsin. The adaptive bike station is conveniently located in Hart Park and is designed to be inclusive of riders with disabilities. Much thanks and appreciation goes out to Jennifer Ferguson, Economic Development Manager for the City of Wauwatosa; Ald. Dubinski; Mayor Ehley and others in Wauwatosa government for helping this effort come to fruition. Thank you also to Zagster for working with Wauwatosa to provide adaptive bikes and support for the Hart Park Adaptive Bike Station. This station will have two trikes, a hand cycle and a side-by-side available for hourly and daily rental.
Please come and help us celebrate this groundbreaking event by attending our ribbon cutting ceremony. Wauwatosa created a Facebook event and is asking for people to RSVP, share or comment on the event page.
If individuals want to rent bikes through the Hart Park Adaptive Bike Station they will need to visit the Zagster - Wauwatosa website.
Information on membership and bike-use cost
Upon signing up to use the program, each rider will be asked to select a membership plan. There will then be a fare for each trip a rider takes to inform rider behavior and keep bikes available.
The options will be: 
1) Annual Membership: $30 billed annually. This option is best for community residents—the equivalent of just one tank of gas for an entire year of riding. Fare for each trip under annual membership: Trips under two hours are free, then $3 per hour thereafter, up to $30 per ride.
 2) Hourly Membership: No initial cost but $3 per hour, up to $30 per rideBest for visitors or residents interested in taking the program for a test spin. 
For either option, there will be a $30 overtime charge for trips lasting longer than 24 hours. This will ensure riders do not take their bikes home for the night.
The Hart Park Adaptive Bike Program is in a trial phase for the coming year. The city of Wauwatosa will be evaluating rider usage of this program. They will make a decision next year on whether or not the program will continue based on rider usage. If you are a person with a disability who would like to have this program available on a permanent basis, please make use of these bikes regularly during this coming year.

IndependenceFirst also runs the Biking Buddies program, which offers DUET bikes for use. DUET bikes are another type of adaptive bicycle

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