Borough of State College News Release

For Immediate Release


State College Borough Bike Share Public Interest Survey

State College, PA—The community s exploring the possibility of launching a bike share program for the community. The anticipated annual costs to the Borough is an estimated $24,000 per year  and Penn State's UPUA has passed legislation authorizing $12,000 to go towards the first year. Before moving forward, we want to get feedback on the public's interest in having a local bike share.

"The first bike sharing programs began in 1960s Europe, but the concept didn’t take off worldwide until the mid-2000s. In North America, they tend to be affiliated with municipal governments, though some programs, particularly in small college towns, center on university campuses.

The typical bike share has several defining characteristics and features, including station-based bikes and payment systems, membership and pass fees, and per-hour usage fees. Programs are generally intuitive enough to facilitate a manageable learning curve for novice users. And, despite some variation, the differences are usually small enough to prevent confusion when a regular user of one city’s bike share uses another city’s program for the first time."
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By going to Engage State College, you will be able to receive more information on what a bike share is, complete a short survey and place a pin where you would like to see a bike share station installed. 

The community's input will impact the organization's decision to move forward with the project. 


If you would like more information about this event, please contact Douglas Shontz at (814)-278-4723 or email at

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