September 29 marks one year since the Harrisburg Bike Share’s inception. In that time, the program has garnered over 3,397 active members and 9,411 trips, making it Pennsylvania’s third largest bike share program. Launched by local nonprofit Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, the bike share has exceeded expectations.
“Over the past year, the Harrisburg Bike Share has thrived as a result of the positive response from community members. It has become an integral mode of transportation as more and more people are using the system for both leisure and day trips around the city,” said Ryan Riley, President and State Director of Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania. “We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors to make this program possible, and Highmark Blue Shield’s pivotal investment.”
The Harrisburg Bike Share has been recognized by local groups for its notable impact on the community. In February, the Harrisburg Young Professionals nominated the bike share as Project of the Year for their work in expanding eco-friendly transportation options and improving accessibility throughout the city. Additionally, in April, the bike share received Central Penn Business Journal’s Nonprofit Innovation Award in the Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign category.
The Harrisburg Bike Share plans to expand its footprint further into Dauphin and Cumberland Counties. “Our goal is to spread our success into the surrounding communities,” continued Ryan Riley. “We want the convenience of bike sharing to extend beyond city limits so that more people can use the program to meet their needs.”
Harrisburg Bike Share riders have logged more than 9,400 rides totaling some 331,000 minutes on the 55 bikes available from eleven stations in Harrisburg. The statistics translate to a total of 2.75 million calories burned, 10,399 pounds of carbon dioxide saved and 471 fewer single-occupancy car trips.