Bikes are back!
Following a brief hibernation over the winter, the SusqueCycle bike share program is operating again with six locations around downtown and midtown Harrisburg.
With plans to expand by this summer, SusqueCycle will soon have twice as many bikes and six more locations, including the Federal Courthouse/Bethesda Mission, the Midtown State Office Complex, the TransitPark lot off Market Street, Tri-County Community Action at 1514 Derry Street, Paxtang Borough at the Greenbelt, and the square in Hummelstown Borough.
“SusqueCycle is an exciting micromobility option for local residents, commuters, biking enthusiasts and anyone else who wants to take a spin,” according to Steve Deck, executive director of Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC), which operates the program. “It’s an efficient, affordable, healthy and environmentally friendly transportation mode for people who live and work here or are visiting the area.”
Launched with what amounted to a test run over several weeks in fall 2022, SusqueCycle had 36 bikes and six bike racks at the same locations that are available now: Market Square, Strawberry Square, the Amtrak station, Broad Street Market, City Island and State Street. In that time, 64 people became members and took 133 rides, Deck noted.
“Considering the brief season and limited number of bike racks, we think it was a great success,” Deck said. “And with more bikes and locations filling in some gaps and providing more access at key locations in the city and expanding outward into the region, it’ll be a great year for bike share in the Harrisburg area.”
Powered by Tandem Mobility, SusqueCycle uses the Movatic app. Pay-as-you-go pricing is available for $1.50 per 30 minutes, plus there’s a $25 annual membership option for unlimited 30-minute trips. SusqueCycle memberships can also be used with the Hershey Bikes and Bike It Lancaster programs, and can soon be used in York when that program is launched.
In addition to TCRPC, the program’s prime sponsors are the Harrisburg Area Transportation Study and the UMPC Pinnacle Foundation. Additional sponsors are being sought for 2023, Deck said.
You can show your personal or corporate sponsorship for bicycling as an alternative means of transportation with $100, $500 or $1,000 levels available through the SusqueCycle.org website.
More information on SusqueCycle is available at www.susquecycle.org.