By Anne Trelfa
Bike Share program opens up, uses Zagster
A collaborative effort including the UM-Flint Walk & Bike Group, Genesee County Parks, the Flint River Corridor Alliance and others, are rolling out a Zagster Bike Share program called Flint Bike Share beginning Thursday, July 14.
Flint Bike Share will begin at 11:30 a.m. July 14 with a ribbon cutting at Genesee County Parks Administration offices at 5045 Stanley Rd. Planners say all are welcome to come, preview the program, and test out the new bikes at the park offices where the first Flint Bike Share station is located.
The Bike Share program is organized using the free Zagster Mobile App. It allows users to sign up for a bike, receive a special code to unlock, and sign a bike back in.
Rides for Zagster members are free for the first half hour, then two dollars per hour after that.
The Zagster mobile app is available for iPhone and Android or online at zagster.com/flint. According to materials provided by organizers, Zagster is the largest bike-share provider in the United States, working directly with over 130 communities across North America to make bike-share programs available.
Planners say the Flint Bike Share program will give the community access to the many bike trail systems of the area, and is designed to help community members experience a healthier, environmentally friendly way to travel.
Be a tourist in your home town Saturday, July 16 for one dollar
Residents and visitors alike are invited to spend a day getting acquainted with Flint’s best museums, restaurants and more. The “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town” shuttle gives residents and non-residents the opportunity to experience some of the best of Flint for one dollar. Presented by the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, the fourth-annual event takes place July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Tourists” are invited to meet at the Riverfront Banquet Center, pick up their “passport” which also gives a 10 percent discount on 15 restaurants downtown, receive a map and catch the MTA shuttle that will provide complimentary transportation between attractions.
Planners say the event drew a record crowd last year with nearly 1,000 participants from Flint and nearly a dozen states. Purchase passports online before the event at https://flintandgenesee.org/events/tourist-home-town-flint/. There is also a full list of participating venues including: Applewood estate, Buick Gallery and Research Center, Edible Flint Demonstration Garden, Flint Children’s Museum, Flint Farmers’ Market, Flint Institute of Arts, The Whiting and more.
The 2016 event also features several new attractions and restaurants, including the Flint Handmade Summer Arts & Crafts Street Fair at the Flint Farmers’ Market.
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