Dayton, May 5, 2015 – Link partners, founding sponsors and staff opened Dayton’s bike share system today for with an inaugural ride lead by Mayor Nan Whaley. The Mayor led a fleet of riders from Courthouse Square in the afternoon to fill surrounding downtown stations with bikes while hundreds of onlookers joined in the festivities.
“Link is an example of The City of Dayton’s continued effort to support programs that make us a more bike-friendly community. We are committed to a more active community, and what you see today is the result of what we can accomplish when community partners work together toward a common goal,” said Mayor Nan Whaley in her opening comments. “I am excited to lead today’s ride and even more excited to use my membership throughout the year.”
Today also marked the launch of the Square is Where in Downtown Dayton. “We couldn’t think of a better to launch our Square is Where programming than with Link,” said Sandy Gudorf of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “As a partner of the program, we’re proud to say that Link will provide the type of transportation needed for a more active community, one of the pillars of the Greater Downtown Dayton plan.”
Bike Miami Valley Executive Director Laura Estandia recognized founding sponsors for the program and recognized the companies and organizations that are helping provide operational support for Link, which include Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, City of Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, Montgomery County, New Belgium Brewing Company, PNC, Premier Health, Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County’s Creating Healthy Communities Program, Sinclair College, and the University of Dayton. “We are so grateful for the support of our founding sponsors and partners. Without their support this amenity would not be available to the residents and visitors of our city.”
Link is the 31st bike share system in the country. The system has 24 stations and a fleet of over 200 bikes. Users will be able to purchase 24-Hour Memberships for $5 at station kiosks or a variety of other memberships online including a $65 Annual Membership.
Link is run in partnership by Bike Miami Valley and Greater Dayton RTA. Executive Director Mark Donaghy of Greater Dayton RTA also spoke and announced the completion of the storefront at Third and Main and the incorporation of Link into the company wellness program.
“The raw space you saw at the brand launch has been transformed into the Link Bike Shop. Stop in and see us. We’re very pleased with the work that’s been done,” said Mark. “Additionally, I see the health benefits Link can provide to my employees which is why I’m offering free memberships to the top employees in our wellness program. I’m proud to say that over 50 employees will receive a free membership to Link.”
For more information about Link, visit www.linkdayton.org.