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Basalt pays $17,500 to look into joining We-Cycle

Aug 31, 2015

Credit Aspen Public Radio

We-Cycle could open bike stations in Basalt and Willits next spring. Basalt will pay $17,500 dollars to the bike sharing nonprofit, to review the feasibility of expanding into the midvalley. We-Cycle operates in Aspen now and has been exploring adding locations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

“I think we need to be more careful cause it seems like we’re constantly writing checks for something or another,” said Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt at a recent Town Council meeting.

“But this to me is so huge, and makes RFTA a bigger, better thing than what it is already,” she continued, after a discussion about how bike sharing could make it faster and easier for people to use bus services. The idea is to relieve car and bike parking at BRT stations, and to also replace short trips in Basalt and Willits.

We-Cycle is working to line up governments, organizations, and other entities to help cover the full cost of running a year-round program in Basalt and Willits. That’s estimated at $380,000.

Basalt officials have also decided to start over in their search for bids for building an underpass spanning Highway 82. Bids so far have been more than $7 million dollars, $2 million more than projected.