After three years of planning, and thanks to an initial investment from the BCBSND Caring Foundation through its SPARK Grants program, Bismarck Parks and Recreation District secured other matching grants allowing them to raise enough funds to launch a community bike share program in August 2022.
The bike share program offers Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota residents and visitors the opportunity to rent a bike to explore the community and its extensive shared-use trail system. BCBSND Caring Foundation Manager Amber Blomberg states, “It’s a great way to encourage folks to not only get outside but also offer a fun way to partake in physical activity.”
Julie Jeske, a Bismarck community member said, “This project came to life basically because BCBSND Caring Foundation was a catalyst for us. I’m so excited for this to launch. It’s something people of all ages and athletic abilities can do and is a fun way of getting from point A to B. It’s also great for residents who can’t afford a bike or don’t have the storage to keep a bike.”
Bike share details
Four locations in Bismarck now host docking stations for a fun, affordable way to get around the city:
Rides are $5 for the first hour and $.07 for each additional minute until the bike is returned to a station.
Bismarck Parks and Recreation District Operations Director David Mayer stated, “We’re excited as we’re always looking at ways to engage people in the community, offer different opportunities and get people outside to see the parks and exercise.”
David said the bikes provide a smooth ride and the trails are fairly flat, so riding them should be an easy way to get some exercise outdoors.
Visit the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District website for more information on the bike share program and what trails the Bismarck-Mandan area has to offer.