Youngstown's bikeshare program secures four charging locations throughout downtown
YoGo Bikeshare has announced on Friday that it has secured four locations throughout the downtown area.
This is following concept approval from the Youngstown's Design Review Committee to install its electrical bicycle charging stations.
YoGo, much like other companies and consumers had to battle shipping delays and supply chain issues, but ultimately received its docking stations in June.
With equipment on hand and design approval in place, the company was able to shift its focus to finalizing docking stations, locations and construction plans.
YoGo President, Ronnell Elkins says the company has been working with the city of Youngstown and local businesses to determine the most optimal locations to install docking stations.
"We've had a few hiccups finalizing the placements due to construction work and several other factors, but we're excited to confirm that we've found four great locations, including one that will be just blocks away from Youngstown State University, outside of the new CycWard Bikeshop," Elkins said.
The four locations will be as follows
- Youngstown Flea (365 E. Boardman St.)
- CycWard Bike Shop (1205, Elm St.)
- Near Kress Lot (111 W. Federal St.)
- Corner of Champion and E. Federal St.
Once the program launches, it will operate daily from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. between late spring and early autumn each year.
The pricing structure encourages short trips and will offer a variety of options ranging from $4 for 20 minutes and up to $90 for a yearly subscription.
Each option comes with a 15 to 20 minute trial period depending on the plan selected.
When finished, clients must return bikes to any of the four docking stations to end their ride and stop associated charges.
Cities across the U.S. have found that bikeshare programs play a critical role in providing both local citizens and sightseers a cost-effective alternative mode of transportation.
YoGo Vice President of Operations, Kent Wallace II says the program is about much more than just offering a service to earn income.
"My family is committed to our hometown and its progress. This program helps us work toward our mission by bringing more traffic to local businesses, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing a fun way to exercise and promoting a sense of community," Wallace said.