Town of Arlington, Massachusetts
Warrant Article Title:
Warrant Article Text:
To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $100,000 for the support of “BLUEBikes” operations, including storage, relocation, and maintenance of bicycles and docking stations, and a pilot program assisting income-eligible users with bicycle access, including costs incidental and related thereto, and to determine how the appropriation shall be raised and expended including the possibility of borrowing all or some of same; or take any action related thereto.
(Inserted at the request of the Department of Planning and Community Development)
The majority of the committee were persuaded that this is an appropriate investment in an important mode of transportation that serves as an alternative to cars and fits in with the town’s effort to combat climate change. The request is for funds to support the continuation of the Blue Bike program and expand the number of bikes and locations. Although the current program has seen extensive use, the 10k or so trips taken don’t reach the volume necessary to eliminate all cost to the town. This request is for funds to subsidize ridership for the next two years. At the end of that two years, the program will be evaluated again. The expectation is that, with additional bikes available, the program will meet the trip thresh hold required to eliminate the cost to the town under the contract with Lyft subsidiary Motivate. In any case, this is a onetime allocation and not a permanent increase in the budget.
VOTED: That the sum of $100,000 be and hereby is appropriated for the support of “BLUEBikes” operations, including storage, relocation, and maintenance of bicycles and docking stations, and a pilot program assisting income-eligible users with bicycle access, including costs incidental and related thereto; said sum to be raised by general tax and expended under the direction of the Town Manager. (11-5)