The following press release that went out 9/13.
BALTIMORE, MD (September 13, 2017) The Baltimore City Department of Transportation today announced that the Baltimore Bike Share will be undergoing a temporary shutdown for maintenance and equipment upgrades in advance of the program’s one-year anniversary.
Starting on September 17, 2017, a temporary shutdown of the bike share system will be initiated so that maintenance work and system improvements can be performed. Preparation for phase II station expansion will also be initiated during this time. It is anticipated that operations will resume by October 15, 2017.
In addition, upgraded security features will be incorporated during this period as a response to isolated thefts this summer. The combination of always-on GPS and enhanced security equipment will improve the safety and security of the bike share system.
With nearly 1,800 active users and 40,000 trips, Baltimore Bike Share has experienced high ridership since it was initially launched. The temporary shutdown period will allow Baltimore Bike Share to incorporate necessary improvements and continue the strong momentum into its second year of operation. Riders can expect more information on planned improvements and promotions in the coming weeks.
Please know that the Baltimore Bike Share team loves this town dearly and we're dedicated to making this work for all of us. We also want to assure you that the bikes and bike share program are safe and that comprehensive solutions to past issues and expansion are underway.
We sincerely apologize and completely understand the inconveniences of a maintenance closure like this. Due to these inconveniences, some of our Founding Members and Monthly Passholders haven’t received the full value of their subscription this year. These users will receive an email with instructions on how to extend their pass at no charge. If you are or have been a monthly or yearly member and have not received instructions on extending your membership, please send your member number to us at info@BmoreBikeShare.com
Big New and Exciting Stuff Coming!
New bikes, new station locations, new functionality, new partners, new parties, better communication, better security features and more are just around the corner. Please follow our expansion and progress over the next month on our Facebook page.