UPDATE: Winnebago County Board approves Limebike program

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Updated March 8, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Winnebago County Board approves a plan to allow bike sharing program Limebike to expand outside city limits to places like Machesney Park and Loves Park.

Through the program, nearly 500 bikes will be placed around Winnebago County. Users can download an app on their phone to rent a bike for a certain amount of time and then leave it in an approved place when they're done.

The city of Rockford still needs to give its OK on the program. Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney would like to see it in place in a month.


Posted March 1, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Rockford area is one step closer to having its own bike share program.

Winnebago County officials say bike share programs are becoming an increasing trend across urban communities, and within the next few months our community could have that option for transportation.
The Winnebago County Operations and Administrative Committee approved an agreement with the company Limebike to bring the service to the stateline.

Chairman Frank Haney said it's like Uber for bicycles. Nearly 500 bikes will be placed around the county where users can download an app on their phone to rent a bike for a certain amount of time. County leaders say a program like this will greatly benefit those looking for another form of transportation.

"Very excited about it. I think it's an attractive thing to young professionals but also for folks who use our local bus service for that last kind of mile that they need after the bus and before they would get to their destination,” said Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney.

The bike sharing program will come at no cost to local taxpayers. The full county board will have the final approval at next week's meeting.

County officials say the bike sharing program will be a great asset to our area. The program also plans to expand its services to other communities across the county.