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Houston Bike Share and Commissioner Rodney Ellis Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies to Celebrate New Houston BCycle Stations
HOUSTON — On June 19th, 2017, Houston Bike Share, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Jury Assembly Houston BCycle station at 10:00am, followed by a second ribbon cutting at Emancipation Park at 11:50am, as part of the Juneteenth Celebration! Commissioner Ellis will be recognized for funding both of these new stations.
“I am pleased to help establish these two new bike-share stations, including one that will serve the historic Emancipation Park community in the Third Ward. In this ever-expanding region, it is important to encourage cycling for recreation and transportation, particularly in underserved areas.” – Commissioner Rodney Ellis
Located at 1202 Franklin Street, the new Jury Assembly BCycle station will provide easy access to all four courthouses surrounding the Harris County Jury Assembly area. This 21-dock station will be the 15th BCycle station in Downtown Houston.
Since 1872, Emancipation Park has served as a community meeting place for residents of the Third Ward and all African-Americans in Houston. For the last decade, efforts to revitalize the park have been in the works and it is now re-opening as a modern community center with several new amenities, including a playground, performance hall, improved swimming center and a Houston BCycle station.
About the Expansion
The City of Houston’s Planning & Development Department sponsored an application for a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to fund the expansion of Houston BCycle. This funding will more than triple in size the operation over the next two years, adding 71 stations with 568 new bikes. The grant will reimburse the City for $3.5 million of the cost of expanding the system. Houston Bike Share will provide the $880,000 in local match funding. The Planning & Development Department and Houston Bike Share are jointly responsible for the implementation of the expansion.
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