First Multi-City Bikeshare System in Alabama
Beginning 2019, you will be able to use an app on your smartphone to rent a bike and enjoy a ride around the lake at Choccolocco Park. The company is VeoRide, and rental rates start at 50 cents for 15 minutes, and you can pay-as-you-go or get a membership plan.
This new amenity grew out of a desire for a family-friendly activity the city could offer at Choccolocco Park. The Oxford City Council and Mayor Alton Craft saw an opportunity to bring in a bike share program that would benefit locals and out-of-town visitors at the park. “We know families travel together to come to sporting events at Choccolocco Park, and we wanted them to be able to ride around the lake in-between games,” Mayor Craft explained. “We have beautiful weather, a great bike trail, and now they can enjoy another fun activity with the bikes provided by VeoRide.”
City of Oxford Risk Manager Marc Webb was instrumental in bringing bike share to Choccolocco Park. He worked closely with Lindsey Gray of Bantam Strategy Group. Lindsey helped connect the City of Oxford, Anniston, Jacksonville, and Jacksonville State University with VeoRide to establish the first regional bike share program in Alabama. In total, there will be 180 VeoRide bikes available to rent, promoting a healthy lifestyle among all communities.
“We will have 20 to 30 bikes at the park, with bike racks at the trailhead and near the ball field playground,” Webb shared. “Depending on the response, we could expand to other locations around the City of Oxford.”
A local website has been established to introduce the community to VeoRide and provide bicycle parking and safety tips for users. Visit www.eastalabamabikeshare.com, or you can download the VeoRide app from the App Store and Google Play.