Bike-sharing program potentially coming to SWLA

Bike-sharing program potentially coming to SWLA

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A bike-sharing program could be a possibility for Southwest Louisiana in the near future.

The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Community Foundation for SWLA, and the cities of Sulphur and Lake Charles are funding a study to see how a bike-sharing program would work in both cities.

"It's been a pretty collaborative effort spearheaded by a lot of the community leaders." says Alberto Galan, Administrative Analyst for Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, "We started meeting on it a few months back trying to get the concept together and it turns out it's a lot more complicated than we anticipated. So really getting a study out before throwing bikes out there was really, what we thought, was the best idea."

But the study didn't come cheap.

"It's 40,000," says Shelley Johnson, Executive Director at the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, "But sometimes, good information comes at a cost."

Breaking down the numbers, the city of Sulphur is paying $5,000, as is a private donor through the Community Foundation of SWLA. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the city of Lake Charles are paying $10,000 each for the study.

"Rather than having a less than stellar company come in and throw bikes out there that doesn't really work for our area, doesn't really look good in our area, we are really able to get what our area is looking for to make it a sustainable as possible for our area," says Galan.

Each organization is wanting the public's input on the possible bike-share program for both cities.

The public comment period lasts until July 23.

To contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

To contact the City of Lake Charles, click here.

To contact the city of Sulphur, click here.

To contact the Community Foundation of SWLA, click here.

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