Updated: Jan 18
Part of our virtual Earth Fair celebration this year was a Sustainability Chats presentation by Drift Cycle's Jacob Sciammas. This new bike share program just launched in the central La Crosse area offering a convenient and sustainable transportation option. You can watch the playback of that event by clicking HERE.
During this Sustainability Chats, we heard from Jacob Sciammas that "Drift Cycle is a La Crosse community biking share project and an integral part of the transportation network, offering an easy-to-use, affordable bike rental program for residents, commuters, and visitors that contributes to the health and vibrancy of the community.
Together the partners plan to encourage cycling through bike share, by hosting events, providing education, and improving access and safety. Drift welcomes additional partners and community members interested in joining our efforts to provide the benefits of bike share."
He also shared just a few of the benefits a bike share has for a community.
Contributing to vibrancy of the community
Increasing flexibility in transportation
Reducing road congestion
Decreasing parking competition
Creating greater safety for people walking and biking by supporting the bicycle pedestrian network
Bright orange bike hubs are already positioned around central La Crosse. Maybe you have noticed them! If not check out this map of hub locations.
Riverside North - Sponsor: Explore La Crosse (& Synergy Partners)
Landmark - Sponsor: Cleary Family / Landmark
Pump House - Sponsor: Cleary Family / Courtyard by Marriott
Cameron Park - Sponsor: City Parks Dept & La Crosse MTU
Burns Park - Sponsor: City Parks Dept & La Crosse County
Belle Square - Sponsor: LHI
Riverside South - Sponsor: OptumServe
Western - Sponsor: Western Technical College
Once you found a convenient hub, renting a bike is easy! Before you head out, Jacob recommends downloading the Koloni app and creating an account. Here is a quick video tutorial on how to sign up and use the Koloni app to rent out bikes. Better yet! YOUR FIRST RIDE IS ON WESTERN! Enter Referral Code: o7fg3s
Hopefully, this is just Phase 1 of the Drift Cycle Bike Share program. As word and usage spreads, there is hope to expand to new locations which may include:
100 Harborview/Main & 2nd
Festival/3 Rivers Plaza/360
UWL Union/Veterans Field
UWL Centennial Hall
WisCorps / Myrick Park
5th & Market / Washburn NA
LAX Boot Factory & Red Cloud
Campbell & Municipal Pool
Loggers & Copeland Park
Green Island / Eagle Crest
Looking for ways to get in contact with presenter, Jacob Sciammas? Look no further -
email: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 608-571-3791