Cook County, IL (June 26, 2018) – First ride using new HOPR bike share app to “Bike the Preserves” is free for limited time
Integrating new dockless technology into its bikeshare program, the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) is making it even easier to enjoy more than 300 miles of paths and trails. Through a pilot program in partnership with HOPR and Bike and Roll Chicago, Cook County residents can “Bike the Preserves” without hauling a bike from home. With 500 dockless bikes to share (up from 50), and 50 hubs planned throughout the FPCC’s 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful, more families from across Chicago and Cook County can get active this summer with fun, affordable biking in the Forest Preserves.
“Not everyone who comes to the Forest Preserves owns a bike, so this is a great opportunity for Cook County residents and visitors.” said Forest Preserves of CookCounty President Toni Preckwinkle. “Expanding our bikeshare program is a great wayto get more people to enjoy the outdoors and our beautiful trails.”
To access the bikes, visitors download the “HOPR” app to their smartphone or tablet. The app enables users to unlock and re-park bikes from any of the hubs using their smartphone or tablet and pay $2.50 per trip for 30-minute rides, or purchase a $60 seasonal membership for 90 minutes of ride time per day through November 2018. Bike and Roll Chicago is responsible for ensuring bikes in the Forest Preserves are properly maintained and kept in peak condition.
“We’re proud to work with partners Bike and Roll Chicago and HOPR to provide another low-cost way for families to explore nature and get healthy this summer,” said ForestPreserves of Cook County General Superintendent Arnold Randall. “With this significant expansion of our bike services, we want to encourage more visitors to create their own bike adventure in the Forest Preserves.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the largest deployment of dockless bikeshare in the Chicagoland area and to bring HOPR’s technology to more riders on these landmark
Cook County trails,” said HOPR CEO Josh Squire. “The HOPR bikes will offer anotherinexpensive, convenient mode of transportation for those short trips or recreationaloutings.”
Dockless bikes are currently available at approximately half of the proposed hub locations throughout the Forest Preserves of Cook County, including stations along the North Branch Trail, and at Cermak Woods, Dan Ryan Woods Central, Whistler Woods, Glenwood Woods North and Lansing Woods. All hubs are slated to be completed in the next few weeks.
To experience dockless bikes in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, first-time HOPR app users can enjoy one complimentary 30-minute ride. The offer will be pre-loaded onto the app, and is available for a limited time.
For more information, including an interactive map featuring dockless bikeshare hublocations and Forest Preserves’ trails, visit fpdcc.com.
About the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Don’t you sometimes just want to escape? Explore the natural beauty of Cook County for anhour, a day or even a night. When you’re surrounded by 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful there’s no better place to feel free.
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About Bike and Roll Chicago
Bike and Roll Chicago is celebrating 25 years of delivering fun rides and amazing tours in the Chicagoland. Serving customers at Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Forest Preserves. To learn more visit www.bikechicago.com
CycleHop dba HOPR was established in 2011 to serve urban trips, under 5 miles, with shared 2-wheels. We operate bicycle share in 15 cities and a dozen campuses in the U.S. and Canada, and facilitate access to complementary transit options, over 5 miles, with the HOPR multi-modal app.
HOPR mobility products include Smart Bikes, electric bicycle and scooter share, and a multi- modal transportation platform. HOPR communities enjoy instant access to local bike share, ride share, trains, buses, car or scooter share, all with-in one app.