2017-08-17 / News Briefs

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Bike Share expands

FLINT — The Flint Bike Share Program is expanding and upgrading.

Launched in July 2016, the project allows residents and visitors to check out bicycles to ride around town. It is operated in conjunction with the bike company Zagster and the Flint Walk & Bike Group.

Recently, three new bike stations were added, bringing the total to seven, and all stations received upgrades to the technology, allowing riders to check out bikes via Bluetooth connections from mobile devices.

New stations are located in the Flint Farmer’s Market, the downtown MTA Transit Center and Stepping Stone Falls. Existing stations are at the Flint Cultural Center, Genesee County Parks Administration Building and two stations on the University of Michigan- Flint campus.

The cost to rent a bike is $2 per hour with the first 30 minutes free. To check out a bike, riders need to download the Zagster Mobile App. Individuals without smartphones can also check out bikes via text message.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program can visit the Flint Bike Share website at www.zagster.com/flint.

Additional program partners include Hurley Medical Center. the Flint River Corridor Alliance and Recycle Bike Shop & Mobile Bike Repair.— L.R.

Land Bank gets demo grant

LANSING — The Genesee County Land Bank has received a $500,000 grant from Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The grant will pay for demolition of seven blighted commercial properties in key nodes within Flint’s Innovation District. Demolition will take place in collaboration with public and private sector partners, including the City of Flint, the Flint and Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Genesee Metropolitan Planning Commission and private developers.

The local Land Bank was one of 19 entities to receive more than $3.6 million in grants. Thirty-six applications came in from all over the state, totaling nearly $6.2 million in requests for funding.

“An investment in blight elimination is an investment in the future of our great state,” Poleski said. “These blight grants will trigger economic growth and improve public safety in towns and neighborhoods from the U.P. to southeastern Michigan,” said Earl Poleski, MSHDA executive director. — L.R.

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