GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ August 16, 2017– Gloucester Township and Mayor David R. Mayer are excited to celebrate the launch of the new Gloucester Township Bike Sharing Program on August 16th, 11:30 am at the GT Bike Share Kiosk located at the corner of W Church Street and Washington Avenue next to the Health and Fitness Trail.
“With 51 open spaces and recreational fields and over 40 tot lots, we place a huge importance on wellbeing and quality of life of our residents,” said Mayor David R. Mayer. “We hope that this free bike renting program will significantly enhance our residents’ lifestyle and enable them to enjoy and explore our Township. The GT Bike Share program is ready for you to take a spin!” said Mayor David R. Mayer.
The kiosk features ten bicycles that are secured with Bluetooth locks. In order to ride a bike residents must first download and sign up for an app called Movatic on their smart phones. Once the registration is complete, riders will be given a code to unlock a bicycle. The bikes are free to ride. The location of the bike kiosk was selected based on proximity to community infrastructure resources such as the Township’s Health and Fitness Trail, parking and easy accessibility. Gloucester Township Public Works oversees the maintenance of the bikes as well as the docking station. The program was funded by both, Camden County Open Space Grant and Gloucester Township. The Gloucester Township Health and Fitness Trail runs in an abandoned railroad bed that roughly parallels the Black Horse Pike. The distance is approximately 3 miles with the trail passing by various recreational facilities, schools, businesses, and natural areas.
The Township intends to ultimately extend the path to Evesham Road, providing a total of 4.4 miles of an off-road paved trail for use by both bikes and pedestrians.
“The new Gloucester Township Health and Fitness trail starts on Main Street near Grenloch Lake and ends at Landing Road. One of most interesting things about the new trail is that it was actually repurposed from an abandoned railroad line, known as the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line, which was used in 1930s and 40s to bring people from Philadelphia region to the Jersey Shore for vacations and day trips. We are excited to bring it back to life for our residents to enjoy!” said Mayor David R. Mayer.