Now in its second season, Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s free bike share program, BikeScranton, has expanded to include the Radisson Lackawanna Station. Located at 700 Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton, the historic hotel now offers the program to its guests as well as members of the community.
More than a thousand people have borrowed bicycles through BikeScranton, which launched as a pilot program in the spring of 2015. The goal of the program is to encourage people to adopt cycling as a form of regular exercise, and to explore the City of Scranton, and the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) in a whole new way. The program was made possible through funding from NEPA Health Care Foundation.
Participating in the program is easy. Bicyclists can visit one of five share sites in the city, including Lackawanna Heritage Valley headquarters at 213 South 7th Avenue in Scranton; the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center at 100 Adams Avenue in downtown Scranton; Strive Multisport (formerly Cedar Bike & Paddle) at 629 Pittston Avenue in South Scranton; or the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton, on the corner of Monroe Ave. and Linden St. Participants must be age 18 or older, present a valid driver’s license or valid identification, and sign a liability waiver in order to borrow a bicycle. Helmets are provided.
Bikes may be borrowed for a few hours or a full day, depending on the hours of the bike share site. To help them plot a course for their adventure, cyclists will be given a map of downtown Scranton and information about the trail system.