We want your opinions

August 05, 2007

ISSUE:

Aiming to get people into alternative modes of transportation, the city of Annapolis will launch an incentive program this fall to boost the use of electric scooters and bikes. As part of the Annapolis Pass program, people who buy scooters and bikes will get discounts at local businesses. The city is recruiting shops and by the end of the month will have a number of restaurants and stores on board, city officials said. Participants will get half off on bus rides.

The city offers a free fare zone for bus riders between Compromise Street and West Gate Circle. About 1.2 million customers a year use the city bus system, and the city expects increased demand.

This summer, the city launched a free bike-loaner program at City Dock and about 45 people, mostly visitors and boaters, have borrowed bikes.

YOUR VIEW:

What else can the city do to encourage people to leave their cars at home - or at least not downtown? What would convince you?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be printed next Sunday.

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