Bike share program returning to Wichita

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The Wichita City Council has approved a new partner for the city's bike share program.

Bike Share ICT launched in 2017 and saw steady growth until March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

The city will now partner with Tandem Mobility, who purchased all assets from Zagster, who managed the program previously but went bankrupt. 

Council member Becky Tuttle was very enthusiastic about the return of the program. "It was a very, sad day back in April, when I got a call from (Wichita Transportation Department) Director Tann in the evening saying that Zagster had gone bankrupt but he made a commitment that we would bring it back. So thank you for all you've done. I really appreciate your extra effort," she said. The program will resume on December 1 and will be funded in large part through a $360 thousand sponsorship by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Wichitans who have missed paying rent due to the pandemic may be able to get some help.

The Kansas Eviction Prevention Program was established to help tenants and is funded through the CARES Act.

Landlords and tenants must apply jointly online. If approved, the tenant would be eligible for up to nine months of assistance, up to $5,000 per household. The applicant’s household income must be at or below 85 percent of the state median income. A household of four would have an income limit of $63,920.