Shanks explains in addition to the bike racks at the Illinois Terminal, they also have six bike lockers that they rent monthly, quarterly or annually and they have bike repair stations.
Each city has a unit they are responsible for and MTD maintains the one at the Illinois Terminal. “We go out and check to make sure that everything is in good order; the tools are usable. The only thing we’ve had to do in about a year and a half, the only thing that’s actually broken on it thus far is the bike pump, which makes sense because it gets a lot of usage.”
He says, “We’ve attempted to partner with the biking community as another alternative means in order to support multimodal transportation.” He continues, “I don’t see why we wouldn’t embrace most every part of that.”
Of all that they’ve accomplished and ventured into, Volk says, “Our board has been willing to go in and take some risks and go in to different things.” He also says of MTD’s accomplishments, “I don’t think there’s any formula. It’s recognizing the situation and then taking advantage of it.”