P3s and Bike-Share Programs: The Gears Are Turning

The U.S. Department of Defense has been encouraged to explore a public-private partnership to implement to a bike-share program on military bases.

The recommendation is mentioned in a broader story about how the military wants to combat obesity with bases that encourage troops to walk and bike. Troops who don’t meet a minimum fitness standard can’t fight, and treating illnesses related to obesity and smoking costs the Pentagon $3 billion annually.

“From a readiness perspective, our service members are supposed to be fit,” said Ed Miles, director of strategy and innovation for military community and family policy at the Department of Defense. “But we’re just like everybody else. We lack time; we lack facilities.”

Fort Belvoir in Virginia piloted a bike-share program. “Guys were lined up at lunch for the bikes,” Miles told the Atlantic CityLab.

In addition to Army and Air National Guard locations, Kentucky is also home to two Army bases: Fort Knox in central Kentucky and Fort Campbell in western Kentucky, near the Tennessee border.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Company, which has two plants in Louisville, KY, has launched a bike-share program in San Francisco in collaboration with Motivate, a global leader in bike-sharing technology. Last fall, Ford, which is trying to evolve from an automaker to a mobility company, announced plans to develop P3s with cities to help alleviate strain on transportation infrastructure.

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