Everyone is invited to attend a press conference planned for this morning at 10:30 a.m. in Eykamp Hall, Room 251 in Ridgway University Center to announce details of a new city-wide bike share program. The announcement will include details about the locations of seven stations across the city, information about how the program will work, and future expansion details.

Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke; UE president Thomas Kazee; Welborn Baptist CEO and executive director Kevin Bain; and Don Jones, Evansville Area Trails Coalition president and vice president of marketing and communications at UE will speak at the press conference and be available for media interviews immediately following.

Sponsors of the seven bike sharing stations will also be in attendance. They include: Deaconess Health System, St. Mary’s Health System, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, City of Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development, Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Welborn Baptist Foundation, and Meritain Health.

Also in attendance will be members of the Changemaker Challenge teams from the University of Evansville, Memorial High School, and Central High School. The Changemaker Challenge is dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs and innovators. The competition, put on by the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana, began at the college level with UE students and was opened up to area high schools last year. The teams from Central and Memorial high school both proposed a bike sharing project separately, and have since worked together to begin the process.

Additionally, a representative from Zagster, the company providing the bike share system, will also attend.