This summer, the Bay Area Transportation Authority is introducing a new bike transportation system on the Traverse City-Suttons Bay Loop.
The new service, named Bike-n-Ride, will allow riders to bike the 17-mile trail north to Suttons Bay one way, then return by bus with their bikes on board. The program costs $3 per person. There is no additional charge for the bikes.
BATA officials say the program is modeled after a successful program in Aspen, Colorado.
"We believe there is a pent-up demand for this service, so we expect it to run near-capacity this summer," said Carrie Thompson, of BATA. "It will be especially convenient and fun for both tourists and casual cyclists, but avid cyclists might occasionally find it useful as well."
The buses will be retrofitted to hold 11 bikes and child trailers inside.
The program will begin July 11 and runs through September 2.