Wheel deal: S.A. Council considers bike share program

Wheel deal: S.A. Council considers bike share program

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Wheel deal: S.A. Council considers bike share program

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by KENS 5 Staff

kens5.com

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 16 at 7:24 PM

Soon, you might not have to own a bike to get in on the city's cycling craze.

San Antonio officials are proposing a bike-share program that would allow members to swipe a pre-paid card, and rent bikes for a short period of time. The idea is to get more people moving faster and greener in the downtown area.

The Bike Share/Rental and Bike Tours Program would be offered at 14 different San Antonio locations to ease traffic in crowded areas, like downtown.  Each site would have 10 bikes available. Bikers would pay online or at the hubs for bikes they pick up at one point, and drop off at another location.

B'Cycle would provide the bikes, which are very distinctive, making it less likely they would be stolen. The program would be for a contracted amount of up to $841,579.

If the proposal goes through, a demonstration site is expected to be installed in October, to be followed by completion of all sites sometime in January.

Funding for the program would come fro the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The City Council would have to vote on the idea, which is on Thursday's Council agenda.

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