Austin prepares for bike share program launch

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on December 15, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 15 at 7:00 PM

AUSTIN -- If you want to get around the city on two wheels, a new program promises to make that a little easier.

On Saturday, Dec. 21, non-profit Austin B-cycle will launch 11 bike sharing stations at locations including one near city hall and another at 11th Street and Congress Avenue near the State Capitol. By March 1, the group will add 29 more.

"It's kind of like Car2Go, the car borrowing system, but for bikes," said Austin resident Chiquita Smith.

Users will pay at a kiosk with a credit card. It will cost $8 to use a bike for a day and $80 for an annual membership.

"It's a great way to unlock the city and get from point A to point B quickly," said Austin B-cycle executive director Elliott McFadden. 

The program is funded by a $1.5 million federal grant and a $500,000 private grant from local companies including Whole Foods and Cirrus Logic.

For the first 10 days, cyclists will be able to try out the bike sharing program for $1 per day. That incentive will on New Year's Day.

For more information on the bike sharing program, go here.

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