Austin prepares to launch bike sharing program

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on August 1, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 7:40 AM

AUSTIN -- Austin officials are preparing to launch a bike sharing program. Thursday morning the City will put a sample bike and kiosk on display at City Hall.

The kiosk is fitted with bicycles that program members can borrow to get around town. It’s similar to the car2go program, only instead of cars, members borrow a bike.

“There will be people using them for commuting, and then of course if you’ve parked your car in a garage downtown and you want to go to the east side, it would be a lot easier just to hop on a bike than it is to navigate traffic in your car at any time of day,” explained Bike Share co-founder, David Rockwood.

The bicycles are equipped with GPS tracking, a built-in cable lock and lights. Austin plans to get about 400 of them on city streets. They'll be stored at 40 different kiosks.

Organizers are now focusing on where to install those kiosks. Right now they are looking at downtown and East Austin. They’re accepting public suggestions Thursday at City Hall from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Recommendations can also be made online.

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