- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s largest city is considering creating a citywide bicycle-sharing program.

A spokeswoman for Portland says its department of planning and urban development is issuing a request for information from bike share vendors interested in working with the city. The spokeswoman says the city is interested in gathering information and “non-binding cost estimates” for a possible bicycle sharing program.

The bike sharing program would be geared to serve residents, commuters, tourists and others. The request for information does not include a selection process for a final vendor.

City Planning & Urban Development Director Jeff Levine says the city is looking for regional partners and private companies to bring a bicycle program to Portland. He says Portland is not going to be able to fund or implement a system on its own.

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