- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Rental bikes are coming to Eugene under a $1.2 million contract between the city and the New York-based company Social Bicycles.

The city will buy the bikes, customized locking bike racks and other items form the rental company, the Register-Guard reported (https://bit.ly/2esdBfw ). In return, Social Bicycles will run the rental system and keep the bikes in good repair for five years.

Eugene secured a state subsidy that will pay for most of the equipment, including the bicycles, which cost $1,870 each. The program is scheduled to start by October 2017 with 300 bikes and 35 stations.

People can rent the bikes for short trips and return them to the self-service stations, said Reed Dunbar, the city’s associate transportation planner. Local businesses have already begun calling the city and asking for bike stations to be placed near them, he said.

“People seem very curious and excited about it,” Dunbar said.

Rental rates are set by Social Bicycles. The company says it has not yet determined a price for the Eugene system.

Portland launched a bike rental program it calls “Biketown” in July, and it also contracts with Social Bicycles.

“The bikes are fantastic,” said Bradley Maier, a Portland attorney who uses the system to run errands and attend legal hearings. “They’re easy to ride and access.”

___

Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide