AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Efforts by one Central Texas city to go green have led to a pay-to-ride bicycle-sharing program.
The B-Cycle project in Austin began Saturday with 11 bicycle stations mainly in the downtown area. More than 100 three-speed bicycles are available for rental.
All of the cycles from the nonprofit Bike Share for Austin are red.
The environmentally friendly project is sponsored by a number of groups, including Downtown Austin Alliance, Capital Metro and Austin Community College.
Annual memberships cost $80. Others can use a credit card to access the system, choose a bicycle, pull it out of the dock and ride. The cycle can be checked back at any of the stations. There's no charge for the first 30 minutes.
A promotional $1 daily rate runs through Jan. 1.