Paid bicycle-sharing system begins in Austin

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 11:32 AM

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.

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Online:

https://austin.bcycle.com/home/

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