Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
Come November, about 200 three-speed bikes will likely be clustered in more than 30 spots from Hallandale Beach to Pompano Beach, all yours to rent, says Broward County Transportation Director Chris Walton. They'll have baskets. And a GPS device that "tracks mileage, calories burned, and carbon offsets," according to a news release.
Walton said the county hopes Broward's new bike-share program will catch on among tourists perusing the beaches and locals working downtown -- wherever the peeps are, at least those not inclined toward theft or vandalism.
Here's how it works: Kiosks at places like
Hillsboro Inlet, Dania Beach City Hall, and the Hollywood Tri-Rail Station will hold a number of bikes. To rent one, either register online or swipe a credit card at the kiosk. It will cost you between five bucks per day to $45 annually. Rent the bike for as long as you like, and return it to any kiosk.
Supporters say the system eliminates the stress of waiting in traffic and finding a decent parking spot.
"We've had quite a bit of support" since the idea was first pitched in 2010, Walton says, and no one's really been too critical.
This is probably because the program won't cost the county or any participating cities a dime. On the flipside, Walton said, it won't make them any money either.
The company B-Cycle
, which manages bike shares in Madison, Chicago, and Denver, is the one carrying it out.
"We really just acted as facilitator," said Walton.
This comes just weeks after greater Fort Lauderdale ranked near the top in surveys measuring suckiest cities for both driving
Walton said the county's not too worried about the safety of the program, given Broward's profusion of bike lanes and plans on building more bike paths and greenways in the coming years.
As for theft?
"There's always that concern," Walton said. "Not to the degree that it would cause us to cancel the program."
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