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Austin Bike Share Program Rolls Forward

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

Federal money is on its way to Austin to try to get more of us to leave our cars at home and ride bikes.

The Austin City Council accepted a federal grant from the Texas Department of Transportation on June 27, 2012 in the amount of $1.5 million to implement a bicycle sharing program for Austin.

According to city staff, under the program agreement the local matching funds of $500,000 are to be provided by Bike Share of Austin. Bike Share of Austin currently has $150,000 secured and Thursday's City Council action is to accept those funds to begin the program. Bike Share of Austin has stated that the balance of the matching funds, $350,000, will be available in August 2013.

Austin's bike sharing program is like Car2Go. Just like the free-floating fleet, Bike Share of Austin would put 400 bikes at 40 strategic spots like bus stops and Metrorail stations.

"We see it as a great last mile piece of transportation," said Sara Hartley with the Public Works Department.

San Antonio has a similar bike share program. For some it's become the final piece of the transportation puzzle, helping them get from home to work without needing a car.  

On Thursday, the Austin City Council decides whether to give Bike Share of Austin its approval to move forward with the program. If the council votes yes, the first 100 bikes and 10 stations could be in place by December 2013.

By Bettie CrossAustin Bike Share Program Rolls Forward


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