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Thursday, August 15,2013

Bike share hoped to be re-launched next week

Organizer says nearly two-week delay caused by locking malfunction should be cleared up by next week

by Andy Balaskovitz
A group of racks on East Michigan Avenue as part of Capital Community Bike Share. After a delay, organizers hope to re-launch the program by the end of next week. Andy Balaskovitz/City Pulse

Thursday, Aug. 15 — Forty bike racks installed throughout the city as part of a new bike-sharing program have been empty since being unveiled 12 days ago. Organizers hope that won't be the case by the end of next week.


When Capital Community Bike Share launched as part of a press conference outside City Hall on Aug. 4, malfunctions with the locking system kept 20 bikes from being deployed in areas throughout the city, including Old Town, downtown and in the Stadium District.


Lynne Martinez, a consultant with the bike share, said five new bikes are expected on Friday. The group will test them out before installing the other 15, which she hopes will be next week, as originally planned.


“We want to take care of our customers and not put faulty bikes on the road,” she said. “We are correcting one little mistake.”


As part of the program, which is open to the public, users can buy a membership or non-members can pay an upfront fee to use a bike. Riders are then charged based on how long they use the bike.


A $40 membership in the pilot waives the $5 upfront fee to use a bike, which non-members have to pay. For members and non-members, the first 30 minutes are free. Thirty-minute increments after that cost $2 each. For example, it would cost a non-member $7 to use a bike for 30 to 60 minutes, or $9 for 60 to 90 minutes.

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