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Portland rolls out the bicycle ride-sharing program

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

There was big news Wednesday for Portland cyclists as the city council announced a proposed plan to bring a new bike sharing system to the Rose City.

The plan is to have 600 bikes ready to ride by next year, working with the company Motivate, LLC, which would run the program.

Motivate is the business behind ride-sharing programs around the world including Seattle, Boston and Washington.

The proposed plan would offer 30 minutes of bike rental for $2.50, or a monthly membership fee that will be between $10 and $15.

Portland officials claimed that would be the lowest fee in the country. The service could be so cheap because of technology implanted in the bikes made by social bicycles.

With built-in locks and GPS systems, cyclists don't have to leave their bikes at designated hubs. Instead, for a small fee, riders can just leave it at any bike rack, meaning less infrastructure has to be built.

This plan was years in the making. Back in 2011 the city council passed a proposal for a $4 million bike sharking program, with $2 million coming from the federal transportation funds and the city paying for the other half.

However, a series of delays put those plans on the back burner until now.

The plan introduced Wednesday is cheaper, meaning the $2 million funded by federal grants will cover the program now, with rider fees maintaining operations.

Mayor Charlie Hales along with commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish are behind the idea.  The city council plans to discuss the proposal a week from Wednesday.

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