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City leaders promise Portland bike-sharing program will be among best in U.S.

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On Wednesday, the City Council met to talk more about their plans to bring a new bike-sharing system to Portland and while the Rose City won't be the first to use a program like this, city leaders said it will be one of the best.

City leaders said Portland's program will be one of the most affordable in the country.

The plan is to have 600 bikes available. It will cost $2.50 to rent a bike for 30 minutes or you can sign up for a monthly membership, which will be around $10 a month. That membership means you can ride one for up to 90 minutes everyday.

Sixty U.S. cities already have bike sharing and there are more than 500 of them around the world.

City leaders have talked about doing something like this for several years, a two-million dollar federal grant for launching bike share was approved back in 2011, and additional funding is coming from ODOT and sponsors, so no taxpayer money will be used.

City officials said TriMet is busiest during rush hour, so the bike share can help lessen the crowds on those trips.

"About 20 percent of people use biking as their primary or secondary commute tool, but about half of those people only bike sometimes. So we see bike sharing as being a great tool. If it's raining in the morning you can jump on TriMet and if it's sunny when you go home you can hop on a bike share bike," said Steve Hoyt-McBeth, with PBOT.

City officials said they hope to have this program up and running by next July.

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