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City officials celebrate new bike share program

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Mayor Charlie Hales (Photo: PBOT) Mayor Charlie Hales (Photo: PBOT)
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A bike sharing program is officially coming to Portland and on Thursday, city officials celebrated the program and showed off the bikes.

City officials including Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish gathered at City Hall along with Metro Councilor Sam Chase, Jay Walder, President and CEO of Motivate and Ryan Rzepecki, the CEO of Social Bicycles to celebrate the passage of Portland's bike share.

"We waited a long time for the right bike share proposal, but it was worth the wait," said Commissioner Steve Novick. "We have a great, experienced partner in Motivate; and we are taking advantage of new 'smart bike' technology. Bicycles are great weapons against two of the biggest threats we face: climate disruption and rising health care costs. Bike share is a great addition to our arsenal - and it's also an important tourist amenity."

There will be about 600 bikes around the city available to rent. It will cost $2.50 for a half hour or you can sign up for a monthly membership.

The Portland City Council passed a plan for bringing the bike share on Wednesday.

FOX 12 caught up with one cyclist at the celebration who said he will probably keep using his own bike but is excited about the opportunity for others.

"To think that visitors and whoever will have the same opportunity I do, that's phenomenal, that's really great," said cyclist Peter Marsh.

City officials hope to have the bike sharing program up and running by next July.

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