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Anaheim to launch bike-sharing program this weekend

July 19, 2012 |  6:30 am

Anaheim will open a bike kiosk.

Anaheim is launching a bike-sharing program this weekend, similar to programs in Boston, Denver and Minneapolis.

A private company will open a kiosk with 10 bikes at a weekend event as part of a one-year pilot program approved by the City Council earlier this year.

Eventually, the plan is to have an automated system of kiosks, where riders can rent from one station and return the bikes to another.

Bike Nation eventually plans to roll out 10 kiosks and 100 bikes for residents and visitors, said Derek Fretheim, the chief operating officer with the company, which is based in Tustin.The company is investing about $1.3 million in the Anaheim project.

The self-service system will also make its way to Los Angeles by year’s end with initial plans to add 400 stations and 4,000 bikes to various areas of the city.

“The wave in the country is to see how a bike-share system can help the community as a whole,” Fretheim said. “Bicycling is the cheapest and most flexible form of transportation out there.”

The bike-sharing program is one of many ways that Anaheim is attempting to diversify its transportation options, said Kris Murray, a city councilwoman.

“There’s no municipal bike-sharing program anywhere on the West Coast right now,” she said. “It’s an exciting opportunity.”

The first kiosk will be at Harbor Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, and additional stations will be added in upcoming months, including the convention center, the Metrolink station and the Anaheim GardenWalk.

Prices vary, but a single 24-hour membership is $6. A monthly membership is $35. Trips shorter than 30 minutes will be free.


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Photo: Anaheim will open a bike kiosk. Credit: Bike Nation