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The Phoenix City Council awarded a contract for a new bike share program at its formal city council [on Wednesday]. The winning bidder, CycleHop, LLC, will begin the process of implementing a system of short-term rentable bicycles, which is expected to be in operation by December, 2013.
During the first year of the contract, CycleHop, LLC will establish and operate a bike share network that will include up to 500 bicycles throughout the city of Phoenix. Access to the network can be obtained by making a reservation via the internet or a mobile device. Short-term bike share users will pay about $5 to access the system for the first hour and then pay $2 for each additional half-hour period, with a daily maximum rate of $25. Annual members will pay less to access the system, with similar rates after the first hour of use.
“Phoenix deserves to be one of the most bike-friendly places in the country, and this new partnership is a great next step,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “By developing this bike share program, we’re reminding residents and visitors alike that traveling on two wheels is a great way to see what Phoenix has to offer.”
The bicycles provided as part of the bike share program will use a GPS-enabled locking mechanism designed to connect with special hub locations. The bikes also will be able to lock at traditional bike racks if necessary.