Chicago set to launch huge bike-sharing program

September 21, 2011 4:09:14 PM PDT
Chicago is stepping up its profile as a bike-friendly city, announcing Wednesday a new plan to launch a bike-sharing program.

The program is aiming to have 3,000 bikes and 300 stations by next summer.

Initial funding for the program will come from federal grants.

Currently, bike sharing in Chicago is a small private venture limited to 100 bikes at six stations at popular tourist destinations.

Officials say they don't see this as a bike program but as a new transit option.

"It's a way to link people from their last mile from the CTA stop to the train stations," said Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein. "It's a way for people to get to the grocery store."

The city's bike-sharing program is expected to be year-round.

Similar programs have already launched in cities like Boston and Washington, DC.

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