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Bike sharing program launching in Las Vegas

Posted at 12:33 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 15:33:26-05
The Regional Transportation Commission has just approved the city's first bike sharing system.
180 bikes will be stationed all over downtown Las Vegas. You can pick one up, ride around, and then drop it off at a station that's close to where you want to go.

"What people are looking for are choices and especially when you're in an area like downtown and you have so many attractions that are relatively close to one another, you want to enable free movement between those attractions and that's what a bike share system does," said David Swallow, the senior director of engineering and technology with RTC.

The details haven't been finalized yet, but it is expected to cost around $80 a year. That will give you unlimited rides for up to 30 minutes. The idea is to help the environment, connect people to the community, and save cyclists the hassle of lugging around their own equipment.

"As opposed to having your own bike where you have to lock it up and worry about things now you just return it and you're done with it. So it's really just a short term rental," Swallow said.
Right now, the RTC is planning to setup 10 stations all over downtown by the end of August, but there is hope the program will expand all over town.