But hey, when you are talking $4,642 per bike you can’t trust them to those lower income Bench Dwellers. We need a vibrant downtown and since most of downtown is either tax-exempt or has taxes diverted, those southwest residents are needed to pay the bills.
While the City, BSU, and the Health Department have pledged a mere $118,000 for the program, about $325,000 will come from the deeply indebted United States Government’s Highway Administration agency–the same sugar daddy used to move the “Big Mike” locomotive from Julia Davis Park to The Depot.
Not to be confused with the infamous “yellow bikes” or other share programs, this one depends upon 14 “stations” where riders can swipe a credit card to ride for 30 minutes free or pay extra for more time. Bike access can also be purchased through “memberships” for specific time periods up to a year.
According to the STATESMAN report, each station–all in the downtown area–will cost between $20,000 and $30,000.
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