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New Bike-Share Program Begins In Wichita

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The new bike share station near the Pop-Up Urban Park in downtown Wichita.

The City of Wichita has launched a new downtown bike-share program.

BikeShareICT will let people rent bikes by the hour, or purchase a $30 annual membership ($20 for college students).

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for one of the bike docks Thursday, Health ICT program manager Becky Tuttle said that the initiative is part of an effort to make Wichita more bike-able.

“Even though most of the stations are starting downtown, this really is for everyone in Wichita, and then for the people who join and visit our community," she said.

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Wichita City Councilwoman Lavonta Williams, left, and Wichita Community Foundation President Shelly Prichard take the bikes out for a ride Thursday.

So far there are 3 bike stations—at the Pop-Up park, the Garvey Center, and at the downtown YMCA. City planner Scott Wadle says 16 more are in the works, for a total of 100 bicycles.

“Hopefully within a month’s time, we’ll see a lot more of these stations," he says.

Wadle says the Wichita Bicycle Master Plan, approved by the council in 2013, included a recommendation that the city look at the feasibilty of a bike-share program."

"This is an opportunity to test it out on a tremendous scale," he says.

The program is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, which gave $194,000 to provide bikes and marketing for the first year of the program, as well as the Knight Foundation through the Wichita Community Foundation.

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