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Orlando Bikeshare Program Aims to Start in Spring


October 4th, 2013 | WMFE- Orlando has chosen CycleHop to run the city's bike share program. The company plans to have a fleet of bicycles in the city by spring.

[Photo: courtesy of SunCycles]

CycleHop Orlando program director Peter Martinez says the bike share will be up and running by the time Central Florida’s commuter train- SunRail- begins service.

“That’s the goal, to get bikes on the ground before SunRail gets here," says Martinez.

"That way people who already have memberships, the first trip to downtown, or into the hospital area, on their first trip on SunRail they can ride it from there to wherever they need to go.”

The first phase of the program calls for 200 bikes at 30 downtown stations, with a long term goal of 1,000 bikes.

Martinez says the company is in talks with a healthcare provider about sponsoring the program.  

Orlando city commissioners still have to approve the bike share plan. Martinez hopes they’ll do so next month.

CycleHop beat Madison Wisconsin based B-cycle to win the Orlando bikeshare bid.

B-cycle operates bikeshare programs in Denver and Broward County.

CycleHop is also setting up bikeshare programs in Phoenix and Tampa.

 

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