Federal grant complications: Boise bike share launch pushed to 2015

Idaho StatesmanMay 3, 2014 

Long story short Money for the bike-rental system was set to come through the wrong division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, said Dave Fotsch, of Boise Bike Share.

Hurry up and wait Working out the solution pushed the earliest possible launch date deep into the fall, Fotsch said, so it makes better sense to wait until spring. "It's kind of disappointing because I came into this job kind of wide-eyed and optimistic that we'd be able to roll it out this year," Fotsch said.

Who's paying for Boise Bike Share? A federal grant will cover the lion's share of the expected $324,000 startup cost, which includes the 140 bicycles. The city of Boise, Idaho Central District Health Department and Boise State University also chipped in money.

Does this mean Boise Bike Share is in trouble? Fotsch says no - it is simply delayed. "We'll get it, and we'll do it right," he said. "And people will love it."

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