Boise & Garden City

Get a first look at Boise GreenBike, the new bike-sharing system

Organizers Wednesday showed off one of 15 bicycle stations expected to open by the end of April, this one at Boise’s Grove Plaza.

Once the system is up and running, 114 public bikes will be available for use across Downtown and at Boise State University. Annual memberships costs $70 for an hour of riding per day, or a pay-as-you-go rate of $4 per hour. A discounted annual membership is available for students.

Boise GreenBike is run by Valley Regional Transit. A project long in the works, it had been expected to launch in 2014 but was nudged back due to complications with a federal grant.

The money from the U.S. Department of Transporation covered a large part of the project’s startup costs. Valley Regional Transit hopes to cover ongoing expenses through memberships and corporate sponsorships. The first two sponsors, SelectHealth and St. Luke’s Health System, were on hand for Wednesday’s event.

To learn more, visit Boise.GreenBike.com or download the Social Bicycles app for iOS or Android.

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