Sacramento Considers Bike-Sharing Program

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SACRAMENTO-

If you look around midtown, you're bound to notice plenty of people riding on two wheels.

Now the city of Sacramento is considering adding more bicycles to our area, with a regional bike-sharing program.

Similar concepts are already in place in the Bay Area and other cities around the country.

In our area, bikes would be available to rent at almost 90 docking stations throughout Sacramento, West Sacramento and Davis.

"It's super convenient for short trips under a half hour, and that's really the market for this," said Jim Brown, executive director of Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.

Brown feels bike sharing would help locals and visitors get around safer and easier.

"It will make our streets safer on bikes because we need to start thinking how visitors are going to get around on bikes.  It's certainly a way to make our transit system work better," Brown said.

An employee at City Bicycle Works in midtown tells FOX40 he welcomes bike sharing, even though it could be competition.

"I think it would be very good.  I think it's very handy. We wouldn't be offended by it.  We rent bicycles, and I think people would still rent bicycles if they wanted to do a more extended ride," said Gordon Ong.

At City Bicycle Works a bike rents for $20 a day.

It's unknown how much bike sharing will cost in Sacramento.

Bay Area Bike Share offers day memberships for $9.

The project is slated to cost about $4 million.

The plan will be discussed at Tuesday's Sacramento City Council meeting.

If all goes as planned, bike sharing could start in the Sacramento region as early as 2017.