Beginning this July the city of Boston is launching a bike share program similar to those already existing in many major cities in Europe. The program is set to begin with 600 bikes at 61 kiosks throughout the city and they hope to grow to as many as 5,000 bikes at more than 300 kiosks extending into the neighborhoods surrounding Boston.The program is designed work similarly to the car sharing system of Zipcar with memberships ranging from $5 a day to $85 a year.
The city was able to fund the program mainly through grants and donations (without relying on local taxpayer dollars) and should be able to maintain it through membership fees.
Hopefully this kind of self-sustaining initiative will encourage more people to use this much greener and healthier form of transportation.
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