City to begin bike-rental program

Program to start downtown, beach areas

SAN DIEGO -  

The city of San Diego will start a bicycle-rental program next spring, starting with kiosks located around downtown and the beach communities, city officials announced Monday.

The service could be extended to other neighborhoods in the future. The announcement was made at a news conference at Petco Park.

"The bike share program is a perfect fit for the San Diego lifestyle as it promotes healthy living and clean transportation," said Mayor Jerry Sanders. "It will also help facilitate travel to and from trolley and bus

stations by providing last-mile solutions for commuters."

Three companies -- B-Cycle, Bike Nation, and the Sandvault Group -- will demonstrate their bike-sharing programs to residents and take feedback on customer experience. The city plans to form partnerships with vendors who will actually run the program.

Costs for taking out the bikes have not been determined, according to a local media outlet.

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