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Boise Bike Share Program On Schedule To Start This Month

Adam Cotterell
Boise State Public Radio
Boise GreenBike director Dave Fotsch with one of his organization's new bikes.

Boise’s long-awaited bike share system will begin installing stations downtown this week. Boise GreenBike hopes to have its first 15 stations operational, and its first 114 bikes on the road by the end of April.

Boise GreenBike Director Dave Fotsch says four years' worth of work will culminate in the next few weeks. 

“We have all the bikes, we have the computers and batteries for the bikes," Fotsch says. “We have all the station components. As we get bikes ready, and stations on the ground and ready to go, we’ll start rolling the bikes out.”

Each bike has an onboard computer that tracks it and locks it to bike racks.

Patrons can sign up for monthly or yearly memberships on Boise GreenBike’s website or with its smartphone app. Riders will also be able to pay by using credit card kiosks at 10 of the 15 bike stations.

“You can come into town in your car and just leave it there,” Fotsch says. “If you want to go to an appointment, go to coffee, lunch, now you can get on a bike without having to get in your car and do the search for parking downtown.”

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