RTC to launch bike rental program downtown

By Karen Castro | kcastro@8newsnow.com

Published 09/28 2016 09:44PM

Updated 09/28 2016 09:44PM

People who live and work in downtown Las Vegas now have the opportunity of getting around and avoid traffic.  The Regional Transportation Commission is launching its first ever bicycle rental program called "bike share."

The program will benefit people like Rosario Green who uses his bike for transportation every day.

"I ride my bike every day," Green said.

Green says he uses his bicycle for work to make deliveries for a downtown Las Vegas sandwich shop.

"We do like 30 miles a day on our bikes so anytime between one to 30 you're gonna get a flat possibly," Green said.

However, should he get a flat after the launch of the RTC's bike share program, he'll at least have another option.

With the new bike share program, a total of 21 stations have been installed all over the downtown area.

"It's a way for folks to be able to get around the downtown area in a very convenient and fun way," said Ron Floth, bicycle and community coordinator for the RTC.

The RTC says it received a $1 million federal grant to purchase the equipment, along with 180 bicycles.  The bike share program will cost an estimated $600,000 a year to run the system.

The RTC says it has hired a private company to operate and maintain the program.

"The program is really designed to bridge that last mile gap so folks can come in on transit, grab a bike, and take a bicycle to their final destination," said Floth.
    
Bike share is also expected to reduce congestion in the area, depending on the number of rentals.  It will cost $4 per every 30 minutes; $8 a day and $20 month.

However, the bicycles can only be rented out for 30 minutes at a time.  Riders who plan to keep them longer will need to re-check the bikes at the nearest station.

"Folks will be able to walk up to a dock, check out a bike from one location and ride it to another and check back in," Floth said.

The system is an absolute convenience for residents like Green who says they just set up a bike share in front of his apartment complex, so he plans on using it.

The RTC's bike share program officially launches on Friday.

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