Free bike program to end in Austin after program taken advantage of

A bike share is now ending because bicycles are not being returned or they're returned damaged.

Posted: May 3, 2018 10:02 PM
Updated: May 4, 2018 6:43 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Vision 2020 red bike sharing program has made getting around Austin a lot easier. Now, residents won't be able to enjoy the free bike sharing service because there aren't any more bikes available.
Steve Kime is the 2020 Biking and Walking Committee Chairman. He tells KIMT News 3 that the program is currently not operating because people would borrow the bikes and not return them.
“People would call and say there are no bikes and I would say well they’re all in use,” said Kime.

But, that wasn't the case. Joel Smith rides a bike to work everyday during the summer. He said the program was a great idea.
“In theory, everyone would use the bike once or twice and give it back ... they took advantage of a good service,” said Smith.

Cities like New York, Detroit, Rochester and Mason City all have bike programs that involves riders using a credot card to use the bikes. Kime wanted to keep the service free.
“You would follow the motto Ride, Respect, Return. That’s what we were operating on,” said Kime.

Uncertain about what the future is like going to be for the program, Kime is looking at how other states are managing their bikes.

“It will come back...maybe as a different project.”

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