Bike-Share Vendors Compete for City Partnership

By Brandi Powell
|  Monday, Sep 17, 2012  |  Updated 1:28 PM PDT
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Bike-share vendors vied for the favor of the City of San Diego Monday afternoon in Petco Park.

Bike-share vendors vied for the favor of the City of San Diego Monday afternoon in Petco Park.

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Three potential bike-share vendors are vying for a spot at a public-private partnership with the City of San Diego.

Bike-sharing could be the newest way for people to get to work, hang out around town, or exercise. In the bike-share system, residents or tourists, could get on a bike at a bike-share station, and drop it off at a station that is nearest to their final destination.

City officials said they will likely be in downtown and mid-town. and maybe even the beaches.

Around 25 people strapped on their helmets today at Petco Park to try out the options.

Mayor Jerry Sanders and other city employees spoke about the environmental, health and economic benefits of a bike-share program in San Diego. Afterward, the vendors talked with San Diego residents about why their bike-share program would be best.

The City says no public funding will be used to pay for the program. But they're trying to get some sort of revenue share, because the goal is to make money off of this new endeavor.

Erik Dorthe, a San Diego resident, told NBC 7 he would love to have a bike-share program so that he doesn't have to worry about locking his bike up.

The vendor has not been selected, so prices are not yet pinned down.

"Under $2 a day sounds reasonable if I found that I was using the system a lot,” said Dorthe. “It might be one of those things where if I don't need to commit for more than a month, because seasonally that might change it, so a monthly membership and less than $2 a day sounds reasonable to me."

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