Mayor Announces Bikeshare Partner

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 3:26 PM PDT
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Mayor Announces Bikeshare Partner

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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has announced the company that will help operate a new bikeshare system in the city.

The new system would allow residents or tourists to pick up a bike at one share station and drop it off at another station.

Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria joined Sanders on Friday in welcoming DECOBIKE, a Miami-based firm, to the partnership. The city hopes to bring in some revenue from the program, which will not use public funds.

City officials said the bikes will likely be in downtown and mid-town with the potential to reach the beaches as well. The company says there will be 1,800 bikes and 180 stations throughout the city.

Around 25 tested out the bikes and gave their feedback about the vendors in September at Petco Park.

The council will vote on whether to approve the contract before the city can determine where exactly the locations will go and how much the program will cost.

City officials estimate that the program should come online next year. It will be the first of its kind in the region.

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