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Austin's Bike-Sharing Program Delayed

Austin is full of bike lovers. But not everyone has the wheels with which to whip around town. Enter: bike sharing. 

Just not yet.

Annick Beaudet of the Public Works department tells KUT News that the program has seen “complications,” and that a launch planned for this spring– which would’ve coincided with May as National Bike Month – will be delayed.

Austin’s Public Works Department has been tasked with executing Austin’s bike-share program since a positive vote from City Council in January. But there has been little visible progress on the measure as of late.

Beaudet said that her department is looking for potential candidates to facilitate the program that would reportedly feature 40 bike stations across town and 400 bikes to rent. Beaudet could not comment on any possible candidates for the contracts, or give details as to when the program will be up and running, other than “some time this year.”

Meanwhile, New York’s bike-share program will launch within the next two weeks, with already 10,000 participants signed up for the service. 

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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