Bicycling enthusiast Mayor Daley was quite impressed by the bike-sharing program he saw in Paris in 2007, and since has been wanting to have a similar program in Chicago. Next month, it will happen.
"The idea was to bring European-style bike-sharing to the United States. Bike-sharing is an alternative form of urban transportation," Bob Burns, president of B-cycle, told the paper.
From the RedEye:
Riders can sign up for a membership fee of $35 for 30 days, $45 for 60 days and $55 for 90 days. A card will be mailed to them and riders can stop by a bicycle kiosk at McCormick Place, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Park District headquarters (541 N. Fairbanks Ct.) and two downtown locations yet to be announced.
Riders then swipe their membership cards to unlock a bike, which comes with a lock but no helmet. The first half hour is free and each additional half hour is $2.50. Also, riders who don't purchase a membership can use a credit card for a $10 daily membership pass and pick up a bike.
The program won't cost the city any money.
"They're intended to get you from point A to point B," Burns said. "The idea is to help people get around town on a bike instead of a car."