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Albuquerque's bike share program expands

Colton Shone
April 19, 2018 06:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There's a new way for you to get around Albuquerque. Rio Metro Transit has expanded its bike share program.

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Officials hope people ditch the car and instead pick up a bike to get around town. Rio Metro has teamed up with Zagster, a national company that sets up bike shares across the country, to bring Pace-ABQ to the city.

"Riding from the train to work if you're a commuter, residents enjoying the parks and the Bosque, tourists exploring the city's attraction's like the Albuquerque Museum and the zoo, and soon students riding back and forth across campus," said Travis Reik with Zagster.

First, you download the Pace app from the Apple Store or Google Play. Once you have it downloaded, you can see where all the bike stations are close to you. After that, you go to a bike and select it. Using Bluetooth, it unlocks it and then you enjoy your ride.

This is an expansion of a city pilot program that launched in 2015. That was called BICI, also run by Zagster. It started with 75 bikes and 15 bike share stations.

Two federal grants totaling more than $1 million helped boost the program to what it is today. Now there are 250 bikes with 50 bike racks.

"There's a real demand for this. We went to the community, went to the people who were using this. They wanted more flexibility. They wanted more bikes," said Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart-Stebbins.

Zagster officials say the high-tech locks make it hard to steal, and they can track the bikes. It costs $1 every half hour. The bikes can be returned to any Pace-ABQ station.

Rio Metro hopes this program continues to grow. They'd like to add 250 more next year and even more stations.

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