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City wants bike share suggestions

COOLUMBUS, Ohio – The city wants to hear your ideas about how to implement the new bike-sharing program.

Mayor Michael Coleman announced the program, similar to those in cities like New York, Boston and Minneapolis, in November.

“The success of the bike share system will depend upon community support. Therefore we will need community input in order to make it convenient and useful for our residents,” Coleman said.

The $2.3 million system allows users to borrow one of 300 bikes from any of 30 downtown locations, ride for any amount of time and return it to any of the kiosks.

By visiting the Department of Recreation and Parks website, residents can suggest up to five locations where they believe bike share kiosks would be most successful, according to a release from Coleman’s office.

The city and its contractors will consider the suggestions while also evaluating space requirements, visibility clearance and other criteria in deciding on the final locations in March with installation to begin this summer.

Users can also send in suggestions for the official name and color scheme of the system.

The person who submits the best system name will win a free program membership for a year.

Submissions for both station locations and names will be accepted until midnight on Feb. 29.

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