Boise Bike Share could be up and running by summer

Boise Bike Share could be up and running by summer »Play Video

Tourists sit on bikes that are available as part of a bike share program Monday, May 27, 2013, in New York. The privately funded Citi Bike bike-share program will launch with 6,000 bikes at 330 docking stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. Officials hope to expand to 10,000 bikes and 600 docking stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise Bike Share received it's final bids for a new bike share program. Depending on which company wins the contract the new kiosk could be up and running by March.

Bike share allows people who sign up to take one of 140 different bikes from 14 different kiosks, and then drop it off at a different kiosk. Boise Bike Share Director Dave Fotsch said the program could make the city more livable while relieving congestion.

" Instead of getting into your car to run a short errand or go to lunch you will get on a bike. It doesn't pollute it reduces congestion, and you get a little exercise along the way," said Fotsch.

Fotsch notes that because downtown streets don't have room to be widened it's better to have more people using bikes.

He also said this isn't meant to be a bike rental service, but rather an alternative for people to get around for a short trip.

Users would have an annual membership fee of $75, and then would pay for time over a half hour of use.

Fotsch said they are looking into reduced rates for students, senior, and veterans. Possibly for companies with workers downtown.