Boise looks to begin bike share program

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The public transit agency in Idaho's capital hopes to start a bike-sharing subscriber service in 2014 and says it's close to collecting enough state, local and federal money to fund the $650,000 start-up costs.

The Boise Bike Share would initially include 140 bikes subscribers could use for 30 minutes at a time.
In concept, it's similar to programs including in Kansas City.
Dave Fotsch, director of Bike Share, a Valley Regional Transit division, says a Federal Highway Administration grant will cover more than half expected $650,000 start-up costs for bikes and accompanying check-out stations.
The city of Boise contributed $64,000, with Boise State University and a local health district giving smaller amounts.
Fotsch hopes to have 1,000 subscribers this year.
He's hoping not to have to use taxes for operations.