Rio de Janeiro to have public bike rental program

AP News
Posted: Oct 28, 2011 4:57 PM
Rio de Janeiro to have public bike rental program

The Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro is implementing a public bike rental program, following in the footsteps of Paris, Washington, Mexico City and San Francisco.

The system was inaugurated Friday with 11 bike rental stations in the beach-side neighborhood of Copacabana.

The mayor's office says 60 secure docking stations will be installed across the city by Dec. 13, making 600 bicycles available to the public. The bikes can be returned at any station, giving riders freedom to hop on and off where needed.

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Users have to register online and buy a daily pass for $3 or monthly pass for $6.

Rio's system is modeled after the bike-sharing program implemented in Paris in 2007 and reproduced by many cities around the world.