Austin accepting recommendations on bike share locations

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Austin is now accepting recommendations from the public for potential bike share locations. The city is using the location suggestions and votes on the locations to select the upcoming kiosk sites.

The first 10 stations, with 100 bikes, will open by the end of year, with help from the public suggestions. The remaining 30 stations and 300 bikes will open in the spring of 2014.

The company will provide the city with 400 bicycles, 600 docking stations and 40 kiosks. The stations will have mapping systems to help riders navigate the city, and the operating functions will be available in English and Spanish. The system’s Apple and Android mobile apps will provide dock and bike locations and give overdue notices to riders.

In June, Austin City Council approved a $150,000 partnership with Bike Share of Austin as a managing partner and system operator, as well as an equipment contract with vendor B-Cycle. B-Cycle systems are in use in 17 cities around the country.

People can add a location or vote at www.votebikesharesaustin.com. The interactive map allows voters to create locations, comment or tweet about previous suggestions and view information about the program's progress.

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