Bike Sharing System Coming To Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka's push towards a bike friendly city continues to move forward with the approval of a new bicycle sharing system.

Topeka Metro Transit Authority board members unanimously approved the purchase of 50 bicycles for $167,625 from Social Bicycles, a bike share technology company based out of New York.

Board members along with the Topeka Bikeways Committee chose SoBi over B-Cycle because of its inexpensive docking stations and GPS technology.

Jim Ogle, TMTA board member and WIBW-TV General Manager, said they plan to place the bicycle kiosks at four key sites throughout Topeka, with possibilities at Quincy Street Station, Washburn University and Gage Park.

"This program will make it a lot easier for people to mix health, outdoor activity and the current transit routes, while offering the city an alternative to buying more buses and spending more capital," said Ogle.

Users will be able to pay an hourly or annual fee to ride the SoBi bikes

Board members hope to have the system installed by August and available for use through November, before bringing the program back in the spring