Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans City Councilman Jason Williams demonstrate bikesharing during the city's pilot program.
The city of New Orleans will launch its bike share program
early next month with a total of 70 stations and 700 bicycles, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration announced this afternoon. It's the first step in what the city says will be a minimum of 90 stations and 900 bikes in the program, which is called Blue Bikes NOLA
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Bike rental fees vary; riders can pay a flat $8 per hour, or purchase a "monthly pass" which allows for up to one hour's bike use a day. Low-income people can purchase an annual pass for $20 that allows one hour of bike usage a day, but what qualifies as "low income" hasn't been announced either by the city or by Blue Bikes NOLA.
Bike sharing has proved a popular option in many cities, but Baltimore recently hit a snag when so many bikes were lost, stolen or vandalized that the city had to halt the program
to improve security.