Dayton Bike Share hoping to be a ‘gear changer’

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Dayton Bike Share program is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Early Wednesday, crews were assembling several bike stations before bicycles hit the racks.

John Hoff, Project Manager for the Dayton Bike Share program, tells 2 NEWS that the bikes could signal a resurgence for the area.

“I believe this is going to be a big game changer for Dayton,” he said.

Workers piece together the station at the corner of 3rd St. & Patterson Blvd. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

The bicycles that will fill the 24 stations across the Greater Dayton area are being made this week. It’s those bikes, Hoff says, that may give new life for Dayton.

“This will be a great way to get people out on the streets. A good way to pull in our creative class, and keep people here who want to have an active lifestyle in the downtown area,” he said.

The process for renting a bike is simple, according to Hoff: select which one you’d like, insert a credit card and your 30 minute rental begins.

Just like a RedBox for video rentals, you can check out a bike — and return it to any location.

“You can jump on a bike very conveniently instead of having to transfer and jump on a bus, or have a long walk, and get to your destination,” Hoff explained.Rates for the bike share program:

–First 30 minutes: Free

–30 to 60 minutes: $2

–Each additional 30 minutes: $5Or, you can purchase memberships:

–24 hours: $5

–Monthly: $30

–Semester: $45

–Yearly: $65

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