Get ready to see more bicycles in downtown Topeka.
Kansas First News reporter Vanessa Martinas tells us more about a bike rental program that is coming to the capital city this summer.
“It’s really an exciting time to be a cyclist,” Karl Fundenberger said.
He rides his bike everyday.
He says a new rental bike program will make it easier to wheel around in the capital city.
“I’ve used the bike share systems in a few other places when I’ve been traveling and it’s such a convenience to have that available,” Fundenberger said.
The Topeka Metropolitan Transit is spending $162,000 on 50 bikes, 75 bike racks, 7 hub locations and 4 registration kiosks.
All Social Bikes or SO-BI’s will have an on-board transaction computer that will allow you to check out and pay for the bike.
Riders can charge the bikes on an hourly rate or an annual fee.
The total cost is already in TMT’s budget for this year.
TMT’s General Manger Susan Duffy says there is an increasing demand for this nationwide and in topeka.
“I can just look at a map, find a bike, get on and go,” Fundenberger said.
Fundenberger says it will give visitors an easier way to tour the city.
“People are always visiting the capital city for business at the state house or maybe there’s a conference here that they’re attending,” Fundenberger said.
Bike racks will be at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Gage Park, Quincy Street Station and Washburn University.