Kansas City to expand bike sharing project

File photo of Kansas City, Mo. skyline (KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A program that allows people to rent bicycles is expanding in Kansas City.

Bike Walk KC has received funding to expand the cycle sharing program into the Westport, Country Club Plaza, Brookside, Waldo and 18th Street and Vine neighborhoods.

KSHB-TV reports the 13 new stands will join 12 stands that have been available in downtown Kansas City since 2012.

The programs allow riders to rent bikes for a day or the year. The bikes are fitted with GPS devices and kept on bike racks throughout the city.

Bike Walk KC Executive Director Eric Rogers says about 5,000 riders used the bikes in both 2012 and 2013 and a 10 to 20 percent increase is expected this year.

The long-term goal is to have 200-300 stands throughout the metro area.



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