This Saturday, July 21, Anaheim will unveil the first of 10 kiosks to launch a new citywide bike-sharing program. As reported by KCET, the unveiling of that initial kiosk and the first 10 of ultimately 100 sharable bikes is scheduled for 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. at Harbor Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue near Center Street Promenade. According to the City of Anaheim, the “festival type” event will feature music, food and a bike agility course. Attendees to Saturday’s launch event will also receive a free 30-day membership to the program.
The one-year pilot program is in partnership with Bike Nation, a company based in Tustin. Bike Nation is funding the entire project, financing kisok installations and maintenance. All of it will be at no cost to taxpayers.
"We want to start in our own backyard, then look at other opportunities for expanding," said Derek Fretheim, chief operating officer of Bike Nation to the OC Register.
Bike Nation memberships run from $6 for a 24-hour membership with discounted prices at three days ($12), weekly ($25), monthly ($35) and yearly ($75). Students and seniors are eligible for the yearly subscriptions for only $50. The chainless bikes are made in America, and come with GPS technology.
After the launch of the Harbor and Lincoln kisok, additional kiosks are scheduled to be installed at Anaheim City Hall, the Convention Center, Metrolink Station, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim Resort on Katella Ave, the Honda Center, and Anaheim Garden Walk.
According to the OC Register, Bike Nation has already signed a deal with Los Angeles to operate 400 kiosks and 4,000 bikes by the end of year.