Bike share launching in Cedar Rapids in May

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A long-discussed bike share program will roll out in Cedar Rapids this May, coinciding with the start of bike to work week.

The system of 150 electric-assist bikes will start May 13th. Each e-bike will cost $1 up front and then 15-cents per minute to ride. So a one-hour ride will cost $10, or $5.50 for a half hour.

Users need to download an app to check out and return the bikes at one of 90 docking stations throughout the city. Riders will keep getting charged by the minute until a bike is returned. The bikes include a built-in GPS to help prevent theft.

The city plans to add fat tire man-powered bicycles later in the summer and add e-scooters in the fall. The pedal bikes will cost a lower rate of 5 cents per minute.

A vendor, VeoRide, will operate the system at no cost to the city, including tracking down lost or stolen bikes and fixing damaged ones. The city also won't see any of the revenues from the program but will get 20% of any sponsorship dollars to use towards improving bicycling infratructure.