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ArborBike Bike Sharing Program Gearing Up For Fall Launch

Aug 4, 2014

It's taking a little longer than expected, but the Clean Energy Coalition's ArborBike program is gearing up for a fall launch.

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Nick Helmholdt is operations manager for the bike share program, which was originally targeting a June kick-off.  He says plans now call for installation of equipment the first week in September.

"We are currently targeting the 12th of September as a public launch date," Hemholdt says.

10 of the planned 14 bike sharing stations will open this fall. 

Helmholdt says one benefit of the delayed launch is that the city and university portions of the project - which they'd figured would be phased in separately - will now come into being together. 

Among the reasons for the delay: working out legal language for display of sponsor names on the bikes, and approval of waivers for the location of some of the bike sharing stations.