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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • City bikes ready for next phase

  • Organizers of Nebraska City's “City Bike” program are scheduled to announce the next phase for the program at Monday night's city council meeting.

    In a letter to city commissioners, organizers Janet Palmtag and Alma Breckenridge said they set up the program in April of 2013 to “provide green, healthy and happy transportation.”
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  • Organizers of Nebraska City's "City Bike" program are scheduled to announce the next phase for the program at Monday night's city council meeting.
    In a letter to city commissioners, organizers Janet Palmtag and Alma Breckenridge said they set up the program in April of 2013 to "provide green, healthy and happy transportation."
    Bicycles were donated and students disassembled, painted and re-assembled them.
    The organizers said there were plenty of lessons to be learned at the onset of the program, but the five City Bikes were used by locals, visiting teachers and downtown shoppers.
    "The bikes are widely used and loved by many," they said.
    The next phase features B-Cycle, a bike sharing system used nationally including five stations in Omaha.
    City Bike organizers proposed two Nebraska City stations with 12 bicycles, but say one station with 10 bikes will be an acceptable start.
    With B-Cycle, durable three-speed bikes are available with the swipe of a bank card at no cost for the first half hour and $5 for the next hour.
    Costs for stations include software design $7,500, site preparation,
    $5,000; three Nexus bikes, $12,340; electrical service, $5,536 and bicycle docks, $9,470.
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