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Bike share program coming to La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - A bike share program is set to launch in April.

La Crosse Neighborhoods Incorporated Vice President Jacob Sciammas said affordability is another reason for the project.

UPDATE: "A lot of information is still in the works of being decided," Sciammas said.

Spearheaded by La Crosse Neighborhoods Incorporated, a significant number of different public and privatized local organizations worked to fund the project and members said the goal is to make transportation more accessible.

The bicycle project started in 2015.

Pricing is being discussed by the sponsor committee, but in a lot of bike share communities it costs $1.00 for every 15 minutes someone checks out a bike.

"If you're a person that just wants to take a bike for a short ride for a dollar every fifteen minutes you can use that bike," Sciammas said. "We're really good at driving cars around town. We just want to make it easier for bikes to be included in our transportation system."

Riders need a smartphone to download the "Koloni" app and then pay for access to bikes at any of the eight stations located throughout La Crosse.

"From what I understand, it's very simple to understand," La Crosse Parks, Forestry, Building & Grounds Manager Dan Trussoni said. "It's easy to access. The bikes are going to be there and they're going to be reset daily so you can count on transportation at this location every time you show up."

"They'll be able to go to these different stations and checkout a bike similar to checking out a book at the library," La Crosse Parks and Recreation Director Jay Odegaard said. "And [then they can] take that bike and be able to ride to get a sandwich or get groceries or whatever they need to do."

Advocates for the project highlighted that these bikes could minimize vehicle traffic and reduce the city's transportation carbon footprint.

Sciammas said the bikes will be orange.

The first phase of the project includes 40 bicycles which could increase depending on how the community uses them.

The bike share locations are currently proposed at the following:

-Western Technical College/La Crosse City Hall

-Riverside Park North/International Friendship Garden

-Landmark/Hampton Inn/Southside Fest Grounds

-Pump House/Weber Center/Marriott

-Cameron Park Market/Grand River Station

-Burns Park

-Belle Square

-Waterfront/Riverside Park South/La Crosse Center

Marcus Aarsvold

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