Costa Rica News – In just a year Cartago will be the first province to launch a public bike rental service. This will work within the central canton of Cartago, providing a healthy and clean form of transportation within the city.
The plan would not only lower vehicle emissions, but provide a form of physical exercise that’s fun. The plan would cover five kilometers. The rental will cost less than bus fare. An ID card will be required to take one as will a permission slip if the rider is a minor.
The initial project will begin with 100 bikes and it will be expanded as donations come in from various banks willing to help fund it.
The pilot plan will run for a year and focus on students at the local universities, who can use the bikes for up to 90 minutes for free. They can pick the bikes up at the train station or at the colleges.
Eventually there will be 12 stations to pick them up from and each station will be made from a recycled shipping container.
Each bike will have a gps in it. This initiative comes two years after Cartago opened a metropolitan bikeway with eight sections.