Austin, Texas, Unveils Bike Sharing Program

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City officials in Austin, Texas, have unveiled a bike-sharing program for municipal workers who need to travel short distances to get to meetings. The city bought 15 bikes that can be reserved online. Helmets and bike locks will be provided.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is a little clean energy in Austin, Texas: leg power. City officials yesterday unveiled a bike-sharing program. It's for municipal workers who need to travel short distances to get to meetings. Why only short distances? Why not, you know, miles and miles? Anyway, it's kind of like car sharing. You borrow the bike and bring it back to the same place. The plan could also ease traffic congestion in Austin, we're told, though there may be some congestion on the Internet, which is where city workers go to reserve their wheels, and the city only has 15 bikes available.

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