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MPO renames El Paso's bike share program in efforts to sustain it

MPO renames El Paso's bike share program in efforts to sustain it

POSTED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 5:38pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 5:52pm

Group says the city will continue to add stations in the upcoming years

El Paso's bike share program will no longer be referred to as a 'pilot program'. Metropolitan Planning Organizers have decided to rename it - 'phase one'.

It's a move that was unanimously approved at Friday's meeting. Community members from the group VELO Paso Pedestrian Bicycle Coalition urged the MPO to change the name because they claimed, referring the bike share program as a 'pilot program' could mean a certain death.

The bike share program will set up eight station throughout Downtown El Paso and UTEP, allowing subscribers to use a bike at one station then drop it off at another. The new plan will implement the new stations and also allow for growth.

"With a smaller program it will take a little longer but given the really enthusiastic support that we saw here today at the MPO I know we're going to get there," Sarah Rich of VELO Paso said.

$288,000 from the City of El Paso, UTEP, and federal monies will go into the program.

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