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Bike sharing services rolling out across St. Louis today

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St. Louis city leaders are looking into bike sharing services. (Credit: KMOV) St. Louis city leaders are looking into bike sharing services. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Bike sharing services will be rolling out across the City of St. Louis Monday.

Alderman Scott Olgivie proposed the program earlier in the year. Months later, the city granted two companies, LimeBike and Ofo, permits to operate the dockless bike shares.

"In 1928 Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot if he won." Olgilvie said. "I am here to promise a bike in front of every home by the end of this summer."

The program allows users to find a bike through the company's app. After finding the bicycle, the app will give the user a code to unlock it. When the user is done using the bicycle, they will be able to leave it for the next person to find.

Monday's roll out featured 1,500 GPS-tracked bikes, and the companies will add 350 more per month until they reach 5,000. 

The city hopes the program will help close the gaps in public transportation routes and give tourists a fun way to explore St. Louis.

"It's a way for people to get around their neighborhood as well," said Liza Farr with Bi-State Development. "Get to grocery stores,get to healthcare.

Rental prices are expected to be relatively cheap (one or two dollars per hour) and 20 percent of the bikes are required to stay in low-income neighborhoods. 

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