Lincoln may see the beginning of a local bike sharing program, with bikes and kiosks and the technology to accept payment and track the bikes, sometime in 2016.
The city has received a $600,000 federal grant, through the Nebraska Department of Roads, for starting a program in which people rent bikes for a short period of time, often to get from one part of a downtown area to another.
The city will have to come up with a 20 percent match, or $150,000, from donations, said Dave Cary, acting director of the city-county planning department.
The $750,000 is the estimated cost of 15 stations, 100 bikes and the technology that goes with bike sharing, Cary said. The technology includes GPS for the bikes and a system using swipe cards or phones for payment.
It will take time to raise the money and find a vendor. But supporters would like to be able to ride the bikes before the end of 2016, he said.