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Tucson cranks up bike-share planning

The city released a map of possible stations for a proposed bike-sharing system Tuesday. Concentrated in Downtown and near the University of Arizona, the plan includes bike rental spots as far afield as Reid Park, Pima College's West Campus and South Tucson. 

"The proposed station locations for Phases 1 and 2 are primarily in the denser urban core of Tucson," city spokesman Mike Graham said. "However, there are station locations proposed for up to two miles from the Sun Link streetcar line; bike share will complement the investment in the streetcar."

Pricing and rental policies have yet to be determined, Graham said in a news release. A business plan for the system is scheduled to be released this summer.

"The phasing plan consists of six areas. Phase 3 is intended to build upon phases 1 and 2," Graham said. "There are three other areas suggested for a future phase: one connecting the Rillito River path, one expanding to the south and southeast of Tucson, and one on the east side of Tucson."

From the release:

Bike share is an innovative public transportation system, whereby subscribers have access to a network of bicycles through automated, self-service kiosks located throughout the community. The system is accessed through low-cost subscriptions ranging from one-day access to annual membership. There are over 40 cities in the U.S. that have operating bike share systems. The City of Phoenix launched the first system in Arizona in late 2013.

The city received about 300 suggestions on where to place stations for the project.

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A rendering of a bike-sharing station along the streetcar route.