In the race for super-hip bicycle sharing programs, Montgomery County doesn't want to be left in the dust by Philadelphia.
County commissioners, citing a successful pilot program at two locations last year, said the bike share program would begin again Thursday, and expand to a third location.
“We expect the program to grow as more and more people become aware of it, and there is also the possibility of individual municipalities signing on and offering the bike share program on their trails or in their parks," county Assets and Infrastructure interim director Chris Smith said in a statement.
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The three locations where bike share members can rent bicycles are: Norristown Farm Park off the Germantown Pike entrance, Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks, and the head of the Pennypack Trail near Huntingdon Pike in Lower Moreland.
There are four bikes to rent at Norristown and Lower Perkiomen, and six at Pennypack.
The rates remain the same as last year: $5 per hour, $25 per day.
In 2015, the county said there were 717 active bike share members and 1,306 total rides.
The county is using a company called Zagster to administer the program. Bikes are available through Zagster's mobile app or by text to use by the hour or day.
Download the Zagster Mobile App, which is available on iPhone or Android, or go to www.zagster.com/montcopa.