City’s bike sharing program postpones launch

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diegans waiting to use the bike sharing program DecoBike may have to keep waiting, as the company announced it is postponing its launch until January.

In November, they planned to launch the bikes in the Gaslamp quarter but have now decided to change their strategy.

The company installed the stations throughout the city between summer and fall.

“I saw these go in a couple of weeks ago but I have yet to see a bike go into one of these locks,” said San Diego resident Spencer Webb. “It is taking up a lot of parking space so I prefer it to be used for the purpose it was put here for."

“Originally we were going to do just Gaslamp, downtown area and continue to install...After further review, we found that it would be better to have 80 in the ground in all of downtown and all of uptown before we deploy the bikes,” said DecoBike Marketing Manager David Silverman. "There are a lot of moving parts to putting a system this large together.”

He added that the first 1,500 members to sign up will receive a free bike helmet.

In July 2013, the city council approved a 10-year partnership with the company to supply the bikes and set up the stations.

The program allows users to rent bikes from a checkout station, ride them wherever they want and then return them to any station.

Rental costs range from $7 an hour or $15 a day to between $20 and $30 a month for an unlimited membership.

“I’m really curious to see what it is and how it works – it’s an exciting concept,” said downtown business owner Alex Feldman.