The city of Topeka is offering 100 new bicycles for anyone to use for short-term recreation or commuting in the state’s first public ride-sharing program.
The Topeka Metro Bikes program started rolling Wednesday afternoon after a ceremony on the Washburn University campus.
The bikes, equipped with a basket, GPS and lock, can be found at 10 stations across Topeka. Members sign up for $25, which pays for two hours of use a day. Visitors may use bikes for $2.50 an hour. Members receive a personal identification number to unlock the bikes. The bikes can be left at any station in the city.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Washburn University President Jerry Farley says he thinks the service will help start a culture of bicycle riding in the city.