Champaign council set to renew bike-share program; electric versions on way

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Perceived by the city council as a success overall, the dockless-bike-sharing program will be renewed this year, officials decided in a study session Tuesday.

It has been less than a year since VeoRide’s turquoise bikes started showing up all over campus and the twin cities, and Ben Thomas, general manager of the company’s Champaign-Urbana fleet, said this market is already one of the its busiest, clocking in 165,000 rides within six months, or about two to three rides a day per bike.

Given the high level of usage, VeoRide plans to replace 150 of its 500 bikes here with electric models after University of Illinois students return from spring break.

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