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Healthy Ride Bike Sharing Program Kicks Off To Big Start

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- It's called Healthy Ride, a public bike sharing system that hopes to have 50 bike stations around the city with 500 bikes available to rent.

"I will really use this a lot to show people around the city," says Lindsay Dill of Bloomfield.

Dill says she has lots of visitors and loves the city's new bike sharing system.

"I host people a lot, international people, people from the U.S., whoever comes through the city," says Dill. "And they're always looking to check out as much as they can -- and for me that means showing them around on bike -- and it's hard to keep a lot of functioning bikes in my basement."

Healthy Ride kicked off on Sunday and got plenty of riders.

Two hundred bikes alone were rented for some part of the first day.

"If you're just going to be using it to run errands, you can easily find a docking station close to where you're going to be going," says Judy Vanderbeck, a bike rider.

Bikers say they like the convenience of short-distance biking -- even to work.

"This is just going to be really easy ... three blocks from my house is one of these kiosks stations, and there's one right next to the building I work in. So rent it, go down, and I'm there."

The rental cost is $2 for each half-hour or you can get a monthly pass for $12 to $20 a month.

Right now, 15 bike stations are open, but all 50 should be up and running by the end of the month.

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