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Maryland county launches bicycle share program

Howard County launched a bicycle sharing program in Columbia. Pictured are, from left: Steven C. Snelgrove, President, Howard County General Hospital; Danielle McQuigg, nursing director from Howard County General Hospital; Mary Kay Sigaty, Howard County Councilmember; Nikki Highsmith Vernick, President and CEO of the Horizon Foundation; Greg Fitchitt, Senior Vice President for Development, The Howard Hughes Corporation; Loomis Zayzay, Howard Community College student; Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Executive; Barbara Nicklas, Senior General Manager, The Mall in Columbia; Jane Dembner, Director of Planning and Community Affairs, Columbia Association; Braunyno Belo Ayotte, Bewegen Technologies; Chris Eatough, Howard County Office of Transportation, Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator

Howard County launched a bicycle sharing program in Columbia. Pictured are, from left: Steven C. Snelgrove, President, Howard County General Hospital; Danielle McQuigg, nursing director from Howard County General Hospital; Mary Kay Sigaty, Howard County Councilmember; Nikki Highsmith Vernick, President and CEO of the Horizon Foundation; Greg Fitchitt, Senior Vice President for Development, The Howard Hughes Corporation; Loomis Zayzay, Howard Community College student; Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Executive; Barbara Nicklas, Senior General Manager, The Mall in Columbia; Jane Dembner, Director of Planning and Community Affairs, Columbia Association; Braunyno Belo Ayotte, Bewegen Technologies; Chris Eatough, Howard County Office of Transportation, Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator. (Howard County Government photo)

COLUMBIA — Dozens of bicyclist tested some new wheels at the launch of a BikeShare program in a Maryland county.

The Baltimore Sun reports Howard County launched a BikeShare program at the Columbia lakefront on Thursday. The program includes 70 bikes that feature adjustable seating and front baskets. Kiosks will keep track of how many trips are taken on each bike, its total distance traveled and its GPS location to study riding patterns in the community.Chris Eatough, the county’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, says the program connects people and makes the journey as good as the destination.Riders can sign up online for yearly, monthly or one-time membership passes. According to the county’s BikeShare statistics, as of Thursday afternoon, the program had 58-pass-holders and 51 occasional riders.