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New city bike share program debuting Wednesday Healthier Lyon County courtesy graphic

The long-awaited debut of Emporia's new bike share program is coming this week.

Healthier Lyon County Grant Manager Daphne Mertens announced, via a news release, the new program will debut Wednesday. According to the release, six separate solar-powered stations have been installed across Emporia.

Locations include:
*Logan Ave. Elementary School
*Emporia High School
*The Emporia Recreation Center
*Near the Lyon County Sheriff's Office
*Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness

Bikes will be deployed Tuesday and the program will be ready for riders beginning Wednesday. According to the release, the bicycles utilized by the program are single speed bikes with a reflector, basket and safety spring to prevent riders from making an overly sharp turn.

The program is funded by a Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant and will provide low-income residents free transportation to places such as grocery stores. In order to utilize the program, riders will need to download the Movatic app, enter a credit or debit card number -- in the event of damage or theft -- enter the desired station, select the desired bicycle number and the bike will be unlocked via Bluetooth connection.

In total, 24 bikes will be located throughout the six locations. For more information on the program contact Daphne Mertens by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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