The first bike-share station in Bend is scheduled to open Friday. The private station will serve people who work in offices at 50 S.W. Bond St. in downtown Bend. This includes the Oregon Natural Desert Association and Commute Options, a nonprofit that encourages alternative transportation.
Last year, the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization began researching whether the city could start a bike share program. City officials said there was no money at the time, and so far, the city has not moved ahead with such a program.
The private prototype bike share station will have three new custom Bend Velo bikes and helmets, which all users must wear, according to a news release from Commute Options. The station will also have bike tools, locks, sign-out sheets and the rules for the system. Commute Options wants to introduce the concept to the community, and in the news release cited large-scale bike share systems such as the Washington, D.C., program, which allows anyone with a credit card to join for an annual fee. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for noon Friday.