PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Bike Share plans to spend $500,000 from a federal grant to outfit the city with 500 bicycles for the public bicycle-sharing program.

Bike Share officials tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that they hope to fund the program through charitable foundations. That would make Pittsburgh’s program a public service, rather than a money-making venture, which is how similar programs are run in other U.S. cities.

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The group would like to keep the cost of renting the bikes down to about 50 cents an hour to encourage more people to use them.

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The bikes will be stored at 50 electronic kiosks around the city. Users can pay for the short-term rentals with a credit card that unlocks the bike.

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