SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay-area commuters fed up with traffic-clogged streets have a new option to get around the region.
A program launched on Thursday allows them to hop on one of more than 600 bikes parked at about 70 different stations.
Bike-laden racks are available to link riders between Caltrain stops in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Jose and Mountain View and downtown business districts.
Users can pay a fee for either a 1-year, 3-day or 24-hour pass that entitles them to check out the specially designed bikes for 30 minutes. Longer trips cost more.
Bike-share programs are common in many European cities, as well as Latin America. About a dozen U.S. cities also have them, including Washington, D.C., Chicago and Denver.
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