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New bike sharing system coming to South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - 

Starting Monday there is a new way to get around downtown South Bend.

Thanks to the city’s smart street initiative, downtown is more bike friendly.

Now, a new bike share system is starting.

The city is partnering with a company called LimeBike for the program.

The bright green bikes can be found on downtown sidewalks. Residents and tourists will be able to rent the bikes for only $1.

This comes not even a month after the completion of the smart streets project that turned some one-way streets into two-ways, added several roundabouts, and finished by opening a new bike path.

It’s an effort to give the town a more pedestrian-friendly feel.

Now the new LimeBikes can be used on that new bike path.

You can find the bikes, use them and pay for them all through a smartphone app called LimeBike.

The app uses your location to help you find a bike near you. To use the bike, you can scan a code on it or enter its plate number into the app to unlock it.

You’ll need to add a credit or debit card to the app to make the payment.

You can leave the bike anywhere when you’re done. The bike just needs to be locked again, which is done by pressing down on a lock on the back wheel.

More details about the bike share system will be discussed Monday morning at an event at Studebaker Plaza at 10.

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