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Taking A Test Ride: Las Vegas Bike Share

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Courtesy: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

A bike share station at Premium Outlets North in downtown Las Vegas.

For those of us who think that bicycles are a nifty way of getting around town, the Regional Transportation Commissions' bike share program might be the thing to look into.

Andrew Taylor, a reporter for the View section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, did just that. And he took a test ride.

Taylor picked up a bike at the Arts Factory at Main Street and Charleston Blvd. and road it to the Downtown Container Park at 7th Street and Carson Ave.

He said he had to stick to back alleys and avoid major roads because the car traffic was too heavy. 

He also said the trip took him nearly the entire half hour he was allotted when he rented the bike.

Credit cards are needed when you rent the bike, which costs $4 for a half hour. If the bike is not returned, the fees start adding up. 

Taylor said if you've got a short distance to go and you don't want to hassle with parking when you get there the bike share could be a good option. 

“It’s an easy to get around from one place to another if you’re downtown without having to walk that distance”

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Taylor on a test ride/Photo credit: Chase Stevens

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F. Andrew Taylor, reporter for the View section of The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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