The cities of Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken in New Jersey are teaming up to launch a bike share system this summer that will offer 800 bikes, 50 bike stations and two full-service pavilions. While New York’s Citi Bike is currently the largest bike sharing system in North America, NJ officials are claiming that their program will be the largest “next-gen” bike sharing system on the continent because instead of using fixed docking stations, the smart bikes will include built-in locks that allow riders to lock them up anywhere.

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“Bike sharing is an affordable, sustainable, and convenient transportation option,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We are excited to partner with leading innovators to bring this next-generation system to our residents, businesses and visitors at no cost to taxpayers. I am proud to build upon our successful pilot bike share program and work with our neighbors in Jersey City and Weehawken to create a regional system.”

The program will be operated by Bike and Roll, the largest bike rental company in the United States, and will use German bike sharing company nextbike‘s Cruiser Comfort bike, which is similar in shape and size to Citi Bike. E3Think is providing strategic guidance and P3 Global Management is providing investment capital for the project.

Nextbike’s are already available in more than 80 cities in 14 countries across four continents, including Germany, Austria, Latvia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Dubai (UAE), New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

The New Jersey bike sharing system is still not a done deal. The contract award requires approval from the councils of all three cities before moving forward on implementation.

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Via WABC-TV New York

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