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Downtown Las Vegas bike sharing has 9K rentals in first year

A bicycle-sharing program in downtown Las Vegas drew more than 9,000 rentals during its first year of operation, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada said Thursday.

Riders logged nearly 60,000 miles to burn an estimated 2.3 million calories since October 2016, RTC spokeswoman Monika Bertaki said.

RTC officials will mark the milestone with music, entertainment, food and a raffle during a free “birthday party” from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St.

A special gold-colored bicycle was added to the bike fleet. Riders who post a photo of themselves with the “unicorn bike” on social media, using the hashtags #RTCBikeShare and #VegasGoesGold, will be entered to win Golden Knights tickets and other prizes, RTC officials said.

There are 180 bicycles available at 21 rental stations spread across downtown. The cost to ride is $8 for 24 hours.

Through the end of the year, 30-day bike share passes can be purchased for $1 during the first month when selecting the auto-renew option and using the code BDAY1. After that, users will be charged the regular $20 cost for monthly membership.

The RTC is also soliciting suggestions for new bike share stations in downtown through a two-question survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTCbikeshare.

Contact Art Marroquin at amarroquin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Follow @AMarroquin_LV on Twitter.

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