Park City has launched a fully electric bike-share program



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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Park City has launched one of the country's first fully electric bike-share programs.

City officials say the first phase of the program will support 88 new pedal-assisted e-bikes.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2uNYKHl) the bikes will initially be available at nine charging stations throughout Park City and the Snyderville Basin.

The bikes feature a pedal-assisted lithium battery that feels like the cruise-control on a car going up a hill, adding the powered assistance with each rotation of the pedals.

The assistance is enough to keep the roughly 80-pound bikes and their riders going at a top-speed of 14 mph for about 60 miles between charges.

The launch of the new bike fleet fulfills the plan of a Summit County ballot initiative passed last November calling for an electric bike fleet.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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