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Bike-sharing program brings new way to travel in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Riding a bike around Knoxville just got a little more convenient thanks to a new bike sharing program launching on Thursday.

"It's a great commuting opportunity," said Kim Bumpas with Visit Knoxville. "A lot of people come out of their hotel room and they don't want to get back in their car, so they jump on one of these bikes. They ride to whatever their experience is for the day and then, with our system, they can leave it there or bring it back "I think that's what's really cool."

The program known as Pace is a bike-sharing model by the company Zagster. 

"We view Pace to be the future of urban transportation, and we are really excited to be here in Knoxville," said Adrain Albus. 

Pace allows bikers to rent bikes for the day from various bike racks around the city and return them to any of those racks. All of this is done through an app on your smartphone. The cost is $1.50 for every 30 minutes and riders can keep the bike for up to 24 hours.

Riders can also put the bike on hold if they make stops and have to rack it temporarily.

You can find the app in Google Play or App Store under "Pace Bike Share."

For more information, visit the Zagster website.

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