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LONG BEACH (AP) — A privately-funded bicycle sharing program using 250 self-service kiosks and 2,500 bikes has been approved by Long Beach officials.

The City Council approved the partnership with Bike Nation on Tuesday. Bicycle rental kiosks will begin popping up in the downtown area in February.

The project won’t cost taxpayers.

The city is providing public right of way locations for the bike share stations and Bike Nation plans to invest $12 million to develop the program.

Bicycle usage fees range from $6 for a 24-hour membership with discounts for longer periods: $12 for three days, $25 for a week, $35 for a month and $75 for a year.

Yearly student and senior memberships cost $50.

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