BOSTON (AP) – Boston officials are hoping to reach a final decision with a Canadian company to create what would be the largest, urban bike-sharing system in the U.S.

Officials are in talks with the Public Bike System Company in Montreal to install a network of 2,500 bikes and 290 stations across the city by next summer, with the option of expanding to a 5,000-bike system encompassing neighboring Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.

The system would offer individuals the ability to rent bikes from one location with the swipe of a credit card, pedal to their destination, and drop off the bike at another location.

If approved, Boston’s system would be far larger than the nation’s only existing urban bike-sharing program in Washington, DC, which has about 100 bicycles and 12 stations.


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