After six years of delays, Baltimore is expected to take a critical step toward launching a citywide bike share program.

The city's spending panel is poised to approve Wednesday a $2.36 million contract with Bewegen Technologies to create Charm City Bikeshare, which plans to place 250 to 500 bikes and 25 to 50 electronic bike-share stations across Baltimore, according to the city's request for bids.

Jon M. Laria, chairman of the mayor's Bicycle Advisory Commission, said the wait has been frustrating, but the city might be better off launching its program now than it would have been six years ago.

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