A bikeshare program is set to appear in Baltimore in the fall, and some of the bikes will provide a little electric help for going up hills.

The city’s Board of Estimates awarded a $2.3 million contract to Bewegen Technologies to create Charm City Bike Share. The Canadian company also has agreements to operate bikeshares in Birmingham, Ala., and Richmond, Va.

At a Wednesday morning press conference outside City Hall to show off the bikes, Bicycle Advisory Commission chair Jon Laria spoke of the bikeshare as needed in a city that is lacking transit options, even if it wouldn’t solve all of those transportation issues.


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