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Green transportation takes off in Owensboro

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - A way to save gas money and stay fit is becoming pretty popular in Owensboro.

Thanks to a grant from Owensboro Medical Health System, you may start seeing more bike riders downtown.

"Are you ready? I don't know if I am or not," bike renter Stacey Whitehead says to a friend as they take off on a tandem bike.

A nice day and two bucks is all it takes to enjoy a bike ride for a whole day around Owensboro.

"We're downtown now and we're interested in green transportation and this looked like a good fit for us.  Something we could work on," GRITS Transportation Director Dan Lanham says.

Green River Intra-county Transportation Services thousands of residents daily by bus.

After attending the We the People meeting last year, the agency wanted to offer rides to those that don't mind doing their own pedaling.

I want to go down by the river," Whitehead says.

The new bike rental program is just taking off.  The goal is to get more people active and encourage more visits to downtown Owensboro.

All you need is a driver's license and cash and you're handed the combination to unlock a day's ride.  These riders say it's a great break after work, saving money driving other places for fun.

GRITS Director Dan Lanham expects the program to grow once downtown revitalization nears completion.

"It'll be really fun to come down and get a bike to ride around and look at all the new things happening down here and once the weather gets a little nicer I think it'll be a lot of fun," Lanham says.

Right now there are four women's, four men's and one tandem bike available to rent. Officials hope to add more in the future.

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