700 shared bikes to link counties 

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Regional air quality and transit officials are planning a bike-rental program that will launch later this year with 70 docking stations, holding 700 Canadian-made bicycles, stretching from San Francisco to San Jose.

The program mirrors similar ones in Paris; London; Boston; Washington, D.C.; and one launched in New York earlier this month, said Karen Schkolnick of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The $7 million program is set to start in August with about 700 seven-speed, unisex bikes made by the Montreal-based Public Bike System Company, with equipment repairs to be handled by Alta Bike Share of Portland, Ore., Schkolnick said.

The program is operating in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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