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Hailey resident Kaz Thea, now a City Council member, rides one of the public bikes in 2015.

After seven years, the Mountain Rides Transportation Authority is ending its bike-share program.

The program started in 2012 and offered residents and visitors access to one of 40 cruiser bikes, which could be used in Ketchum or in Hailey. It offered an hour free each day and used a website to allow riders to reserve bikes online.

The program had a series of passes available for purchase—a seasonal membership valued at $65, a monthly membership at $30, a four-day pass at $12 and a pay-as-you-go option at $5, according to Mountain Rides.

The city of Hailey acquired many of the bikes through an EPA grant that it received in March 2011. The portion devoted to the bike-share program was worth $20,000.

At a meeting of the Mountain Rides board of directors Wednesday afternoon, Community Development Coordinator Michael David said the program was ending so the transportation agency could focus on its bus service.

“We’re phasing that out completely,” David told the board. “We never lost money on it. We had a good run.”

David said Mountain Rides attorney Michael Pogue was working with the city of Hailey to determine what to do with the bikes, because they were purchased with the city’s grant.

David said he is resigning his position with Mountain Rides after two years of working for it effective June 11. The board voted to approve a motion thanking David for his work.

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