This week in Jerusalem: Bikers, your time

The goal is for the first 50 bike rental stations to be operational by the end of this year, with more stations to come afterward.

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January 11, 2018 13:49
Independence Park in Jerusalem

Independence Park in Jerusalem. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Bikers, your time
Remember the bikes-for-rent project that was stuck because the haredim at city council refused to allow it on Shabbat? Well, thanks to minor technological wonders, it seems that this is finally happening. The latest agreement is that the tender for the project will specify that the operators will not work on Shabbat, but riders will be allowed to use a smartphone app to rent a bike at one of the stations across the city.

Now that a solution has been found, the goal is for the first 50 bike rental stations to be operational by the end of this year, with more stations to come afterward. It took two years to work out this compromise solution, but now it is here and the haredi city council representatives are on board.

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