BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills City Council has agreed to purchase 50 “smart” bicycles to launch bike sharing by fall 2015.

During the April 7 study session, the City Council approved the $327,000 purchase, which includes 50 bicycles that have a GPS tracking system, docking stations, information and sales kiosks and one year of operating expenses.

Beverly Hills is the second city in the region next to Santa Monica to start a bike share program. Beverly Hills’ bicycle sharing program will be branded separately, but will utilize the same bicycle manufacturer and will be similar to Santa Monica’s program. Los Angeles and other cities are also creating similar bike programs.

The City Council commissioned a bike share feasibility study to decide the locations for docking stations, ridership forecast and the perfect size of the program, which is expected to be completed by June.

For additional information residents can contact the Transportation Planning Division at (310) 285-2542.