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BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder B-cycle announced Wednesday an expansion of the program by 70 percent beginning in the spring.

With funding from Kaiser Permanente, which will become a presenting sponsor for the next two years, the bike-sharing program plans 16 new stations, 130 bikes and access 24 hours a day.

Boulder B-cycle expects to have 38 stations and 280 bikes by July, with seven of the new stations to be built closest to the University of Colorado and Naropa University.

A federal grant awarded in 2012 will fund most of the capital costs for the new stations and bikes. With bus service ending each day at midnight, the expansion of B-cycle to 24 hours will help residents and students who work off-hour jobs.

“Bike-share programs make communities healthier, stronger, friendlier, more mobile and more vital,” said Tracy Winfree, director of public works for transportation with the city. “Today’s announcement from B-cycle will make it easier for Boulderites of all ages to access safe, reliable and environmentally friendly transportation.”

The Boulder program began in May 2011. On April 1, there will be numerous options for the program, including $70 for an annual pass, $45 for a 150-day “semester” pass, $20 for a seven-day pass and $8 for a 24-hour pass.