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Chicago's only existing bike-share program, B-Cycle, launched last summer, but it only has six stations and is mostly used by tourists. The new program is much broader in scope, and more likely to be useful to locals. A Tribune article notes that the docking stations will be solar powered and spaced about a quarter-mile apart in densely populated areas. Federal grants will pay for the initial costs of the bikes and the stations, after which the city will hire a vendor to operate the program, which is expected to be self-sustaining.