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Starting Monday, August 1, 2016, Santa Monica will lower costs for most riders using its Breeze Bike Share system.

Under the current pricing structure, users can choose between a basic, premium or student plan. A basic plan costs $20 a month, $119 a year for nonresidents or $79 a year for residents, and includes 30 minutes of ride time per day. A premium plan costs $25 a month, $149 a year for nonresidents or $99 a year for residents, and includes 60 minutes of ride time. A student plan costs $47 for six months or $6 per hour with a ride time of 60 minutes.

The pricing overhaul will replace those plans with four options: $99 a year, $25 a month, $7 a month for students or $7 an hour for casual users. Additionally, the annual and monthly passes include 90 minutes of ride time, and the student membership no longer needs to be purchased in six-month increments.

The new pricing structure will include a special rate for employers purchasing memberships for their employees.

“The new Breeze Bike Share Employee Benefits Program allows employers to bulk purchase Breeze Bike Share plans for their employees for as little as $19/year,” according to a press release.