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Decatur Commission To Discuss Bike Sharing

The Decatur City Commission will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, then hold the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

The Decatur City Commission will talk about a bike share feasability study during a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday work session.

The city has taken steps to encourage cycling, such as creating bike lanes and painting sharrows on streets. Decatur was designated a bike-friendly community in October by the League of American Bicyclists.

Bike sharing, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, is "a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental.  Members can check a bicycle out from a network of automated bicycle stations, ride to their destination, and return the bicycle to a different station."

Locally, a bike share programs can be found on Georgia Tech’s campus, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Many European cities as well as Charlotte, Chattanooga, Miami Beach, New York, and Washington, D.C., have bike-share programs.

The commission will hold a dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m., the work session at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are held in city hall and are open to the public.

To see the full agenda for the meeting, go to the City of Decatur website.

Residents can watch the 7:30 p.m. meeting on live streaming video on their home computers by going to the city website.

The commission meetings will still be rebroadcast on Comcast channel 25 at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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