Miami Beach, Fl. --
The city of Miami Beach hopes a new bicycle-sharing program will reduce traffic congestion on its small island.
A private vendor is installing a network of 100 self-service stations and 1,000 bicycles across the 7-mile-long and 1-mile-wide city.
Starting in February, riders can swipe a membership or credit card at any DecoBike station to check out a bike. The bicycles can then be returned to any other station.
City officials hope the bikes will help break some residents' and visitors' habit of driving just a few blocks to a restaurant or shop.
The brightly colored bikes have lights and built-in tracking devices.
The program is modeled on popular bike-sharing systems in Paris, Barcelona and Montreal. Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., also have similar programs.
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