Atlanta will soon have bike sharing stations similar to this one in central London.

Atlanta will soon join list of cities around the world that have a bike share program.

Popular in New York, London and Paris, bikes for public use are parked at various locations around those cities and can be rented for short trips by the locals or for use by tourists.

Atlanta Commissioner of Planning and Community James E. Shelby told the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods Jan. 9 that the city would issue a contract this summer to install 57 stations around the city with more than 500 bikes available for rent. Advertising on the bikes will offset the cost of the program and tracking devices will be installed so the bikes don’t go missing, Shelby said.

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