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Bike-share program may soon be coming to Springfield

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On Tuesday, City Council is debating whether or not to allow a bike-share company to place bikes around the city of Springfield.

The agreement would be with the Gotcha Bike Company, which will provide around 70 bikes.

How it works is residents would rent bikes for anywhere from an hour to a full day, using a mobile app. That app would have GPS censors to direct people to the nearest bike available or bike hub.

However, bike users wouldn’t necessarily have to return the rented bikes to a bike hub.

Local bike enthusiasts said they hope the city sees the value this program would bring.

"People who visit the city will be able to hop on a bike and travel to the Lincoln site,” Kevin Greene, with Springfield Bicycle Club, said. “Local residents will be able to rent a bike and ride in their neighborhoods or ride downtown or maybe ride to the pedestrian bicycle trails around the city."

You also don't have to return the bike to the same location you picked it up from.

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Other cities in the state, including Chicago and Bloomington, already have similar bike-share options.

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