Hamilton politicians have given unanimous approval to a bike sharing program, subject to reaching an agreement with a private supplier and operator.
Bikes will be made available for shared use to members of the public who can rent them for a fee on either a daily, monthly or annual basis.
Such programs already exist in many medium and large cities including Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
Director of Transit Don Hull says there will be no cost to taxpayers. He says the expectation is that the program will be 100% funded by Metrolinx, which is the province's transportation agency, and an "external third party".
Stoney Creek Councillor Brad Clark says the program will have tremendous advantages for the community noting that one person using the bike share opens a seat on the bus or takes a car off the road.
Glanbrook's Brenda Johnson believes it will be wonderful for tourism and encourage residents who live outside of the downtown to explore the core.