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Bike share program proposed for Mason City

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MASON CITY | The Mason City Park Board Monday night authorized using park property for bike racks and staff assistance in a proposed bike share program for Mason City.

The City Council will consider approving the overall program at its meeting Tuesday night. The council meets at 7 p.m. in the Mason City Room of the public library.

The bike share program would be administered through Koloni Share of Pocahontas, which operates similar programs in other Iowa communities. Forest City plans to initiate the program later this month, according to Steve Schurtz, who spoke at the Park Board meeting.

Schurtz is a member of the city's Active Living and Transportation Commission, which works in conjunction with the Blue Zones program.

The program allows participants to use their smart phone to activate the system, unlock a bicycle from a rack, ride it and then return it to the same rack or another rack in the system and lock it, Schurtz said.

Schurtz said the commission is asking the City Council to approve the program and authorize the first bike rack to be at City Hall. He said the goal in Phase I is to have three bike racks -- perhaps one in East Park and the other at the MacNider Campgrounds -- and 12 bicycles.