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Getting around Frederick by bicycle could get a little easier if a bike-sharing program the city is exploring becomes a reality.

The Frederick Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Transportation grant Aug. 16 that provides $12,000 to study the feasibility of a bike-sharing program in the city. The city will provide a $3,000 match in the form of in-kind services, according to Tim Davis, a transportation and airport planner for the city.

Bike-sharing programs, like the one in Washington, D.C., charge rental fees for using bikes, which are available in public areas.

Frederick’s study will examine the potential costs of a program, as well as possible locations and designs.

Frederick officials have been actively working toward being bicycle friendly since the formation of the Ad Hoc Bicycle committee in 2010.

The group has been behind several successful projects, including the downtown historical bicycle loop and a shared-use bike path on West 7th Street, which culminated in the city receiving a bronze designation as a bicycle-friendly city from the League of American Bicyclists. There are 214 U.S. cities with the honor.

tlaino@gazette.net