MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – Popular in Paris, Montreal and Washington D.C., Miami Beach city officials are hoping a new bike sharing program will be a big hit when it kicks off next month.

A private vendor is putting the finishing touches on a network of 100 DecoBike stations around the city.

In February, anyone who wishes to use a bike can go to one of the self service stations and either using a credit card or membership card to check out a bike. The bikes can be returned to any station. City officials hope with one thousand bicycles available, traffic congestion will be cut when residents break the habit of driving a few blocks to shop or go to restaurants.

To combat theft, each of the brightly colored bikes is equipped with a built-in tracking device.

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