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Cold weather deters CAT bikers

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Chatham Area Transit launched the first bike sharing program in Georgia Friday, but the cold weather kept most people away from the new form of public transportation in the city.

"It's a little cold," said Ken Elwood

It's the ideal service for Savannah, but not necessarily the ideal day to launch the new bike sharing service.

"I will be riding, but not today, it's a little chilly," said Alderman Van Johnson.  

The unique concept has already caught people's attention.

"I think it's a good idea, I think it's something that's definitely going to catch on," said Elwood.  

The process is simple; all you need is your credit card.

It's only $5 to rent for 24 hours, and the first hour is free.

However, there is a catch. You must dock the bike every hour or you will be charged an additional $2 every thirty minutes.

"It's really geared toward short trips," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Savannah Bicycle Campaign. "If you want to rent a bike for the weekend this is probably not the way to go."

Bennett says if you are looking to scoot around the city, this high-tech bike has everything you need.

"It does have a GPS device so the bikes won't go missing," said Bennett.  "It's very easy to ride.  It has a step through frame, three speed transmission, a basket to put stuff in and lights. So it's everything you need to get the job done"

There are two locations to rent a bike, Ellis Square and the CAT station off Oglethorpe. You can return the bikes to either place but if lost, it costs $1,500 to replace them.  

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