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Tourists in Clear Lake have a new mode of transportation available to them — bicycles.

Eight bicycles, available in men’s, women’s, girls’ and boys’ styles, can be rented for $25 a day, or $20 for three hours, at the Clear Lake Chamber Office, 205 Main Ave.

“Visitors were requesting it,” said Chamber tourism director Libbey Patton.

She said the Chamber has been working out a way to offer the service for some time.

“Clear Lake is a bicycle-friendly town,” Patton said.

The bicycles are vintage-style beach cruisers for easy, comfortable riding, Patton said. They have been available for rent during business hours since July 17.

Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The bicycles were obtained with support from Wal-Mart, Wayne’s Ski and Cycle, which is assisting with maintenance, and the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, which provided funding for bicycle helmets, signs and a bicycle rack in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Patton said.

Other sponsors are River City Auto and Luker’s All-American Storage.

Additional sponsors are being sought to fund additional bicycles and their maintenance, Patton said.

Profits from the bicycle rental will go towards promoting Clear Lake as a tourist destination.


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