Monday February 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Good news for Portlanders who think bikes are the best way to get around.

Last week the city was selected as one of just five communities in the country that will receive technical assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency to explore the pros and cons of a Bikeshare program in Portland.

Portland was selected from a list of 121 applicants and joins Bridgeport, Conn., Fort Collins, Colo., Denver and New Orleans as 2013 picks.

If you're not familiar with Bikeshare, it's exactly what it sounds like: a program that makes cycles available for shared use. The bikes are either free or very affordable for short-distance trips and they help decrease the number of motorized vehicles on city streets.

EPA staff and national experts will plan to visit Portland for a one- or two-day workshop to determine how a Bikeshare program would work locally.

The end result could be a bike just when you need it.

Read more in Tom Bell's story.

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