The city of Tel Aviv has come up with a new plan to try to reduce its ever-growing traffic problems - starting in the summer months, it will set up 100 bicycle-hire stations around the city that will rent out bicycles to residents and visitors, reports www.local.co.il. The city will soon annnounce a tender for a five-year franchise-holder for the bicycle rental stations, which will contain a total of 2000 bicycles. According to the report, the city is always looking for ways to alleviate the endless traffic jams and parking problems faced by residents and tourists, and one of the ways it seeks to do this is by encouraging the use of bicycles. The city has already completed the construction of 74 km of bicycle paths, and promises to have 100 km completed by 2009. In the planned project, 100 bicycle rental stations are to be set up at distances of about 500 meters from one another. Bicycles will be available for short- or long-term rental, at a cost of NIS 5 to 10 per hour.