The Reno-Sparks area is one step closer to getting a bikeshare program.

Bikesharing-- banks of bicycles that people can rent for varying lengths of time without going into a rental shop-- is common in larger cities, especially those with strong tourism industries. South Lake Tahoe has a bikeshare program, called LimeBike.

The City of Sparks voted Monday afternoon to join in the interlocal agreement with Reno and the University of Nevada to look into getting a bikeshare program here. It's still early in the process, so they don't know exactly what that would look like, or where the bikes would go, but Sparks officials said they think it will be good for tourism.

"The idea for bikeshare is really to provide the community with another form of transportation, an alternate mode of transportation," Sparks Transportation Manager Amber Sosa said. "We know that bikeshare is getting a lot of support in other cities. It's highly successful in tourist areas, and we think that it could possibly be a good fit for our community."

Now that the Sparks is on board, the idea goes to the Washoe County Commission for approval. If they sign on, then the City of Reno will get the green light to start taking bids from different bikeshare companies.

The bikeshare issue is on the agenda for the Washoe County Commission meeting Wednesday. Stay tuned to KTVN for updates.