updated 4/26/2010 12:58:51 PM ET 2010-04-26T16:58:51

A bicycle rental program has been added at Grand Canyon National Park.

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Visitors will be able to rent bicycles starting May 1 from the visitor center through the fall season, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The National Park Service issued a commercial use permit to Bright Angel Bicycles LLC for the rental program. The one-year permit can be extended for a second year.

Guided tours also will be offered.

Park Superintendent Steve Martin says bicycling is a good way for visitors to experience the park's popular South Rim, which has bicycle-friendly infrastructure.

Bicyclists won't have to contend with private vehicle traffic in some areas. Shuttle buses can carry three bicycles each.

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