Published on April 29th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan2
Bike-Sharing Programs In 500+ Cities Around The World
April 29th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
When I was the executive director of a nonprofit organization in Charlottesville, VA, focused on expanding the area’s transportation options (most notably, bicycling and mass transit), one of my aims was to get a bike-sharing program rolling in the city. At that time, this was a very nascent trend, and I didn’t manage to get it going in my short year there. However, the trend has been a great success around the world, and I imagine a program will be there and in many, many more cities across the world within the coming years. In this repost below, Janet Larsen of the Earth Policy Institute looks at the situation today, from bike-sharing programs in Paris to Barcelona to London to Hangzhou to New York City, as well as a brief history of the world’s three generations of bike-sharing programs. Enjoy! (If the article doesn’t fully load the first time, simply refresh this page or read the article on sustainablog.)
By Janet Larsen Politicians, lobbyists, and tourists alike can ride bicycles along a specially marked lane between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, part of the 115 miles of bicycle lanes and paths that now crisscross Washington, DC. In Copenhagen, commuters can ride to work following a “green…
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