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Bicycles Image Credit: Moscow traffic, Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Published on June 9th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown

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Moscow Begins Bike-Sharing Program



In the city of Moscow, Russia, a bike-sharing program was recently launched with 220 red bicycles at 30 stations.

Image Credit: Moscow traffic, Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Image Credit: Moscow traffic, Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Russia has not been terribly active where alternative energy is concerned (not necessarily because they are oil-rich), but recently it has shown some interest in reducing its reliance on fossil fuels – by trying to increase its share of renewable energy and now starting this bike-sharing program.

There will be challenges, as Alexy Mityaev said: ‘It’s not easy to ride a bike in Moscow’, but they will learn how to circumvent these issues and this initiative will increase the Russians’ biking experience and subsequently expand bike sharing to other regions in the country.”

Of course, Moscow’s 220 bikes at 30 stations doesn’t compare with New York’s new bike sharing system, which just started with 6,000 bikes at 330 stations. In fact, it doesn’t compare with many of the hundreds of bike-sharing programs around the world. But at least it’s something.

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