Michael Graham Richard: Bike-Sharing: An Idea Who’s Time has Come
After the great success of high-tech bike-sharing program in places like Paris, with its Velib, and Barcelona, among others, it’s about time for the US to join the party.
Some cities already had small-scale and/or low-tech bike-sharing programs, but to scale and really make a difference, you need something more. This is what the District of Columbia (D.C.) is now doing with its Smart Bike DC bike-sharing program that launched this week.
It’s still a bit small – 120 bikes will be available at 10 stations, compared to 20,000 bicycles at 1,500 stations in Paris – but a good start.