Bike-Sharing: An Idea Who’s Time has Come

02008-08-17 | Bicycle | 0 comments

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.

Velib – in French
Velib on Wikipedia
SmartBike – a ClearChannel company (!)

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