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Bike-Shares: The Future of Bikes

Wish you could ride a bike, but don't have the extra cash or the space to own a bike of your own? Well several cities are testing out "bike-sharing," so that anyone can ride a bike, even if they don't own it.

Basically this is how it's supposed to work: With a cellphone call or swipe of a card, you unlock a bike from its bike rack and ride it to wherever you want to go. Once at your destination, you find the closest bike rack and, with one more call or card swipe, return the bike to the public network. You pay less than $.50 for the trip, and the bike is once again available for the taking.

So-called “bike-sharing” already exists in cities across Europe, with over 10,000 bikes at 750 stations being installed in Paris alone. Bike-sharing could revolutionize transportation altogether. New York City just recently tested out the idea with their Bike-Share Project for a week this past July.

How cool is that? I love this idea and hope they bring it to San Francisco sometime soon! It would be so great to be able to hop on a bike at lunch and ride across the city to have lunch -- All without having to carry a bike on the bus during rush hour each day and night.


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