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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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cayoyay cayoyay 9 years
The bike-share idea is awesome! Last year I went to Barcelona (Spain) and Paris (France) and they had the bikes all over the place. It was very convenient for local people, not so convenient for visitors because they charged an annual fee rather than a monthly fee or a trip based fee. On a city like SF (with steep hills) I wonder if they should have some electrical bikes. Barcelona and Paris are pretty flat, and that works well for not so in shape kind of people (like myself)
Phil Phil 10 years
I love this idea! Sadly, it probably will never come to Sacramento as I rarely ever even see a person on a bike (or even walking) 'round here.
ktacce ktacce 10 years
Not so much in Charlotte, but I bet this would work in DC! I wonder if there is a component where you can check to see where all the bikes are in the city so you're not wandering around hoping for one.
gingereg gingereg 10 years
That's a great idea for the cities that can do it.
Susanjean Susanjean 10 years
I've biked in NYC and biked all over Dublin and Hong Kong, when I was there (although I rented from a store per day). i don't find city biking to be more dangerous than suburban biking- if anything, I find drivers are more respectful of bikers in cities.I love this idea!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
That's a cool idea.
thehabra thehabra 10 years
We have this where I live.It's a great idea.
NdHebert NdHebert 10 years
That would never go over in Dallas. Areas you could ride a bike are normally surrounded by bad neighborhoods, and in those places you roll up the windows and lock the doors. Good idea though :)
Feesje Feesje 10 years
I saw this in Brussels yesterday. Although I encourage cycling, I must say I would never do this in a big city. It's just too dangerous, especially during rush hour when traffic is already madness. I wouldn't dare to join that kind of madness on a bike. Well, I wouldn't do it in Brussels anyway, I don't know if other capital cities are safer (I sure hope so).
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