Bike share around the world 1

What do Washington DC, Paris, Denver, Buenos Aires, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Lyon, Boston, Los Angeles, Rio, Miami Beach, Christchurch, Seoul, Madison, Montreal, Des Moines, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Buffalo, Ft. Worth, Frankfurt, London, Melbourne, Tulsa, Salt Lake City, Bucharest, Singapore, Anaheim, Mexico City, Omaha, Shanghai, Kansas City, Seville, Oklahoma City, Ft. Lauderdale, Athens, Monaco, and Chattanooga ALL have in common? Well, lots of things, including that all have some kind of a bike share program. Here is a link to a site that maps the hundreds of existing and planned bike share programs all over the world. Who knows, maybe someday they will all be administratively connected so you can use your CaBi membership to get a bike in Kailua or Bangkok or Dubai!

According to Wikipedia (so it must be true), Spain has the most bike share programs with over 100; the largest in the world is in Hangzhou, China with 61,000 bikes (DC is currently the largest in the US, although New York plans to have some 10,000 bikes), and the oldest dates from 1965 in Amsterdam. I remember the first “bike share” I used was in a small village in Netherlands in the 1980’s – you picked up one of a multitude of rickety old bike anywhere and left it anywhere, unlocked and free of charge. At least, I think the bike I used was part of a bike share program…

Here are photos from a few of the cities with Bikeshare – if you have photos from other cities, we would love to see them.

Ottawa

Ottawa

Minneapolis

Minneapolis

London

London



Washington DC

Washington DC

Nantes

Nantes

Paris

Paris

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

One comment

  1. If scooters and Motorcycles have NO death statistics, and bicycles have 2 to 3 death per year, why is there a Helmet Law for the Scooters and NOT for the bicyclers?
    Answer: Safety (where it isn’t even needed) is the motivation for the Scooters; MONEY is the motivation for the bicyclers.

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