Why Bike-sharing Works

Commuting by bikeCities large and small in the U.S. and around the world are providing people with a new transportation option: public transit by bike. Not only do these bike share programs give folks a new way to get around town; they reduce traffic, global warming emissions and smog to boot. Learn more about how bike-sharing works here.

Word is that most people who try it get hooked. Maybe because it’s a form of nearly door-to-door transportation or because it’s so fast and cheap. Maybe because people prefer getting their exercise in the course of their daily business to spending an hour at the gym. Or perhaps it’s just that compared to all the other possible ways of getting around town, bike-sharing turns out to be the most hassle-free.

Casey Neistat compares the pain-in-the-ass factor of using New York’s CitiBike to get to work vs. his own bike and a taxi in this entertaining video. Guess which won.

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2 Responses to Why Bike-sharing Works

  1. Dave Hofmann June 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Great newsletter article but it turns out there’s one more powerful, and “green”, reason to use bike share programs – economic. It’s cheap compared to other personal transportation options.

  2. Maia June 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Portland Oregon had city owned bikes in the early 1990s. They were free and you could pick up and drop off where ever you needed.