More U.S. cities launching bike sharing programs

Posted by: Nate Berg

3 July 2011 – 1:00pm

More American cities are following successful European cities’ leads and launching their own bike sharing systems.

From Miami to Des Moines to Denver, cities across the U.S. are getting bikeshare programs rolling.

“Surveys of some program users show that many of the most active members are ages 25 to 35 and they use the bicycles to commute to work or pedal for leisure on weekends.

Washington launched Capital Bikeshare last September. More than 1,100 bikes and 118 stations are now part of the system, and at least 500,000 rides have been taken so far.

Government funding is one reason that these programs have thrived. The federal Department of Transportation pitched in with a $4.8 million grant to help get Capital Bikeshare rolling.”

Source: McClatchy, June 30, 2011

More American cities are following successful European cities’ leads and launching their own bike sharing systems.

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