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Bike-Sharing Programs in US Cities by Supriya Kanal

Posted by: | May 10, 2014 Comments Off on Bike-Sharing Programs in US Cities by Supriya Kanal |

Imagine you are walking in a city. You realize you need to walk 15 blocks in order to get to your next destination. At this point, public transportation will take too long and a taxi is pricey and nowhere to be found. Luckily for you, you are in a city with a bike-sharing program. You simply rent the bike and travel to your destination in a timely and hassle free manner. Problem solved.

This has been the objective of many cities: adopt bike-sharing programs in order to help pedestrians travel throughout their cities. Bike-sharing programs allow pedestrians to essentially rent a bike from a bike station, which can be found on the sidewalks of a city, ride the bike to the destination needed, and return the bike at any other bike station that happens to be close by. In order to pay for the bike being used, some bike stations offer annual memberships that allow people to subscribe to. Another way pedestrians pay for these bikes is by renting them while incurring an hourly or daily fee. 

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