We have rental cars, airplanes, helicopter, boats…. why not bicycles? Most times we look at the cost and think there is no need to rent a bicycle when you can easily afford one. The major reason for bike sharing is not because of the cost, it’s basically a means of reducing pollution for short trips that would have been easy to use a bike as well. Bike sharing is getting common everywhere now so why not join the group of people that care about climate change. I remember at Oklahoma state university, we used to have a bicycle network owned by the school which students can easily borrow for short trips inside the campus. Bike sharing network ensures that you always have a bicycle anywhere and anytime you need it.
Today, I read on the Earth Policy Institute website that “500 cities in 49 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of over 500,000 bicycles”, so the question you should ask yourself is why not here? Forward-thinking cities are turning back to the humble bicycle as a way to enhance mobility, alleviate automotive congestion, reduce air pollution, boost health, support local businesses, and attract more young people.In the United States, more than two dozen cities have active public bike-sharing programs, including Washington, DC, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Boston, Miami Beach, Denver, Madison, and Ft. Worth.
On the 8th of April 29, 2013, the city of New York released the city’s first bike sharing program themed;“NYC Bike Share: Designed by New Yorkers ”. From May 2013, Cyclists will be able to purchase passes to the system which at the moment has three subscription options: a 24-Hour Pass for $9.95, a 7-Day Pass for $25, or an Annual Membership for $95. This program will definitely reduce pollution in the city and equally institute healthy lifestyle among residents by exercising with the bikes.
Your short lunch break needs a bike and not your car, you quick run to the store could make use of a bike too, going to classes will be better on bikes and all other short errands will be okay with the use of a bike. I know that problem of theft and vandalism that disrupted previous programs like this will still be there, but designing a unique special bicycle that cannot be sold in the commercial market and having proper monitoring systems like the library book lending will definitely reduce or eliminate theft. This is a call to tell you council representatives that you need a “Bike Sharing” network in your city.