Bikesharing is a program that allows individuals to rent a bicycle from a kiosk, usually in an urban area for short distance transportation.
According to wikipedia, as of last year, there were 136 bikesharing programs in 165 cities around the world, with estimated fleet of 237,000 bicycles.
Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C. has 1,670 bicycles operating from 175 stations and is known as the largest bike sharing service in the United States.
The city of Cincinnati is considering a bikeshare and is asking for input on where it should place bike share stations. There is a map where you insert a pointer to make your suggestion. The deadline to give input is August 10. The site allows you see to see the suggestions that others have made so it is pretty interesting reading. Cincinnati has “an uphill battle” to be a bicycle friendly city! I hope the bikes they get have a really, really BIG first gear!
I wonder if the bikeshare bicycles will have racks and panniers? What about helmets?
At Capital Bikeshare its BYOH but they do provide a list of where you can purchase a helmet with a discount for Capital Bikeshare members.