Apparently bike-shares are found world-wide. Wikipedia has a substantial page, citing numerous international examples, including Boston, China, Paris, Netherlands . . . .
There are companies that do nothing but set up bike share programs. Republic Bikes has a contract with, among others, Google, maintaining a fleet for use at the Mountain View campus. Gotta give them credit -- that is truly a bike only Google could love. (Query: does joining Google mean you discard all self respect, or is it only when you are actually on the clock? Query 2: does Google ever hire Goths?)
|Picture pulled from Republic Bikes web page.|
A program has opened in Indianapolis. It is called "Pacers Bikeshare" and bears the Indiana Pacers' brand and logo. The website shows no actual relationship to the basketball team, so one assumes the bikeshare program has merely licensed the intellectual property -- for what reason I have no idea. Does basketball make you want to ride a bike? Does riding make you want to watch basketball?
|Bikeshare stand on Mass Ave. and Walnut Street, Indianapolis|
I wonder if it will take. The winter here is a tad harsh for a year-round bike share, so I assume this will be in place from March to October or so.