Bicycle Sharing Around the World
Hello, this is Suny. The exciting concept of vehicle sharing is gaining popularity worldwide. Car sharing began in part to help reduce environmental pollution whereby a car is rented from a business or individual at a fixed cost. A car storage facility is located near residential areas, and people can use a car for certain periods as needed and return the car to the storage place. This is very different from the car rental model. People use this system for small and frequent errands such as grocery shopping or moving possessions because the borrowing period is only by the hour.
Bicycle sharing is also growing in popularity at present. Bicycle riding really helps to reduce human carbon emissions. Bicycles are very popular in Korea, but even more so in the United States and Europe. We’ll take a look at bicycle sharing in other countries.
Vélib – Paris, France
This is Vélib, a bicycle sharing program started in Paris in 2007 with 10,000 bicycles. The number of bicycles was increased to 17,000 in 2011. It is so much more lovely to ride a bicycle in romantic Paris than drive a car.
Ispart – Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul and bicycles seem an unusual good match at first glance, but the blue bicycles are very tempting. A bicycle tour around Turkey would prove to be quite a memorable trip.
Melbourne Bike – Melbourne, Australia
The bicycles in Melbourne are dark blue in color, matching the color of the Australian flag. Melbourne Bike began in 2010, but is having a hard time maintaining the program due to budget deficits.
Hubway – Massachusetts, United States of America
Hubway launched in Massachusetts in 2011 with 61 stations and 600 bicycles. It appears to be a larger scale venture. The somber grey is will matched to the city’s atmosphere.
Youbike – Taipei, Taiwan
Colorful bicycles are well suited to Taiwan. Youbike, began in 2009 with 500 bicycles and has gained huge popularity, with 20,000 people using the program in just the first 6 weeks of. I would really like to try one of these bicycles if I ever go to Taiwan.
The bicycle is one good alternative to resolving traffic congestion and air pollution problems around the world. We should all try to use the bicycle whenever we can.