in

New York City Bicycle Sharing Program to be BIG!

new york city bicycle sharing program
I just wrote a piece on a cool visualization project of the new London cycle scheme, or bike sharing program. Now, on the other side of the Atlantic, we have some very exciting news about a bicycle sharing program in New York.

I have been pretty critical of U.S. bicycle sharing programs in the past, and I think for good reason. While many of them reference and are trying to replicate the extremely successful Paris bike-sharing program, Vélib’, they are using 100 bikes or so instead of the tens of thousands of bikes Vélib’ uses — not even on the same playing field.

Nonetheless, my point is not that bicycle sharing programs aren’t awesome. When I was working as the Executive Director of a non-profit promoting sustainable transportation and development in Virginia a couple years ago, this is one of the main programs I was interested in. And my thoughts were that such programs would become some of the hottest and best ways to promote cleaner transportation.

The point is just, if you want to make a difference, you have to put something significant in first.

Now, one city that seems to get this is New York City. When I was working in this field full-time, I have to say that NYC seemed to be doing the best work the fastest. Portland and some other cities are at a higher level for such things today, but NYC seems to be doing the most to improve themselves. And, as a result, cycling has risen dramatically in NYC in recent years.

Their newest effort is to actually, more-or-less, replicate the extremely successful Vélib’ bicycle sharing program, not just say they are.

NYC is reportedly aiming to launch a new bicycle sharing program now that will start with 10,500 bikes (500 more than Vélib’ started with), and expand to 49,000. Now, that is the way to do it!

This is brand new… news, so there aren’t a lot of details out there on it just yet. But I definitely plan to come back to this if it moves forward as it is supposed to.

Are you crazy about bikes? If you are, you may want to join the Biking Revolution of Love & Freedom facebook group. Check it out.

Photo Credit: Stuck in Customs via flickr

Written by Zach

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009.

Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity.

To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

London Cycle Scheme “Boris Bikes” Visualized

Bicycle City