Gallery: 6 Awesome Bike Sharing Schemes From Around the World


Following in the footsteps of Paris, bike shares have been huge in London. Launched initially with 15,000 bikes and 1,000 stations, the program aimed to reduce traffic congestion and to clear out some of the city's smog. Initiated by London's former Mayor Ken Livingstone, the scheme is now dubbed the "Boris Bikes" under the city's current Mayor. Distributed across the city the 'granny bikes' may look old fashioned, but they are sturdy and act as a natural anti-theft appeal. Paid for with taxes, the scheme is free for riders for the first half an hour and £1 for each hour thereafter.

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  1. jmme March 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Not a bike sharing program but it is a great bike program that recycles bikes and allows people to earn bikes is the bike rescue in Troy, NY.

  2. jflb85 February 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    with all due respect, I was deeply disappointed when I read this article and found no reference to Montreal’s bixi program, especially knowing that the bixi concept is the program being sold and implemented in all of the above mentioned American cities as well as other cities abroad.

  3. cameobabe February 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    This is a wonderful article! Here in Toronto, our mayor actively fights against bicycles in the city and wants to spend city money to erect a useless ferris wheel on the lake front. We do have a bike share system but it’s nothing compared to the one’s you’ve featured. It’s articles like this that show what makes a world-class city.

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